February 3rd, 2006
This night I was watching a civilized discussion in DW TV about the issue of Hamas and the cartoons which published by the Danish newspaper. The guests were 3 people… as I remember; the first one was a director of an Israeli radio station. The other was a Palestinian director of another radio station. And the third one was a journalist in a Dutch newspaper which also published the cartoons. What grabbed my attention is what the journalist said about the cartoons; there intention of publishing the cartoons was not to support the Danish newspaper opinion about the issue of freedom of speech. There intention was to let people in Europe know what this fuzz is about. And after her newspaper investigates more on the story they found that when the Danish newspaper published those cartoons four months ago they did not find a strong respond. So they started to fax those cartoons to Islamic organizations telling them “look we published this… what do you think”. So she said it’s not about freedom of speech, it’s about intentions. It was clear that the newspaper’s intention was provocative.
Well.. for me that answers so many questions… why this happened after four month of publishing… why is this anger and rage .. and I think narrowing the whole conflict into the issue of freedom of speech is big a mistake…
Through dialogue we should explain the following massages to the Danish people:
1- The conflict is not about freedom of speech, it’s about intentions. We as Muslims believe that the intentions were not pure ones.
2- We should explain to the west how and why those cartoons are offensive.
Well.. I know some people are calling for freedom of speech, but those people should know that the rage is not about freedom of speech, it’s about intention… And the Danish people should not defend freedom of speech. Because we know what is freedom of speech more than they do… We dream of freedom of speech and we still fighting for it and because we don’t have doe’s mean that we don’t value it … but rather than that they should defend there intentions. Explain why?? Was there a better way to present there experiments??