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September 23, 2012 2:06 am

A Muhammad Cartoon a Day

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When Salman Rushdie mocked Islamic sanctities in 1989 in his magical realist novel The Satanic Verses, Ayatollah Khomeini did something shockingly original: He pronounced a death edict on Rushdie and all those connected to the production of his book. By doing this, Khomeini sought to impose Islamic mores and laws on the West; we don’t insult the prophet, he effectively said, and neither can you.

That started a trend of condemning those in the West deemed anti-Islamic that persists to this day. again and again, when Westerners are perceived as denigrating Muhammad, the Koran, or Islam, Islamists demonstrate, riot and kill.

Khomeini’s edict also had the unexpected side effect of empowering individuals – Western and Islamist alike – to drive their countries’ policies.

On the Western side, Fleming Rose, a newspaper editor, created the greatest crisis for Denmark since World War II by publishing twelve Muhammad cartoons. Florida pastor Terry Jones caused panic for American commanders in Afghanistan by threatening to burn a Koran. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and friends prompted a crisis in U.S. relations with Egypt with an amateurish video, Innocence of Muslims. By publishing vulgar pictures of Muhammad, French weekly Charlie Hebdo is causing the French government temporarily to shut down diplomatic missions in twenty countries. Plans by the German satirical magazine Titanic to publish attacks on Muhammad have likewise caused German missions to be closed.

On the Islamist side, an individual or group took one of these perceived offenses and turned it into a reason to riot. Khomeini did this with The Satanic Verses and Ahmad Abu Laban did likewise with the Danish cartoons. Hamid Karzai goaded Afghans to riot over burned Korans by American soldiers and Egyptian preacher Khaled Abdullah turned Innocence of Muslims into an international event.

In brief, any Westerner can buy a Koran for a dollar and burn it, while any Muslim with a platform can transform that act into a fighting offense. As passions rise on both sides of the democratized Western / Muslim divide, Western provocateurs and Islamist hotheads have found each other and confrontations occur with increasing frequency.

Which prompts this question: What would happen if publishers and managers of major media reached a consensus, “Enough of this intimidation, we will publish the most famous Danish Muhammad cartoon every day until the Islamists tire out and no longer riot”? What would happen if instances of Koran burning happened recurrently?

Would repetition inspire institutionalization, generate ever-more outraged responses, and offer a vehicle for Islamists to ride to greater power? Or would it lead to routinization, to a wearing out of Islamists, and a realization that violence is counter-productive to their cause?

I predict the latter, that a Muhammad cartoon published each day, or Koranic desecrations on a quasi-regular basis, will make it harder for Islamists to mobilize Muslim mobs. Were that the case, Westerners could once again treat Islam as they do other religions – freely, to criticize without fear. That would demonstrate to Islamists that Westerners will not capitulate, that they reject Islamic law, that they are ready to stand up for their values.

So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: display the Muhammad cartoon daily until the Islamists get used to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.

Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum. This article was originally published by Fox News.

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  • You are all damned by the media
    media show you that Islam and Mohamed are evil and you accept that without thinking or searching the truth.
    Not all…….
    because there are who had the bravery to search the truth. and this why a lot of people from USA and Europe Asia convert to Islam
    for example 4000 per year in Germany

    • Ron Holzwarth

      So, Mohamed, 4,000 people per year convert to Islam in Germany?

      I wonder how many people commit adultery per year in Germany. It has to be more than 4,000.

      Following Mohamed’s logic, it therefore follows that committing adultery is a good thing, and more people should do it.

    • Ron Holzwarth

      It’s not that Islam itself is evil, not at all. It’s just like any other religion in that it is the interpretation of it that is important.

      Islam has apparently been hijacked by extremists who believe that the wars fought in the 8th century should still be being fought, and for the exact same reasons.

      In the future, we might see a Reform Islam arise, much as Christianity reformed itself after Martin Luther tacked his 95 Theses on a church door in the year 1517. After the Reformation, there were no more Crusades, and the better aspects of the ancient teachings became mainstream thought.

      But there is a problem in that the Reformation didn’t happen until 1,500 years after Jesus had died. So, if Islam reforms itself after the same length of time, it will happen in about the year 700 + 1,500 = 2,200 AD.

      So, in about 200 years, Islam might enter the modern age. That is, if the world isn’t destroyed because some still cling to antiquated interpretations of events and teachings from over a thousand years ago.

  • The Infidel Alliance


    In the 7th century a man claiming to be a holy prophet and the mouthpiece of a capricious god burst upon the Arabian peninsula. He preached an intolerant, misogynistic, violent totalitarian theology. The man was Muhammed, the theology was Islam.

    This savage barbarian inspired an army of savage barbarians who over the next 1,400 years, following his mandates and emulating his examples, slaughtered, raped, attacked, invaded, oppressed, subjugated and terrorized their way across North Africa, into Spain and France, throughout the Middle East, into Persia and India, and up into Eastern Europe.

