I have spent the day correcting the proofs of an article I wrote nearly a year ago. It is part of a theme issue on CLL coming out in Seminars in Oncology. Writing for a multi-author issue is like traveling in a convoy; we all proceed at the speed of the slowest ship. I had actually forgotten about this piece.
The proof correcting was quite difficult because I had the references out of sync, and one had missing page numbers. Since the paper was from a book, Medline was no good, and my copy of this very old textbook has been long thrown away. How do you find a 1961 book reference? After trying several things on Google, I eventually found the reference cited by somebody else. So unless he got frustrated and just made up the numbers, I should be OK.
Easy to get distracted by the Danish cartoons. They are easy to find on the internet and are pretty unremarkable to a Western eye. Of course, we have to recognise that Moslems allow no representation of anything with a soul, a certainly not the Prophet. I, too, have been offended by some of the way the Media portray Jesus. However, we are living in a secular society and we have to lump it if we want to live here. In Moslem societies women have to dress in certain ways that I find offensive. Certain other behaviours are unacceptable to me. If I went to live in Saudi Arabia, I should have to put up with them. That's why I live in England. Those who don't like living in a Western democracy have the option of leaving. They can also march up and down with banners and protest. What they can't do is threaten others with violence or encourage others to be violent. And neither can I.
Free speech is a precious right. So is freedom of worship. Moslems can boycott goods from Denmark if they want to and call them names if they want to. It's a free country. But will they be content with that?
A clash between fundamentalist Islam and the West seems to be coming. Let's hope that it doesn't go nuclear.