The latest development in the Cartoon Jihad is corporate meddling, as reported by the EU Observer. I guess they want to distance themselves from their country of origin. They want it to be known that prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is not speaking for anyone but himself on this crazy free speech issue. It reminds me of good old Henry Ford*. If corporations are willing to bend and mold themselves to please the most morally intransigent customers, threatening in defense of the indefensible to take their marbles and go elsewhere, it should make you wonder where corporate leaders come from. If a Danish corporation, no less, can bully Denmark into betraying its principles, how can we expect freedom to prevail? These guys only push around the people that behave according to rules of civilized conduct. Corporations have too much power. I guess we knew that anyway, didn't we.
*Ford Motor Company was active in Germany's military buildup prior to World War II. --Wikipedia3/3/2006 11:44 AM