Cartoon wars have been one of the sadder chapters in Muslim-non-Muslim relations from Denmark to Paris. Enough editors appear too eager to provoke, enough Muslims are too easily provoked, including inexcusably into violence. Some Muslims vent their anger and fury at the same time as equally furious anti-Muslim marches throng the streets of Europe. The anti-Muslim group Pegida despite losing much of its leadership has expanded its marches to include Austria. Far right groups in Europe feel full of brim and confidence. An Iranian institute has chipped in by running a holocaust denial cartoon competition as its response to the Hebdo killings in Paris. The newspaper, U.S.A Today promotes a ghastly cartoon originally in the Ottawa Citizen, with a Nazi skeleton mouthing “Allahu Akbar.” All too often the mutual images of the other still echo the cartoons and not reality. Denizens of media-land may be forecasting a full and final eruption of Muslim-non-Muslim violence. However, the extremists and nutcases still remain a tiny minority just with bigger loudspeakers than ever before as any Twitter user knows.
Squeezed between the extremes of the anti-Islam brigades of the far right, and intolerant Muslim extremists, are those who are being made to suffer from this - both Muslim and non-Muslim.
The cartoon stereotype is sex-obsessed, a violent being that can only be eliminated by force. By dehumanizing and reducing all 1.6 billions to this absurd caricature, they can all become the legitimate target in the crosshairs of Chris Kyle’s rifle in 'American Sniper'Chris Doyle