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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Why the 21 Muslim Cartoons Must Be Published

From Front Page, we get the clearest exposition yet why newpapers and magazines and TV networks MUST publish those 12 cartoons of Mohammed. Will they (my paper is the Virginian Pilot) listen? Why, as we enter the 21st century is there even a question about defending freedom of speech?

This is not merely a symbolic expression of support; it is a practical countermeasure against censorship. Censorship— especially the violent, anarchic type threatened by Muslim fanatics—is effective only when it can isolate a specific victim, making him feel as if he alone bears the brunt of the danger. What intimidates an artist or writer is not simply some Arab fanatic in the street carrying a placard that reads "Behead those who insult Islam." What intimidates him is the feeling that, when the beheaders come after him, he will be on his own, with no allies or defenders—that everyone else will be too cowardly to stick their necks out.

The answer, for publishers, is to tell the Muslim fanatics that they can't single out any one author, or artist, or publication. The answer is to show that we're all united in defying the fanatics.
That's what it means to show "solidarity" by re-publishing the cartoons. The message we need to send is: if you want to kill anyone who publishes those cartoons, or anyone who makes cartoons of Mohammed, then you're going to have to kill us all. If you make war on one independent mind, you're making war on all of us. And we'll fight back.


Read the whole thing.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the old Bill Cosby routine about the British and the Colonists and the rules of war. The Brits had to wear red uniforms and march in straight lines and the colonists could hide behind fences and shoot the Redcoats as they walked by. Just in the same way the Muslims make the rules of this war. They can insult us and call us the Great Satan, they can behead hostages on camera, they can blow up mosques and little children and say Israel has no right to exist. In return we have to respect them and their peaceful religion, we can't be mean to them when we interrogate them, we can't be suspicious of them when they fly on airplanes so we have to strip search little old ladies but not young Arab men, we can't publish their cartoons because that insults Mohammad, but they can, evidently that doesn't insult him, neither does he seem to mind when they kill innocent Iraqees trying to build a better life. This religion is confusing me, but not nearly as much as the cowardice of the msm. That's lower case because they are becoming more irrelevant everyday.

Moneyrunner said...

Well said.

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