Phoenix Independent: Adding Fuel to Cartoon Fire?

The Phoenix New Times has done something most major newspapers in the country have refused to do: it has printed some of the cartoons that have Muslims rioting in various places around the world.  In its March 2—8 edition (and at its website), the publication, which is distributed for free, has the cartoons printed as part of a column about Deedra Abboud, the director of the Arizona chapter of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation.

From what I heard on Phoenix—area radio this morning, the Arizona Department of Homeland Security is planning on having security forces at the New Times building.  If violence of some kind emerges, doesn't it confirm the editorial content of the cartoon?  And if it doesn't, perhaps that perception should be set aside, at least in areas where Muslim—Americans strive to live peaceably with their new countrymen.

J. James Estrada     3 02 06

The Phoenix New Times has done something most major newspapers in the country have refused to do: it has printed some of the cartoons that have Muslims rioting in various places around the world.  In its March 2—8 edition (and at its website), the publication, which is distributed for free, has the cartoons printed as part of a column about Deedra Abboud, the director of the Arizona chapter of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation.

From what I heard on Phoenix—area radio this morning, the Arizona Department of Homeland Security is planning on having security forces at the New Times building.  If violence of some kind emerges, doesn't it confirm the editorial content of the cartoon?  And if it doesn't, perhaps that perception should be set aside, at least in areas where Muslim—Americans strive to live peaceably with their new countrymen.

J. James Estrada     3 02 06