First, there is the curious delay between the first appearance of the cartoons when they provoked only modest local disturbance in Denmark by comparison with the global fury they are currently provoking.
What has changed in the meantime to account for the escalation in the scale and intensity of the reaction?
The first event was a tour of the Middle East last December undertaken by a group of Danish imams to publicise the cartoons. With them, however, they reportedly took, not only the offending cartoons originally published but several other far more offensive ones that, apparently, they had themselves been responsible for producing. In other words, the outrage over the cartoons has been deliberately engineered by a fabrication of the grounds for it.
But who wanted or caused the heat to become so turned up and why at that this particular moment?
The clue to the answers to this second question lies in a second event almost certain to occur to today, if it has not already happened by the time this blog gets posted. This is the likely decision today in Vienna by the International Atomic Energy Agency to report Iran to the UN Security Council for continuing with its programme of nuclear research. If that decision should occur, when the UN Security Council gets round to considering what form of sanctions to impose on Iran, guess to whom chairmanship of the Council will have passed. You’ve got it... plucky little Denmark.
Well, well, well. Who would have thought that? Hmmmm, a hidden agenda in this latest "outrage"? Sounds like the Koran flushing incident too, a tempest in a muslim teapot. It occurred to me over that situation, we DO have flushing toilets here in the West. They have holes. So, it seems perfectly logical that a book can go down a hole, but we here know that it is impossible to flush a book. But I digress.