From John Suggs, senior editor for the Creative Loafing alt-weeklies:
So, letâ€™s look at the guy who started this whole cartoon escapade. Heâ€™s Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of the Danish newspaper. In all of the Lexis-Nexis database of stories from the American media on the Mohammed cartoons, there is absolutely no mention of the fact that Rose is a close confederate of arch-Islamophobe Daniel Pipes. Indeed, there is almost no context at all about Roseâ€™s newspaper. Only a brief mention in the Washington Post gave a hint at a fact desperately needed to understand the situation. The Post described the affair as â€œa calculated insult â€¦ by a right-wing newspaper in a country where bigotry toward the minority Muslim population is a major, if frequently unacknowledged, problem.â€
How bad is Pipes? He wants the utter military obliteration of the Palestinians; indeed, from the Muslim world, his racism is about as blatant as that of the Holocaust denying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pipesâ€™ frequent outbursts of racism â€“ designed to toss gasoline on the neo-consâ€™ lust for a wholesale conflict of cultures â€“ earned him a Bush nomination to the U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally funded think tank. Rose came to America to commune with Pipes in 2004, and it was after that meeting the cartoon gambit materialized.
He’s got more and you really should, if you will forgive the expression, read the whole thing.