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Posted: 2/24/2006 12:21:13 PM EDT
Reading February 27th National Review I came across this...

Ibn Warraq is the nom de plume of a Pakistani Muslim living in the United States and writing about Islam as he sees it. He has been circulating a passage from Beaumarchais's play in 1784, The Marriage of Figaro, adapted by Mozart for his opera. Beaumarchais might have been commenting on the Danish cartoons of today: "I cobble together a verse comedy about the customs of the harem, assuming that...I can say what I like about Mohammed without drawing hostile fire. Next thing, some envoy from God-knows-where turns up and complains that in my play I have offended the Ottoman empire, Persia, a large slice of the Indian peninsula, the whole of Egypt, and the kingdoms of Barca [Ethiopia], Tripoli, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. And so my play sinks without a trace, all to placate a bunch of Muslim princes, not one of whom, as far as I know, can read but who beat the living daylights out of us and say we are 'Christian dogs.' Since they can't stop a man from thinking, they take it out on his hide instead"
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