Tuesday, May 05, 2015
A couple of ISIS wannabes tried to shoot up an exhibition of cartoons in Garland, Texas, and the police put them down before the civilians could get to them: a triumph for duty and marksmanship.What didn’t happen next?There is a mosque in Garland, Texas. It was there yesterday, it’s there today, and it will be there tomorrow. After two radical Muslims attempted to massacre some infidels down the road a bit, there was no angry mob of Texans storming the place with F-350s and rifles. If any vehicle full of armed men rushed to the Muslims’ place of worship, you can be sure that it was the local police exercising an abundance of caution and nothing more.It’s easy to be snarky–”Oh, yay for us! No massacre, give Texas a cookie!” But only those parochial minds with the narrowest of experience could fail to appreciate how unusual that is in the world. Instead of retaliation, we have open-handed toleration that verges on the destructive.
Pamela Geller seems to me like she might be a very nasty piece of business indeed,but you know who I don’t want to hear about it from? CAIR and the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood fan club. “Oh, but she was trying to inflame the Muslims!” protest the usual assortment of bed-wetters. Yeah? So, what? Time to put on your big-boy First Amendment pants and buck up, little campers.
Reading this is like driving down a pretty country road and suddenly hitting a huge pot-hole. The struck-out part reminded me why I am not a big fan of Kevin Williamson. Inside the conservative carapace is the quivering jelly of the country-club republican. I don't want to go all Jihad on Williamson, but I can count on Pamela Geller to have my back and join me in my foxhole when it comes to real fighting. I can count on Williamson to pen a letter to the editor explaining why I should not have been shot despite my bad manners.