Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wearing the cartoons

I'm not a fan of the Lega Nord, but I have to hand it to them, this gimmick is fantastic (and I'm still considering how to vote in the upcoming general election...):
Italy's Reform Minister Roberto Calderoli has had T-shirts made emblazoned with cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a move that could embarrass Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. Calderoli, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, told Ansa news agency on Tuesday that the West had to stand up against Islamist extremists and offered to hand out T-shirts to anyone who wanted them.
"I have had T-shirts made with the cartoons that have upset Islam and I will start wearing them today," Ansa quoted Calderoli as saying. He said the T-shirts were not meant to be a provocation but added that he saw no point trying to appease extremists. "We have to put an end to this story that we can talk to these people. They only want to humiliate people. Full stop. And what are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?" Calderoli said.
Meanwhile moderate Muslims are finally coming out of the woodwork, and Victor Davis Hanson predicts, quite optimistically, what Europe will do next.

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