SPIEGEL: Hirsi Ali, you have called the Prophet Muhammad a tyrant and a pervert. Theo van Gogh, the director of your film "Submission," which is critical of Islam, was murdered by Islamists. You yourself are under police protection. Can you understand how the Danish cartoonists feel at this point?

Hirsi Ali: "The cartoons should be displayed everywhere." They probably feel numb. On the one hand, a voice in their heads is encouraging them not to sell out their freedom of speech. At the same time, they're experiencing the shocking sensation of what it's like to lose your own personal freedom. One mustn't forget that they're part of the postwar generation, and that all they've experienced is peace and prosperity. And now they suddenly have to fight for their own human rights once again.

SPIEGEL: Why have the protests escalated to such an extent?
SPIEGEL: Was apologizing for the cartoons the wrong thing to do?
SPIEGEL: What should the appropriate European response look like?
SPIEGEL: But Muslims, like any religious community, should also be able to protect themselves against slander and insult.  

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Posted af Balder 08 Feb 2006 under Ytringsfrihed | | Direkte link | English Translation | Deutsche Übersetzung |