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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

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Simple answers to stupid questions

Martin Luther Al-King?

Published: January 24, 2007

It’s hard to know what’s more disturbing: the barbaric sectarian murders by Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, or the deafening silence with which these mass murders are received in the Muslim world. How could it be that Danish cartoons of Muhammad led to mass violent protests, while unspeakable violence by Muslims against Muslims in Iraq every day evokes about as much reaction in the Arab-Muslim world as the weather report? Where is the Muslim Martin Luther King? Where is the “Million Muslim March” under the banner: “No Shiites, No Sunnis: We are all children of the Prophet Muhammad.”

First of all, he would ve found with drill holes in his knees and a bullet in his head.

What Americans seem to want happen is for the Shia, who are 60 percent of Iraq, give up the power they earned, so we can have a unity government. There was never a need for a unity government before, but now there is.

You can only have non-violent protest in a society which respects laws. Which of our allies, forget Iraq, would tolerate such a thing and not jail the leader?

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