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Thread #146989   Message #3406279
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
17-Sep-12 - 02:22 PM
Thread Name: BS: Jesus F**ks Dog Video
Subject: RE: BS: Jesus F**ks Dog Video
Well, even among fundamentalists in this country the idea of Freedom of Speech is understood on some basic level. They understand that everything that is said by a German doesn't represent the official opinion of the German government. And they do not take comments made by idiots as attacks that must be treated seriously and should be punishable by law.
The real bottom line is that there are a lot of poor people in these Muslim countries who blame exploitation by the West for their poverty and repression. We have no more control over these perceptions than we do in teaching them the principle of free speech, or than we did in effecting the Arab Spring on any significant level. I also do not believe that the demonstrators are even representative of the populations of any of these countries. You've seen the photos...they are mainly young males in the 15-25 yr old bracket, the same ones who can be easily induced to go to war.