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Tuesday, 7 February 2006
What Massive Demonstrations?
That is the phrase I keep hearing about the Anti-Cartoon reactions, that phrase and "The reaction to the caricatures in the Danish Newspaper which has swept the world like wildfire.

Excuse me? They were printed last September? That's a little slower than normal wildfire.

Of course it might have taken the Danish Imams a while to get their pamphlet ready.

Fabricated cartoons worsened Danish controversy

"However, the Danish Muslim delegation showed much more than the 12 cartoons published by Jyllands Posten. In the booklet it presented during its tour of the Middle East, the delegation included other cartoons of Mohammed that were highly offensive, including one where the Prophet has a pig face. But these additional pictures were NOT published by the newspaper, but were completely fabricated by the delegation and inserted in the booklet (which has been obtained and made available to me by Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet)."

You know the one. The one that had 3 extra images that are very offensive, but never appeared in any Western Publication.

What I find curious is the strange nature of the Massive Demonstrations the Legacy Media keeps reporting.


Feb 7, 6:37 AM EST
Hundreds in Iran Protest Muhammad Drawings

"TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Hundreds of angry protesters hurled stones and fire bombs at the Danish Embassy in the Iranian capital Monday to protest publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Police used tear gas and surrounded the walled villa to hold back the crowd"

In the Iranian capital, police encircled the Danish Embassy but were unable to hold back 400 demonstrators as they tossed stones and Molotov cocktails at the walled brick villa. At least nine protesters were hurt, police said.

About an hour into the protest, police fired tear gas, driving the demonstrators into a nearby park. Later, about 20 people returned and tried to break through police lines to enter the embassy compound but were blocked by security forces.

As the tear gas dissipated, most of the crowd filtered back to the embassy, where they burned Danish flags and chanted anti-Danish slogans and "God is great

I find it bizarre that in a City of 12 million the Iranian Security Forces could not control a mob of 400?

Why there have been Pro-Democracy demonstrations much larger, that they not only controlled, but they arrested demonstrators and summarily executed them on the spot.

But 400 in front of a Western Embassy? Just too much for them I guess.

Just like all those years ago the Ayatollah Khomeini had NO control over the Revolutionary Guards holding the US Embassy hostage. And everyone pretended to believe him, didn't they. Just like they may pretend to believe this time that the Iranian Security Forces were totally unable to control that Massive Demonstration.

Of Four Hundred?

Lebanon was weird too.

February 06, 2006
Well-Planned Spontaneity

It was one of those unpredictable Lebanese Sunday mornings. The ski slopes in the mountains overlooking Beirut would have been crowded with skiers enjoying the brilliant winter sunshine. Walkers were out along the Corniche, strolling in designer tracksuits. Downtown, the chic restaurants were preparing for lunchtime. And there were a few men on scooters riding around town broadcasting an imminent protest.
It wasn't long before the heavily-laden coaches and minivans began to arrive from Beirut and the rest of Lebanon. They were all full of young, often bearded men who wore headbands and carried identical flags with calligraphic inscriptions in Arabic such as: "There is no god but God and Mohammad is his Prophet" and "O Nation of Muhammad, Wake Up." ...

The police seemed to know the demonstrators were coming and had turned out in force with barriers, barbed wire fences and several large fire trucks. ... By 11am, the Lebanese police and army were firing tear gas at the crowd. The protesters threw volleys of stones. Some stuffed cotton wool into their nostrils to stifle the effect of the gas.

One group overturned a car and set it alight. Sunni clerics in robes tried to calm the young men down. They were ignored. One cleric, Ibrahim Ibrahim, said his pleas were met with stones and insults. "They are hooligans," he said.

Suddenly, the protest stopped. The police and Islamic clerics couldn't stop it -- but one of the leaders announced that the demonstration was over and that the crowd needed to go home. And it did; the streets were cleared within minutes, leaving the area back in police control and the residents of the area to clean up after the violence. The protesters went back to the buses that brought them into the area, similar to tourists trying to attend a cultural event."

Tell me? Does that sound like a spontaneous outburst of rage? Or anything close to the size of the demonstrations during the Cedar Revolution?

Last we come to Syria. Could not protect foreign embassies?

They were not so hesitant with Islamic Fundamentalists at Hama were they?

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n February 1982 the secular Syrian government of President Hafez al-Assad faced a mortal threat from Islamic extremists, who sought to topple the Assad regime. How did it respond? President Assad identified the rebellion as emanating from Syria's fourth-largest city ? Hama ? and he literally leveled it, pounding the fundamentalist neighborhoods with artillery for days. Once the guns fell silent, he plowed up the rubble and bulldozed it flat, into vast parking lots. Amnesty International estimated that 10,000 to 25,000 Syrians, mostly civilians, were killed in the merciless crackdown. Syria has not had a Muslim extremist problem since.

Maybe Syria has gone soft in the last 20 years.

Yah think?

But this violence may INDEED spread like wildfire.

Not because of the Danish Newspaper

Not because of the fabricated images supplied by the Danish Imams

Not because of the manipulations by Syria and Iran.

(isn't it an odd coincidence all this flared up just as the EU and the UN were starting to agree with the US about the threat posed by Iran???)

But it may spread like wildfire because the flames are being whipped up by the MEDIA!

When you stop reporting news and create Massive Demonstrations out of a pitiful hundred or so obvious agent provocateurs.

You can create some REAL News!

I am afraid that is what is happening now.

Like I said in the beginning,

What Massive Demonstrations?

And CNN, Reuters etc reply just wait they are coming

UPDATE: Michele Malkin in ORIGINS OF A FAKE MUHAMMED CARTOON via Neander News with Danish Imams Busted! identify ne of the most inflamatory image's origin and it is a flat out fake.

Medienkritik also brings to us Danish Cartoons: Update

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UPDATE II:Odd isn't it that all this occurs just as Syria and Iran may be hauled before the UN Security Council?

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