Whatever happened to John Bull?

This past week, there were vocal protests in London over the Danish cartoons that have sparked a violent reaction throughout the Islamic world.

Hundreds of Muslim protesters, dressed in terrorist and Taliban garb, waved placards  with slogans such as 'freedom go to hell,' 'be prepared for the real holocaust,' 'massacre those who insult Islam,' and calling for more 9/11s and 7/7s.

In British news reports of the protests (see here, here, and here), there is no mention of any counter—demonstrations by ordinary Britons.  How can this be?

Have the British people reached the point where they shrug off death threats made by people who have shown over and over again that they will make good on those threats?  Did the British people learn nothing from the London bombings last July?  Is there no one in London who is willing to stand up against these lunatic protesters?

So far, the protests have not reached the United States.  This may be because our media have cravenly refused to publish the cartoons.  Or because our government has shamefully sided with the extremists in this controversy.

But I would like to believe it is because there is still some backbone to the American people, and that the radical Islamists in our midst know that they would meet fierce opposition if they waved placards promising another 9/11, say, in Brooklyn, New York, or Reston, Virginia.

Steven M. Warshawsky   2 04 06

This past week, there were vocal protests in London over the Danish cartoons that have sparked a violent reaction throughout the Islamic world.

Hundreds of Muslim protesters, dressed in terrorist and Taliban garb, waved placards  with slogans such as 'freedom go to hell,' 'be prepared for the real holocaust,' 'massacre those who insult Islam,' and calling for more 9/11s and 7/7s.

In British news reports of the protests (see here, here, and here), there is no mention of any counter—demonstrations by ordinary Britons.  How can this be?

Have the British people reached the point where they shrug off death threats made by people who have shown over and over again that they will make good on those threats?  Did the British people learn nothing from the London bombings last July?  Is there no one in London who is willing to stand up against these lunatic protesters?

So far, the protests have not reached the United States.  This may be because our media have cravenly refused to publish the cartoons.  Or because our government has shamefully sided with the extremists in this controversy.

But I would like to believe it is because there is still some backbone to the American people, and that the radical Islamists in our midst know that they would meet fierce opposition if they waved placards promising another 9/11, say, in Brooklyn, New York, or Reston, Virginia.

Steven M. Warshawsky   2 04 06