Don't Worry. Be Happy
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the picture, albeit in cartoon form, that has caused so much anger and hatred since it was first published by the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, as a part of a series of 12 published last September.The issue that is being highlighted is simply that of the fredom of the press to report the issues of the world, without the kind of censorship that seems to be being demanded by some sections of the Islamic world.
Of course, censorship is not altogether unknown to us these days. Google has been taken to task for censoring the internet sites which it is showing to the Google searchers of China - and we have all heard of the Patriot Act, haven't we.
Censorship is such a part of our everyday lives that we hardly notice it any more. It makes it doubly ironic that the cartoons that caused all this fuss are, in my opinion at least, so insignificant and un-newsworthy in their messages. Did you find them amusing? I have to admit that I didn't. In fact, I would expect that if some parts of the Islamic community had not made any kind of a fuss about them supposedly showing the image of Muhammad, the whole affair would have passed away with no more ado.
It is just such a shame that Jacques Lefranc, until yesterday the editor of France Soir, should have lost his job over the affair. How very silly.