Thousands rampaged through two cities Tuesday in Pakistan’s worst violence against Prophet Muhammad caricatures, burning buildings housing a hotel, banks and a KFC, vandalizing a Citibank and breaking windows at a Holiday Inn and a Pizza Hut.
At least two people were killed in Lahore, where intelligence officials suspected outlawed Islamic militant groups incited the violence to undermine President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s U.S.-allied government.
An Associated Press reporter in Lahore saw crowd members who appeared to be orchestrating the attacks, directing protesters — some of whom were carrying containers of kerosene — toward particular targets. The demonstrators also set the provincial government assembly building on fire.
Folks, this doesn’t even make sense. Even if you accept the notion that pictures of Mohammed justify violence, their violence is not against any target even remotely connected to the Danish newspaper that published the pictures. Pizza Hut? The provincial assembly building?
Meanwhile, some American organizations are asceeding to self-censorship. Michelle Malkin quotes CNN:
CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons in respect for Islam.
CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.
However, she also notes that:
[T]hree of the Danish cartoons were positive, neutral, completely innocuous caricatures.
(Click here for the innocuous pictures.)
Varifrank provides “the following translation of global-newscorp-speak”:
“CNN, which is a company with worldwide assets, many of which are in countries controlled by tyrannical despotic regimes, do not wish to imperil our investments in Real Estate in these countries by exposing them to extortion by Islamic thugs. We also do not wish to lose our investments in graft and blackmail payments that has been paid annually to these same despotic regimes, who control these roving band of thugs. However, so long as CNN is given exclusive access to these regimes, CNN will continue to prop up these regimes by not doing anything to upset the governments of these countries. CNN is the worlds foremost news gathering organization. ”
“Next up on CNN, its Larry King Live and the first half hour is with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, followed by a full half hour with Shari Lewis and Lambchop…”
By the way — does anyone even remember the Jewish response to this bona fide antisemitic cartoon in the Los Angeles Times in 2000?
I’m guessing not, since we didn’t riot. Jewish organizations send a bunch of letters of protest, the paper apologized, and the cartoonist went back to dealing with other issues, usually in a sensible way. To this day, I don’t know if he’s really antisemitic, or if he was just on a bender.