Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Sins of the fathers

It has been remarked on fairly widely that a descendant of Stalin is suing a Russian newspaper for suggesting that his ancestor killed lots of Russians. Apparently, this has official Kremlin backing.

Less widely commented on is the suit threatened by the law firm of Ahmed Zaki Yamani - once a well known name as Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister - on behalf of "several thousand descendants of the Prophet", against a number of newspapers who published a cartoon of Mohammed, following the death threats against the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

That's this cartoon, by the way:

That isn't a libel on Mohammed, who after all lived at a time when explosives were not known in his part of the world. It's a comment on those of his followers who use the terrorist bomb. And it's a fair comment.


Wyrdtimes said...

Certainly is.

What are your thoughts on the recent troubles in Birmingham involving the "English and Welsh Defence League" and SIOE etc... not forgetting the ironically named "Unite Against Fascism"?

Peter Risdon said...

I've been trying to find out more about it, asking a couple of people I know who've been slightly involved with SIOE.

I am wondering how the protest at Harrow Mosque will go.

I can't say I support any of them really. But it's going to escalate.