A blog post over at the Telegraph elicited the following comment from a reader:
There is more behind this'Marker' brings up a good point. Even in Sudan's eyes, this whole situation must seem silly. At least I hope so. While it's endlessly pointed out to us that the freakazoids like those who make up al Qaeda and the Taliban represent a "tiny minority" of Muslims, there exists a sizable majority of Muslims who wholeheartedly embrace the worst of Islam's more repellent "values".
Marker 01 Dec 2007 12:04
The plight of Gillian Gibbons (Teddy Bear named Mohammad) has provoked condemnation from all and sundry but the pundits have yet to mention the real nature of her problem. She is white, educated, female, immodestly dressed, and an infidel. She educates children instead of having them learn the Quran by rote. In a sharia state this is an insufferable provocation.
It is not just the teddy bear. In that country her very existence is an insult to the faithful. The bear is probably the last straw or the excuse needed for action.
I've heard it said that the difference between a radical Muslim and a moderate one is that while the radical is eager to lop off your head, the moderate is content to sit back and watch. I'm beginning to wonder if that's not indeed the case.
I'm leaving today for a week in the UK, and I'll be interested to see what the attitude is like "on the ground" over there.