Saturday, February 04, 2006

Let's be fair to the State Department

As our readers can imagine, it really hurts to write those words but fair is fair. After the disgraceful statement we quoted yesterday, a more sensible comment was made by Sean McCormack (also a spokesman) at the daily briefing.

“While we share the offense that Muslims have taken at these images, we at the same time vigorously defend the right of individuals to express points of view.

Freedom of expression is at the core of our democracy, and it is something that we have shed blood and treasure around the world to defend, and we will continue to do so.”

Still a bit mealy-mouthed and “nuanced” but a good deal better than what our own Foreign Secretary came up with.

Besides, Mr McCormack has managed to land a punch. He called on all those who found the Mohammed cartoons offensive to protest vigorously against anti-Semitic and anti-Christian images.

As we have pointed out on this blog, those images are widespread and considerably more offensive than the Danish cartoons.

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