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Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Thursday, September 20, 2012

A caricature is never real cause of violence

Satire must test society's limits, and for that reason it must also address the fears of religious fundamentalism, the liberal Financial Times Deutschland argues: "It's all the better that this time the initiative comes from the left-wing liberal camp and not the right-wing populist corner. Since Islam has become strongly politicised the West's fears of religious fundamentalists have been growing. ... It's the fanatics that are behind the violence; not caricatures. The consequence is that the West is afraid of saying, drawing or - as in the case of the controversial Mohammed film - giving access to something wrong. So far hardly anyone has seen the film anyway: it's just the trailer that's making the rounds. And some Muslim countries have long since blocked access to that on the Internet. Nonetheless the fanatics who are fighting for power and supporters in their countries or trying to divert attention from their misdeeds took to the streets. And if it hadn't been some obscure film or the caricatures that provoked them, they would have found something else. These things are just the triggers for the violence, not the cause."

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