I had not seen the pictures. I finally saw them this morning and am utterly outraged- no wonder that people are so angry. It is totally unacceptable. They are deep insults to my most profound beliefs.
No- not the cartoons- the placards that the demonstrators carried protesting them.
"Behead those who insult Islam" "Freedom of Expression Go to Hell !!" "Massacre those who insult Islam".
This is totally unacceptable. It is not, however, a "clash of civilizations" it is a fight between Civilization and Barbarism. It is a fight between peaceful self expression and mediaeval bigotry.
It is not a fight that I intend to lose.
This is why I can only view with irritation the absurd legislation outlawing something called "glorification of terrorism" that this government proposes. Ridiculous, ill conceived legislation -while it is typical of this Labour government- weakens us in our fight with these savages.
We must not back down in the face of what is obviously an orchestrated campaign to stir up Muslim feeling against the West. The fact that it has taken months for the cartoons to become an issue reflects that fact that the leaders of the Islamo-fascists are using them in a twisted and cynical attempt to undermine moderation and tolerance- not least that which exists amongst Muslims themselves.
The fact is that, despite the depraved violence against Danish interests, it is Muslims themselves who have died, Muslims who have been injured, and Muslims that have lost their property. As with Hitler and Germany, the biggest victims of fascism are those in whose name the fascists purport to serve.
Nevertheless, there is a deliberate plot to challenge the fabric of Western tolerance- and we must face down this evil.
Mr. Blair's failure is that he reveals himself to be confused and craven at the same time- and this challenge, above all that we have faced in my lifetime, demands a clear mind and a clear message.