Cartoons+Poverty=Violence

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor,
David Montero says the violent reaction in Pakistan to the Danish cartoons
depicting the prophet Mohammed results from more than religious
fervor.

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, David Montero says the violent reaction in Pakistan to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed results from more than religious fervor.

Montero interviews Muslim leaders who say the violence is a result of poverty as much as religious reaction. He offers a very interesting insight into the economic reasons why fast food restaurants are among the targets of the violence.

Montero’s article reinforces a contention made by many social commentators that poverty contributes to instability. I wrote about this a few days ago but Montero’s reporting makes the link clear and immediate.

Some of those Montero interviewed contend the cartoons are being used by those who want to express dissatisfaction with the government and protest long-standing economic inequity and social division. Some even contend the violence has been tolerated, if not sponsored by the government, to consolidate power in the fractured social context.

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