February 15, 2006

Anything You Can Do, We Can Do Better

Israeli cartoonists institute their own anti-Semitic cartoon contest in response to the one started by an Iranian newspaper.

Also, check out this brilliant column from Salon that cleverly dispatches the Clash of Civilizations theory in a paragraph and moves on from there to a marvelously written exposition of the frightening absurdity of the Cartoon controversy and its larger implications.

The author, Hani Shukrallah, does not say this in as many words, but this is evident in his essay: Forget clashes between civilizations. The all-important clashes are all internal, between those in a "civilization" who encourage or or make excuses or look the other way for cruelty, inhumanity, and hatred and those who will have absolutely none of it.

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