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Hundreds of Afghan students shouted support on Monday for Osama bin Laden and threatened to join al Qaeda during a protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Pakistan's main Islamist alliance vowed to broaden its campaign with more protests targeted at the U.S. and Pakistani presidents.
Pakistan's main Islamist alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), said on Monday it would broaden its campaign. Five people died in protests in Pakistan last week.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of the MMA, was held under house arrest in Lahore at the weekend to prevent him leading a rally in the capital Islamabad on Sunday.
After his release on Monday he called publication of the cartoons in European newspapers "part of the clash of civilizations led by (U.S. President George W.) Bush".
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
Do we want the moderates on our side?
or do we want to strenghten our enemys purpose and numbers by falling for this pathetic attempt to rally the west against the muslims (all not just the extremists)...
Originally posted by 27jd
I don't think they could be considered "on our side" though. If they see any action taken against the extremists as an attack against them, how can we keep them out of the fray? The lines are being drawn, it doesn't seem they're willing to talk it out, so what are we to do? Let them attack us, and do nothing for fear of inciting the moderates? Things are reaching a boiling point, I just hope it doesn't boil over...