Those cartoons in a Danish newspaper that have radical Islamists even more agitated than usual were published in an Egyptian newspaper last October, according to the Egyptian blogger, Rantings of a Sandmonkey, who was tipped off to this by another blogger, Freedom for Egyptians (and what these bloggers are doing requires real courage, not what we pretend to possess here).
The silence you heard after the Egyptian paper ran the cartoons - that was the sound of indifference from extremist Muslims.
In a posting yesterday, Rantings of a Sandmonkey wrote - "Freedom for Egyptians reminded me why the cartoons looked so familiar to me: they were actually published in the Egyptian newspaper Al Fagr in October 2005.
I repeat, October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present. Al Fagr isn't a small newspaper either: it has respectable circulation in Egypt, since it's helmed by known Journalist Adel Hamoudah. Looking around the house I found a copy of the newspaper, so I decided to scan it and present to all of you to see."