The BBC suddenly shows controversial " Cartoon ."
The BBC gets away with it buy putting it in an article titled " Paper reprints Holocaust cartoons." A Danish newspaper. The Danes. The ones that had the guts to print the Mohammed cartoons.
Hugh Fitzgerald said it best:
" The BBC. The BBC of John Simpson. The BBC of that enlarged Arabic broadcast section, and all those who work for it, working busily at Bush House, making sure that all the departments are doing what they, the Arabs and Muslims on staff, think should be done -- just in case the Guardian-reading staff, for the BBC is England as The Guardian -- should overlook something. The BBC of Barbara Plett, weeping for Arafat. The BBC of Orla Guerlin, married to a "Palestinian" and herself a true believer in Palestinianism. The BBC of Caroline Hawley. The BBC of Judy Swallow, of Robin Lustig, of Owen Bennett-Jones. The BBC that consults as its "experts" Azziz Tamimi, would-be suicide bomber (as he told Tim Sebastian), and Hamas supporter. The BBC that is quick to consult "Professor Tariq Ramadan, the noted scholar of Islam" as he peddles his snake-oil that even the French got tired of. The BBC that uses a loaded vocabulary at every turn -- the word "occupation" (jackbooted German soldiers, marching into Occupied Paris) for lands that the Israelis have a legal, moral, and historic claim to that goes far beyond their rights acquired through war. The phrase "Palestinian people" itself, never subject to the slightest critical examination, no one ever wondering where the phrase came from, or why it was never used by any Arab spokesman prior to the Six-Day War. The constant reitration of the phrase "occuped Arab lands" for lands that are disputed, and for which the BBC never thinks it has to give an explanation. The BBC whose speakers and speakerines enjoy hectoring the spokesmen, some of them admittedly not terribly effective in presenting Israel's overwhelming case, for the Israelis, on every conceivable and many inconceivable occasions. The BBC that also enjoys, come to think of it, explaining away Muslim behavior in southern Thailand, that never discusses the atrocities committed against non-Muslims in Indonesia (the thousands of churches burned down, carefully recorded by the Barnabas Fund, never mentioned by the BBC), or against Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, and for decades has never dared to discuss the reasons that slavery persists in Mali and Sudan and elsewhere (including, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells us --and she lived there -- Saudi Arabia), and why there never has been a Muslim William Wilferforce. The BBC, that cannot dare to ask why it is that all over Europe, no matter what the country, what the nature of the government, liberal or conservative, tolerant or strict, teutonic or latin, Muslims have proven to be a problem in every respect. The BBC, that cannot dare to ask why it is that in all of those countries, others who are quite different and have come to settle -- Vietnamese Buddhists, Hindus from India, Chinese, Indians from the Andes, black animists and Christains from West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, all seem able to integrate, to demonstrate their loyalty to the nation-state, for they may carry with them adherence to an alien creed, but not to an alien and a hostile creed.
And the nature of Islam, as a creed that inculcates hostility by its adherents to all others, is a subject that Infidels deserve to learn about -- and it is something that the BBC will never, ever hint at. Not under current management. Not with its current staff.