Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Moments of Clarity - Installment III

Hey, guess what? It looks like a lot of people in the Islamic world don't like snotty Danish cartoonists. As the protests, riots, and now killings (of a Catholic priest in Italy) demonstrate, we are not dealing with Western standards of rationality. So what are we learning?
  • While it may not be possible to get enough to eat, or for a woman to walk the streets without a chador, in many parts of the Muslim world, there appears to be a ready supply of European flags for burning. I think I'd like that concession right about now.
  • We are all Danes. More to the point, we are all infidels. And it's a dangerous game to pretend otherwise, or to downplay the meaning of this.
  • The cynicism of Bashar Assad, Hosni Mubarak and the other worthies of the region knows no boundaries.
  • Those freedoms we hold dear could evaporate quite quickly. As the Founders understood, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

1 comment:

Execu-bot said...

...I think its also noteworthy that 95% of those who take exception to the cartoons have not seen them firsthand.

Not to downplay the impact they have had, but it it probably important to understand all the links in how cartoons turn into violence.