David Harsanyi: The Future Should Belong To Those Who Can Slander the Prophet of IslamPosted: January 7, 2015
David Harsanyi writes: On September 9, 2012, Egyptian demonstrators in Cairo scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy and pulled down the American flag, threatening the lives of those inside to protest a film they claimed was insulting to the prophet Mohammad. Reacting to this attack on our sovereignty and the lives of our citizens, the administration acted in the most un-American way imaginable, sending out this preposterous message:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.
The producer of this pointlessly inflammatory video was well within his rights to mock any religion he chose however he pleased. So the statement irresponsibly perpetuates a false notion about how free speech works around here. Neither The Embassy of the United States in Cairo nor the president of United States has the power to apologize for your views on religion.
That’s the most obvious problem. But the gratuitous groveling we do to allay the sensitivities of violence-prone Muslims (because who else are we attempting to placate?) has become a cringe-worthy aspect of American policy long before Barack Obama ever showed up. When the Bush administration, in the middle of the Danish carton controversy, claimed that “Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images, as anti-Christian images or any other religious belief,” it was equally wrong. As far as the state goes, they’re all “acceptable.”
But only one of those can put you on kill lists.
After the deadly terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, France, it’s worth remembering that there is no amount of conciliating rhetoric that will stop attacks on our liberal values – even undermining them. Which is something we’ve done.
- VIDEO: Obama: Paris attacks ‘cowardly’ (bbc.co.uk)
- President Obama Responds to the Attack in France (whitehouse.gov)
- Terror Comes and Goes, Again (wsj.com)
- Fox Guest: Why Won’t Obama Label Paris Attack ‘Islamic Terrorism’? (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- President Obama Condemns French Attack (kdrv.com)
- World leaders line up to condemn Paris terror attack (thetimes.co.uk)
- Mossad Attacks Paris? (aanirfan.blogspot.se)