Thousands of Muslims rampaged Sunday in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy, burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic church as violent protests over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad spread from neighbouring Syria.
Troops fired bullets into the air and used tear gas and water cannons to push the crowds back after a small group of Islamic extremists tried to break through the security barrier outside the embassy. Flames and smoke billowed from the building. Security officials said at least 30 people were injured.
The Danish foreign minister said: "enough is enough."
"Now it has become more than a case about the drawings: Now there are forces that wants a confrontation between our cultures," (Per Stig) Moeller said. "It is in no one's interest, neither them or us."
It may not be in the West's interest to start a war against Islam, Mr. Moeller, though it is very much in our interest to finish it.
But it is very much in Islam's interest to keep this war going, by whatever means, on whatever pretext. To Islam, we are the kafirs doomed to hell, and it is a sacred duty to conquer the dar-ul-harb for Islam.
Peaceful co-existence isn't even in these people's vocabularies; it's not even a concept they could envision.
And if you don't get it, Mr. Moeller, your Queen Margrethe does:
"We are being challenged by Islam these years - globally as well as locally. It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and lazy.
"We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance."
"And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction."