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February 10, 2006


Richard M

While much of what you say is true and I entirely support freedom of speech, your disdain for the EU is more than a little disingenuous. There have been messages of support within Europe, only you choose not to quote them.

The United States press hasn’t printed the cartoons either, and the US political establishment is at least as silent as its European counterparts. Indeed the Bush administration has also called for sensitivity and avoiding offence. As regards the cartoons themselves, you have to admit they are in pretty poor taste, as most material of this nature is.

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y Mia Doornaert from Belgian weekly De Standaard (in Dutch, paid subscribers only). Here is my translation:

Bravo, Charlie-Hebdo. The cartoon on its cover this week says it all. A distraught Muhammad covers his eyes and says: c'est dur d'être aimé par des cons [French for "it's

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