Are you boycotting Danish products, or is the boycott being done for you by the supermarkets that have taken all Danish products off their shelves?
What's your view on other Danish companies that are operating in Oman and contributing to this country's economy- Are you boycotting them as well? I don't just mean Nawras which is partly owned by TDC (incidently recently bought by a US buyout fund and no longer Danish-owned), but also companies like Salalah Port Services- owner and operator of our pride and joy, Port of Salalah, which we brag about to the world being one of the most efficient ports in the world, which is 30% owned by Denmark's A.P. Moller.
Why are we reacting so passionately to the "Danish issue" so long after the fact? The offense took place in September 2005, and yet no one said mentioned the word boycott till late January 2006.
How can we hold a whole non-muslim nation accountable for the decision of one single newspaper? And why should the government in a country that values freedom of expression and free speech apologize for the newspaper especially when that country's law protects what the newspaper did?
Does Denmark's free speech laws give blanket freedom of expression on all topics or are there some topics which are not covered as free speech? Do they have laws on hate speech? Would the law equally protect cartoons which are anti-semitic or articles that deny holocaust, gay bashing, etc?
Copenhagen has expressed regret for the furore over the cartoons, but refused to get involved, citing freedom of expression. “The government can in no way influence the media,” Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Sunday.
“And the Danish government and the Danish nation as such cannot be held responsible for what is published in independent media,” he added.
I read that Denmark has 174,000 muslims, many of whom have been there for 30 to 40 years. Why didn't these muslims rise to the occasion and challenge the matter legally? Wouldn't it have been better to have dealt with this issue in a more civil manner like that? You have gunmen in Gaza storming the EU office and demanding an apology. They're threatening the safety of all Danes. What kind of image are we projecting- as if it wasn't bad enough before!
Are we not hypocritical to the whole free speech issue. After all our dissedents always run away to countries where their free speech is protected when their rights are curtailed at home. How do you choose what speech should remain free and what should be limited?
Don't you think the governments of the Islamic states are loving every single moment of this controversy? What's better than having their repressed citizens vent out their frustration not at their own governments but at a nation thousands of miles away. If you're a muslim in Indonesia don't you have much bigger problems in your life that you should by worrying about instead of wasting your time marching on the Danish embassy?