Originally posted by dmz
segovious thinks I'm out of my tree, but I thought this was great -- okay 'very good'.
...it sounded pretty fair as well.
Well, obviously I do
think you're out of your tree but what I said was that the article had 'some' truth in amongst the knee-jerking. not much but some.
This bit is simplistic and perpetuating a stereotype whilst displaying a quite staggering lack of knowledge of the root causes behind the situation:
The mayhem has centered in four nations: Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Syria. Each has a double-digit unemployment rate, and poverty rates between 32 percent and 52 percent. All have large pools of idle men who can show up for a mob activity at a moment's notice. In short, they're havens for losers, uniquely equipped to stage such spectacles.
I'd question those figures actually anyway but that is not the point - the Middle East is not constructed on Western lines so the comparison is invalid. Even if they were
employed, virtually all men would be 'available for rioting' as many employed people are able to sit in a cafe all day smoking nargile.
Even so, it took Danish Imam Abu Laban and a handful of other inciters five months to foment the riots. Laban began touring the Middle East last fall, bearing a dozen cartoons -- many of which were sloppy and amateurish -- first published in a Danish paper. They contained unflattering depictions of Muhammad.
This again has an element of truth - it's deviation from the truth occurs when it attempts (as in fact, is the purpose of the article as a whole) to exonerate the Danish newspaper from any culpability at all.
That is clearly nonsensical.
Now we get to the nub:
It took a lot of effort -- aided and abetted by Syria, Iran and al Jazeera -- but the lie-mongering finally worked.
Syria - and more importantly: Iran - right in the frame. Denmark absolved.
Same old MO. Nothing new here. It's not Heidegger (well, ok, maybe it is near enough - he was a right-wing fascist wasn't he?).