Yesterday, an alert off-duty cop killed two violent jihadists who were armed to the teeth. The locale was a contest of the Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures. The jihadists went straight to Heaven to start getting busy with those 72 virgins, or is it one single 72-year old virgin? Opinions differ because of difficulties with the translation of 7th century Arabic.
Yes, it was a provocative gathering that was the target of Islamist terrorism. Yes, it had something to do with the assassination last January of French newspapermen who had caricatured the Prophet. In the aftermath, liberal pundits form a microphone human chain to declare gravely, “What did you expect? Muslims felt insulted.”
I don’t know if the pundits are scum or merely stupid and ignorant. In general, I think we are too slow to give ordinary stupidity its due.
Let me repeat the obvious: 1 It’s the job of government to protect us and our rights. It wouldn’t take much to convince me that it’s the federal government’s only job. 2) The first item in the Bill of Rights is freedom of speech. Put the two together: Our government is required to protect us when we exercise our freedom of speech.
That’s not when we are being nice, or, at least, unprovocative; it’s always. If you want to make laws prohibiting certain kinds of speech, as several European countries have done, please go ahead, make my day. Until you have, such laws don’t exist and the government’s constitutional duty to protect us remains intact. It’s that simple.
As usual, I pay attention to what did not happen. The caricaturists Islamophobic gathering was fairly well advertised. Every one who thought the event was offensive, Muslim and others, had the option to demonstrate peacefully outside the venue. I don’t know why we did not see thousands of demonstrators with placards reading: “No to Islamophobia.” I don’t see why there were no counter-speakers delivering reasoned, sensate speeches about the inherent humanity of Islam. Or about its horror of idolatry. Or, don’t I know? What do you think?
Well, I am going to wait and see what American Muslims organizations are going to say about the attempted and failed acts of terrorism. And there is no reason to limit myself to American Muslim organizations, specifically. I am also going to await the reactions of the ulemas of any Muslim country, also of the theological Al-Azhar university in Cairo. I am going to pick up a book while I wait.
The way I understand it, it’s still the party line among pure libertarians that terrorism by people who happen to be Muslims has nothing to do with Islam, real Islam, the religion. (And that they are provoked by the actions of Western imperialists in any case.) Other religions do the same and worse, they say. Accordingly, I expect acts of Catholic terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia any day because the country forbids celebrating mass in spite of its sizable resident Catholic population. (Think Filipino maids and nannies.) The Kingdom is forcing much of its resident Catholic population to live in a state of sin. No, I won’t be surprised at all. I will tell Saudi opinion, ” What did you expect? Your provoked them for many years.”
What do you think?