Dictating Democracy in the Muslim World

Across much of the “Muslim world,” thousands of people have joined violent demonstrations following the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad – a person who, according to Islamic tradition, is never to be seen. In response, Al-Jazeera reports that Western nations “have stepped up pressure on Arab and Muslim countries to bring under control increasingly violent protests,” and some Western journalists are chiding the protestors for their lack of tolerance and “self restraint.”