Friday, February 10, 2006

Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Sot

I'm exceedingly pleased to see that Carsten Juste, the editor in chief of Jyllands-Posten, the paper in Denmark recently notable for launching one of the first battles of World War IV in Scandanavia the Great Cartoon Jihad of 2006, has taken my advice and placed Flemming Rose, the culture editor, on indefinite leave. Not for the original decision to run the cartoons, but his decision to overcome the problem he had landed in with the Muslims by reprinting cartoons depicting the Holocaust commissioned by an Iranian newspaper.

Earlier this week, [Flemming Rose] said he would also be open to reprinting cartoons depicting the Holocaust commissioned by an Iranian newspaper. That prompted a public disagreement with editor-in-chief Carsten Juste, who has also come under pressure to resign over the row. "The editorial management and Flemming Rose have agreed that he needed a break from work until further notice," said Tage Clausen, a spokesman for the Jyllands-Posten paper.

Jyllands-Posten has apologised for offending Muslims but has insisted it was right to print the cartoons because of the importance of freedom of speech. Muslims incensed by the images have insisted that Denmark properly apologises to defuse the row.

And apparently Flemming Rose was of the opinion that the best way to defuse the row was to insult Holocaust Victims.

Hat Tip: LGF

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