Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bikini War alert: Phase Orange?

The Muhammad cartoons took around four months to develop into a full-blown worldwide international incident, from their posting in Jyllands-Posten on September 30th, 2005, to the eruption of riots in the beginning of February, 2006. (See the excellent summary on Wikipedia and there's even a website that keeps tally of the Cartoon wars' body count.)

So it'll be interesting to see how long it takes for protests to erupt around the display of bikini designs based on the national flags of participants in the 2006 World Soccer Championships, among which numerous flags of Islamic nations.

The display took place during the 14th China International Fashion Week in Beijing. Asia Pundit was the first to report on it in an April 5th post.

The Cartoon Wars were triggered by a group of Danish imams who spent a lot of time during a tour of the Middle East distributing a dossier on the offensive materials. Will others go to the same lengths to trigger Bikini Wars?

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