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Muslims have no credibility to criticize the Popes speech when they respond by throwing bombs at Christian churches.
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The Malaysian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has joined in the chorus of criticism, demanding that Benedict XVI apologize to soothe the ruffled feelings of the Muslim world. Badawi, held to be a moderate Muslim, said: The pope must not take lightly the spread of outrage that has been created… His statement has down discord and will not encourage inter-faith dialogue. Badawi is chairman of the Organization of Islamic Conferences and leader of a Muslim majority country divided between a modern and secular constitution and regional laws inspired by Islam. Badawi expressed his concerns at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in
The Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyad has demanded the popes personal apology for his phrases full of prejudice towards Islam and the prophet Muhammad. In a statement issued yesterday, it deeply deplored the pontiffs words that deliberately ignored the principles of Islam in favour of love and peace and not of violence and revenge.
The New York Times has also requested an apology. In todays editorial, the daily, referring to the pontiff, said it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology.
The chorus of criticism, protests and the beginnings of violence, are reminiscent of the saga of the Muhammad cartoons, which provoked protests and clashes across the Muslim world. An analysis offered by Global Intelligence Stratfor, drew attention to the fact that now, as then, the reaction was not immediate; rather it came after a certain amount of time. Then, as now, protests will be used by those who seek a diversion, a cause to unite Muslims, or simply a catalyst to reinforce Muslim extremism against the West. Stratfor analysts cite