Friday, February 17, 2006

The Madness Continues

As if the riots weren't enough, one Muslim cleric is now calling for the murder of the cartoonists who drew the Mohammed cartoons:

A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad as thousands joined street protests after Friday prayers...

Prayer leader Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced the bounty for killing a cartoonist to about 1,000 people outside the historic Mohabat Khan mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

He said the mosque and the Jamia Ashrafia religious school he leads would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the prophet caricatures _ considered blasphemous by Muslims. He said a local jewelers' association would also give $1 million, but no representative of the association was available to confirm the offer.

"Whoever has done this despicable and shameful act, he has challenged the honor of Muslims. Whoever will kill this cursed man, he will get $1 million dollars from the association of the jewelers bazaar, one million rupees ($16,700) from Masjid Mohabat Khan and 500,000 rupees ($8,350) and a car from Jamia Ashrafia as a reward," Qureshi said.


Radical Islamists like this should not go unchecked. The world would be greatly served if mainstream Muslims joined the ranks of Western Christians, Jews, and secularists alike in condemning statements of this kind, and deeming as unacceptable anything that prescribes to violent solutions.

Fighting the GWOT means isolating the terrorists and the radicals who submit to their ideology. The majority of muslims don't agree with this ideology, yet it is crucial that they make an effort to make that known. If anything, it might make the radical Islamists realize that they don't have the entire Muslim faith behind them when they make statements like the ones above.


UPDATE:

Radical clerics don't only put bounties on the heads of innocent people, but they also instigate malicious riots like this, also targeted at innnocent people:

(CNN) -- Eleven people were killed and an Italian consulate was burned in Libya on Friday night during protests to denounce the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, sources in Libya said.

There also was a "high number" of injuries, said an official with the Italian Embassy in Tripoli.

In the port city of Benghazi in northeast Libya, protesters set the Italian Consulate on fire, but it was safely evacuated and no employees were injured, said Francesco Trupiano, Italy's ambassador to Libya.


When will it stop?