Muddled Work In Middelkerke
The mayor nixed the statue before the Kartoonistan riots broke out, but Czech radio reports:
After the Danish cartoons sparked off protests around the world, his decision was not up for discussion. The exhibition organisers argue that the town of Middelkerke has a population of 17,000 with a virtually non-existent Muslim community.The "artist," Czech David Cerny, made the statue after witnessing first-hand the aftermath of Saddam's reign during a week-long stay in Baghdad. He says:
"I don't think that a wave of censorship has hit us but what is worrying is that it is now affecting the everyday lives of the ordinary citizens of this continent."
An embassy burned today, a statue removed tomorrow. Islam put off-limits to criticism.
Time to re-think.