The Long Hot Arab Summer began in Cairo on September 11, 2012, with a demonstration in front of the American embassy. Over the next few days numerous other cities across the world - not just in Islamic countries, but in Europe, Canada, Australia, and even Japan - followed suit.
The OIC (Organization of Islamic Co-operation) and the media would have us believe that those Islamic days of rage were a spontaneous outburst of Muslim indignation over a blasphemous movie about Mohammed. Yet this battlefield had actually been prepared well in advance.
The current form of the conflict began to take shape in late 2005 (that crucial year!) and early 2006, during the Mohammed cartoon crisis. The Muslim world did not spontaneously combust the moment the "Turban Bomb" was first published in Jyllands-Posten, but waited four months before taking to the streets to loot, burn, bomb, and murder. The mayhem was carefully instigated by a pair of Danish imams, who added three fake cartoons - more incendiary than the real ones - to the original twelve, and went on a tour of the Middle East with their portfolio to stir up the righteous indignation of faithful Muslims. The results are well-known.
The Danish cartoon affair was a great success from a Muslim standpoint. Western leaders fell all over themselves to deplore the cartoons. Most of them condemned the artists and the newspaper for their "abuse" of free speech. Although the cartoons spread virally on the internet, only a few major media outlets were willing to display the drawings that caused all the commotion. Newspapers and TV networks in the United States - which is supposedly a model for the world's free press - were particularly craven in this regard. Thus, the Muslim Brotherhood got its wish: "defamation" of Islam was effectively suppressed.
But Islam needed more. To ensure that "disrespect" for Islam and its prophet is driven completely out of the public square, the OIC insisted that Western governments must pass laws criminalizing the "defamation of religions". Since - as Maj. Stephen Coughlin has irrefutably demonstrated - Muslims recognize only one religion, and consider all religions earlier than Islam abrogated, these laws are obviously aimed at smothering any critical discussion about Islam, and Islam only.
The Mohammed cartoon crisis serves as a useful model for bringing pressure to bear. On one
flank is the appeal to the politically correct Western conscience, using freedom of religion,
respect for minorities, tolerance, etc. as cattle prods to induce compliance with
shariah-based strictures against "insulting" Islam and its prophet. On the other flank is
the constant, unremitting subliminal threat of intense violence, which everyone now realizes
may be expected whenever non-Muslims approach the boundary walls that confine discussions
about Islam. These two inducements - carrot and stick, if you will - have served to shut
down nearly all shariah-proscribed speech in any prominent Western media.