Ok, not really. But that's sort of the point... I can write that, and while it may be offensive to some, I have a reasonable confidence that I won't find myself dragged in front of the local Imam and condemned to death by stoning.
It seems that the Muslims are rioting and blowing things up again. And what brutal injustice has the cowboy American neocon warmonger government wrought upon them this time to force such desperate action? Well, actually nothing at all. Actually, this time around, some Scandinavian (HA!) newspapers have had the utter gall to print--gasp!--political cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed. Imagine that! And to top it all off, they didn't even issue an immediate apology! Obviously this is completely unacceptable. Embassies are torched, flags are burned, citizens are ordered to flee, and angry rioters demand the blood (either figurative or literal) of those responsible. All for nothing more than a liberal western newspaper exercising it's liberal western right of press freedom in a liberal western democracy.
A few months ago, I wrote about the basic incompatibility between Islam as it is currently practiced, and the modern world
. The recent riots
over the Danish cartoons of Mohammed put a heavy underscore on this point. Can anyone honestly argue anymore that we 'create terrorists' through 'insensitive' foreign policy, the occupation of Iraq, Gitmo, or anything else on the liberal laundry list of supposed things that we are doing to inflame the delicate sensitivities of otherwise peaceful people? Of course not... but then again I've been saying that for quite some time now. What other offense against Islam has Denmark committed to push these peace-loving Muslims to the brink like this? Surely this must be the final straw in a long list of insensitivities committed by the Danes. None you can think of? Me neither.
No, the Iraq war is not to blame for terrorism, nor is 'Palestine', nor is anything else on the aforementioned list of the 'root causes' favored by liberal intelligentsia. No, the actual list is quite short. You see, not everyone is a Muslim, not everyone wants to be, and even fewer people want to live according to Muslim law. And there it is. The root cause of all terrorism in one sentence. Every terrorist act committed by Muslims in the last fifty years can be boiled down to that one sentence. Sure you have to strip away all of the political BS that has steadily accumulated over the last few decades to see it, but there it is. The fact that we've actually begun to fight back over the last five years has maybe caused more of these feelings to boil over, but mind you that does not in any way mean that we've created more terrorists, any more than the landing at Normandy created more Nazis. Make no mistake, until Islam sees a renaissance in it's very attitude towards the non-Muslim world, this is what we can expect.
The only thing more astonishing than the failure of Islam to evolve over the last thousand years or so has been the incomprehensible western compulsion to either ignore it or put an alternative spin on it somehow. But these riots are very difficult to spin. Said the Dutch foreign minister:
"Now it has become more than a case about the drawings: Now there are forces that wants a confrontation between our cultures..."
What a revelation! Isn't that what George W. Bush and the rest of us neocon warmongers have been saying since 9/11? Well, better late than never I suppose, though I'm not holding my breath for the Dutch or Danish army to arrive in Baghdad anytime soon. Yes, the point that the foreign minister has finally grasped is a simple but often ignored one, especially in European capitals; these people are seeking a clash of civilizations because they believe that it is their solemn religious duty to do so, and will seize upon any excuse to bring this about... be it feigned outrage over the Israel/Palestine situation, the Iraq war, or stupid political cartoons. There is nothing that we can do (or stop doing) to prevent this. They do, in fact, hate our freedom. Witness this editorial in the Syrian state-run daily Al-Thawra:
"It is unjustifiable under any kind of personal freedoms to allow a person or a group to insult the beliefs of millions of Muslims"
Wow... think about that statement for a minute, because it is a very telling window into the psyche of these people. 'Unjustifiable under any kind of personal freedoms'. So what this means is that the personal 'honor' of Muslims is to be held in higher regard than any other civil right or freedom, regardless of country or religion. We are all to bow down in deference to Islam, otherwise suffer the concequences.
It is fallacy of the highest order to continue to believe that if we simply ended support for Israel, pulled troops out of the middle east and apologized for whatever offenses we may or may not have committed, we will suddenly make these people stop wanting to kill us. We're not Muslims, and they just can't abide that. Period.
And, once again, where are the moderate Muslims to condemn the disgusting behavior being displayed by so many of their brothers? Well, thankfully, here's one. But once again, the so-called 'moderate' community is by and large silent, if not tacitly encouraging with regard to these outrageous riots. Of course it's impolite to publish potentially insulting pictures. But freedom is sometimes impolite. Sometimes it's downright messy and it can frequently turn ugly. But that is what we all deal with, every single day. Whether it's a neo-Nazi demonstration, a crucifix in a jar of urine, or Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, liberal freedom of expression is something sacred to our culture. We cannot compromise our values for the sake of keeping crazy fundamentalists temporarily appeased anymore.
Hopefully these riots will serve as a wake up call to the politically correct liberal drones which inhabit the western world. No longer can we afford to allow the politics of asymmetry to dictate our relationship with radical Islam, where the Saudi government can confiscate and burn the Bibles of anyone entering their country without so much as a peep from the west, but we cannot criticize Islam in our own press without apologies being demanded and diplomats being recalled.
Time for the Muslim world to grow up. Let them blow themselves up. Let them throw their tantrums. And like a spoiled 3 year old, they'll learn their lesson if we remain firm and never compromise what we know is right. Otherwise, we will only bring more grief upon ourselves in the long run, to the detriment of both our society and theirs.