Wasn’t burning down their embassy an attack on Danish soil, technically?
I agree (for those who were planning on lecturing the OP about posting such a stupid, self-destructive question) that it’s in Denmark’s and the world’s best interest NOT to enflame things more than they already are, but is the principle of free expression not at stake here? Shouldn’t every free society (i.e., society with a free press, not subject to overt state censorship) line up here with Denmark and send a message, with standing armies if needed, to the Muslim world that if they’re so concerned about cartoons or articles they find offensive to their religion, then they should simply restrict access to foreign media within their own borders?
“We’re offended by these blasphemous cartoons.”
“Yah, fine. Don’t let them in your country.”
“No, we want you to ban them in your country, and punish those responsible for thinking them up.”
“Not the way it works, Abdul. We get to ban what we feel like, which is precious little, thankfully, and you can live in the 12th century if you like and ban every medium that might offend your sensibilities. It’s your call, not ours.”
“But if you don’t, we will commit acts of war upon you.”
“That’s cool. And we will respond to your acts of war. You’ll be better off learning to live with tolerating free expressions outside of your borders, believe us.”
Admittedly, I’m a free-expression fanatic and think this is a principle worth going to war over, and fully expect that few people on the SDMB or in the world, feel as strongly as I do about tolerating the expression of obnoxious points of view. I’m just wondering why so many Western nations are being as gentle in response to this blatent attack on the freedom of the press as they seem to be.