Tariq Ramadan: Impact of Cartoons May Create Deeper Fracture than 9/11

February 26, 2006

Source: Sunday Herald


On February 26, 2006 the Sunday Herald reported, "One of Europe’s most high- profile Muslim scholars has warned that the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muham med could have a greater long-term impact on global stability than 9/11. Professor Tariq Ramadan, who sat on the Muslim task force chaired by Tony Blair after the July 7 London bombings last year, said the fear generated by the cartoons had uncovered 'problems that need to be met'. 'We [Muslims and Westerners] are both nurturing the victim mentality and we now have virtual walls between us. We are tolerating but not respecting each other. A clash of civilisations is the end and all of us are going to lose.' A Swiss national and a visiting fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, Ramadan has been a vocal supporter of greater Muslim integration in the West for many years . 'What happened in Denmark ... could have a more long-term and more important impact than what happened with September 11,” he said. “After September 11, we were speaking about radicals and they were condemned by all Muslims except those on the margins of the margin. Now what you have is Muslims, including non-practising Muslims, reacting and saying there is a problem here in the West and the fracture is deeper.'"