    Today, we again face the murdering minions of Muhammed, and if we take a close look at these modern day Islamic terrorists a curious, indeed amazing pattern emerges:

    1) MOHAMMED Atta, 9/11 airline Jihadist
    2) Abdulhakim Mujahid MUHAMMED, Little Rock recruiting center assasin
    3) MOHAMMED Reza Taheri-azar, UNC SUV jihadist
    4) MOHAMMED Ajmal Amir Kasab, Mumbai jihadist
    5) Husayn MUHAMMED al-Umari, Pan Am Flight 830 bomber
    6) Fahd MOHAMMED Ahmed al-Quso, USS Cole bomber
    7) Khalid Sheikh MOHAMMED, beheader of Daniel Pearl
    8) MOHAMMED Sidique Khan, London Tube suicide jihadist
    9) Ramzi MOHAMMED, convicted London Tube jihadist
    10) Whabi MOHAMMED, London Tube ‘5th’ bomber
    11) Fazul Abdullah MOHAMMED, Tanzanian embassy bomber
    12) MAHMOUD Ahmadinejad, despotic Shia leader of Islamic Republic of Iran
    13) MOHAMMED Bouyeri, savage Islamist killer of Theo Van Gogh
    14) MOHAMMED Ali Hamadei, airline hijacker
    15) MOHAMMED Safady, Munich Olympics terrorist
    16) AHMAD Marrouf al-Assadi, Achille Lauro hijacker
    17) MEHMET Ali Ağca, Islamist who attempted to assasinate Pope John Paul
    18) MOHAMMED Atif Siddique, Scottish terrorist conspiritor
    19) Kafeel AHMED, Glasgow Airport bomber
    20) Abdulla AHMED, ‘Liquid’ bomber
    21) John Allen MUHAMMED, mass murdering D.C. sniper
    23) MOHAMMED Haydar Zammar, al-Qaeda recruiter who assembled the Hamburg cell
    24) Jaish-e-MOHAMMED, Pakistani jihadist terror organization
    25) Mullah MOHAMMED Omar, Taliban terrorist leader
    26) Maulana Sufi MOHAMMED, Pakistani jihadist who killed 11 police officers
    27) MOHAMMED Meraj Khan, arrested for working under a false name at Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project
    28) Arif MOHAMED Saeed MOHAMED Al-Ali, arrested for human trafficking offenses
    29) MOHAMED Ali MOHAMED, arrested in Tanzania for the July 2010 bombings that killed 76 people
    30) MOHAMMED Wali Zazi, on trial in Brooklyn federal court for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators to cover up his son’s foiled New York Jihad attack.
    31) MOHAMMED Mamdouh and AHMED Serhani, arrested in terrorist plot against NYC Synagogue
    32) Omer Abdi MOHAMED, admitted one count of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim others in a foreign country.

    And, of consequence, Osama bin Laden’s full name is Osama bin MOHAMMED bin Awad bin Laden.

    Mohammed…Muhammed…Mahmoud…Mehmet…Ahmed…and on and on and on….all namesakes of Islam’s ‘holy prophet’, all committed to violence and intolerance in the tradition of Muhammed and in the name of Islam.

    This has to be either:

    1) the greatest Las Vegas odds defying ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ coincidence in the history of oddsmaking, or

    2) undeniable proof that the founder and ‘holy prophet’ of Islam, Muhammed, was actually an evil, murdering, barbarian Islamic terrorist role model for other evil, murdering, barbarian Islamic terrorists.

    Is there a similar list of terrorists named Jesus or Buddha? Think about that.

    ~ The Infidel Alliance

  • Here’s my favorite:,

    The artist hits the nail on the head.

  • Babs

    Excellent idea and a good psychological intervention – systematic desensitisation should mean that, after an initial peak in ranting, they’ll get sick of it, but even if not, it’d be good fun.

  • Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read how rage drives Islam at:

    • Our Beloved muslim community in Hong Kong have finally joined tha bandwagon and held a mass prayer session in the middle of the city on Saturday, followed by a protest march to the US Consulate where makeshift US flags were burnt and stamped upon – I had thought our muslim community were more intelligent than that. But when one of their leaders, when announcing the protest the day before, tells us that they love the prophet more than they love their children or their parents, or indeed their lives, you just know you cannot reason with these.

  • Here is my idea, actually stolen from the Washington Times. Draw a cartoon a day, featuring TP, (the Prophet), until the riots stop. Do it as an ABC book. Don’t be offensive. Just make sure it is obvious that it is THE Prophet (pbuh). The first day could be TP giving an Apple to an Angry Alligator. Day two could be TP doing Ballet with a Bear in a Bikini. The creative alphabetical adventures of TP would continue until he is Zapping a Zebra with his ray gun (Zzzs are hard). By the end, the world will be in flames or the Faithful will finally be tired of this nonsense. Either way these lethal tantrums will finally be over. Now all we need is a brave cartoonist and a brave website.

  • ….would it lead to routinization, to a wearing out of Islamists, and a realization that violence is counter-productive to their cause?

    I predict the latter… I AGREE entirely. 68 years ago a good many German people muttered under their breath, “Why doesn’t one of us kill him?” But no one mustered the courage, and so it was that Hitler rose to power and nearly took over all Europe. We have two choices. We either pack up and go home, effectively handing the planet to the Muslims, or we stand up to them until they wear out, run out of money, fuel, food, energy, and insane young men, and finally start to poke their finger into their own chest and ask, “What is wrong with ME? What is wrong with ISLAM? What is the justification for the actions we take against one another, against our own female children, and against the world?” When people make fewer statements and ask more questions, the world will have a chance to correct itself. Thank you Daniel Pipes. visit http://www.bh2012-com

  • James

    How do you turn cows into hamburgers? Ham comes from pigs