The Power of Division and Unity
Dr Sherifa D Zuhur
Op-Ed by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
"Twelve cartoons published by the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, on September 30, 2005, and reprinted in January in other European newspapers unleashed a strong reaction in the Muslim world. Wildly different conclusions were drawn from these events, as from several other important and divisive incidents that followed, including the thwarted takeover of port management by the Dubai Ports World and sectarian fighting in Iraq. Oddly, the cartoon incident might be the most significant illustration of extreme polarization, which has not yet been bridged nor fully addressed."