'Islamic Rage Boy' Defies Cartoon

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2007 8:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Islamic radical whose wild-eyed fury inspired the internet cartoon "Islamic Rage Boy"  tells the Guardian he's undeterred by Western ridicule and vows to continue his work. Images of  Kashmiri activist Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, used by American bloggers to lampoon Muslim extremism, have been applied to merchandise from tee-shirts to mouse pads.

 "I'm not happy with people making me a cartoon, but I have more important things to think about.," said Bhat, 30, a school dropout and full-time protester who's been busted 300 times. "The afterlife will decide my fate, not a mouse mat. "