“There is a lot at stake. It would be very naive to think this is only about Jyllands-Posten and 12 cartoons and apologising or not apologising.Flemming Rose, editor of Jyllands-Posten, publishers of the cartoons of he-who-must-not-be-mocked.
“This is about standing for fundamental values that have been the (foundation) for the development of Western democracies over several hundred years, and we are now in a situation where those values are being challenged,” he said.
“I think some of the Muslims who have reacted very strongly to these cartoons are being driven by totalitarian and authoritarian impulses, and the nature of these impulses is that if you give in once they will just put forward new requirements.”
See also my post on Ayaan Hirsi Ali and multi-culturalism.
The article by Andrew Browne in Timesonline.