In an article in the Amsterdam newspaper De Volkskrant today Dutch cartoonists admit that they do not depict Muhammad out of fear for violent retaliations. “It is a kind of self-censorship,” Stefan Verwey admits. “I have large windows and would rather keep them intact,” says Peter de Wit, while Joep Bertrams concedes. “It causes a lot of problems. Why throw oil on the fire?”It has gotten to the point that it isn't about the silly drawings....it is about one of the bedrocks of modern Western Civ; free speech - or the right to be a jerk and not be killed over it.
Other cartoonists, however, who have asked to remain anonimous, think that Western artist should not allow themselves to be intimidated and propose an international “Draw Muhammad Week.”
Hey, I don't know when it is - but I'm game. As a matter of fact, why don't I become proactive about the thing. We should have a blog drawmohammedweek.blogspot.com. Hey, we do!