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Re: Cartoon Intifada

By on 2.4.06 | 12:33PM

James: Sorry, pal, but State is doing what it usually does. Backing the bad guys. Here's the latest from State spokesbeing Kurtis Cooper (reported with enthusiasm by both Reuters and al-Jazeera):

"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable."

What is not acceptable is the State Department impliedly agreeing that Sharia law should be substituted for the First Amendment. I'm not saying Condi should go. Yet. But Cooper, and whomever supposedly supervises him, should be getting pink slips before sundown.

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