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Standing Up To Terror
The American Enterprise Online ^ | February 13, 2006 | William Tucker

Posted on 02/18/2006 8:39:44 PM PST by neverdem

Boy, those TV people are nervy, aren’t they?  I mean, this year’s Super Bowl featured a man and woman simulating sexual intercourse on an airplane, and a 12-year-old girl discussed married sex with her mother. Takes guts, doesn’t it? 


And the newspapers—they’re just incredible, huh? The New York Times has risked its neck by revealing that the Bush Administration has been monitoring overseas phone calls. Stogy old Commentary is comparing this to the isolationist Herald Tribune printing a story in 1942 telling the Japanese we had broken their code. Those neoconservative loonies think the Times ought to be prosecuted for divulging secrets in wartime! Well, it’s a different world, brother! Our press today will go to jail en masse rather than give up freedom of speech!


And Hollywood, aren’t they the same? Every Academy Award nomination for best picture tackles some red-hot controversy—homosexuality, racism, the Israeli response to terror, McCarthyism. Why, that must be the fourth movie on McCarthyism in the last decade! As one letter to The Daily News commented, “If King Kong had been gay, he would have been nominated, too.”


Yes, there’s nothing our good old courageous media won’t tackle, is there?


Well, yes there is. It turns out not a single TV network and only two newspapers—the New York Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer—have dared publish the dozen Danish cartoons that have set off riots around the world. Even the New York Press, which once ran a whole column in which a writer described removing a boil from his scrotum, has chickened out. Four staff members quit in protest last week after the top brass backed down.  


Whence this newfound humility? Well, everybody’s mumbling something about “respect for religion” and “not wanting to offend anybody,” but the real reason is transparent.  They’re scared to death. Publishing portraits of rock stars posing as Jesus or putting naked movie stars on the cover of Vanity Fair—that’s all in a day's work. Only a bunch of hillbillies down in Arkansas will be offended. But publishing a cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban—now that’s serious. Somebody might start throwing rocks or set off a bomb in the office. Best to duck our heads on this one. Trading brickbats with government officials is one thing; doing something risky is quite another. 


My question is, what’s the difference? Nothing we say or do will make Muslims like us any better. Islam has been beating down the door of Western Civilization since the time of Charlemagne. They conquered Spain, took Constantinople in 1453, besieged Vienna in 1529 and again in 1683. The Turks blew up the Parthenon in 1687 and fighting between Greeks and Turks continued into this century. The Balkans became the “powder keg of Europe” once the Turks invaded. 


And it isn’t just us. Islam is at war with every civilization on its borders. They’re fighting with India, with China, with African tribes in Sudan. Nor do Muslims ever stop fighting among themselves. The whole history of Islam is a story of a group of dissidents going out into the desert, deciding the religion practiced by the elites was not the “true Islam,” and crashing back upon the cities to seize power. The word “assassins” comes from a Persian cult whose members drugged themselves with hashish before carrying out suicide attacks. The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda are just the latest of a long, long line.


Islam is a culture that has never learned to curb male violence. All it can do is export it.


So what can we poor Americans to do except hold another “Multicultural Appreciation Day?”  Here’s what I would suggest.


In order to put some backbone in the press for the trials ahead, let’s pick a day—I nominate February 28th, two weeks from today—in which every newspaper in America and every TV news station in America will display the offending cartoons.  For the faint-hearted there’ll be safety in numbers. It will inform the public and restore our self-respect. It certainly won’t ingratiate us with world of Islam, but what’s the difference? At least they’ll know they’re facing a united front.


When the Germans overran Denmark during World War II, they immediately announced that all Jews must wear the yellow star. Instead of cowering in their homes, every man, woman and child in the country donned a yellow star, including the King of Denmark. It seems only fitting that we return the favor. 


And if you’re planning to bomb The American Enterprise offices in retaliation for this column, please don’t bother. I hardly ever set foot in the place. I live at 430 4th Street in Brooklyn, right around the corner from the ice cream storeowner who was just sentenced to 18 years for smuggling $11 million to terrorists in the Middle East and two doors up from a fireman who was killed on September 11th.  I’m home every day.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cartoonjihad; cartoons; islam; terror
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To: Darksheare; neverdem
Okay.. that's different. WaPo opened a window and a cluebug came in and bit a few people for a few seconds?

LOLOL!! You know, I just finally checked out those cartoons, and without any flaming in mind, I cannot understand what the hubbub is all about. Do you?

41 posted on 02/19/2006 1:34:32 PM PST by phantomworker ("Happiness is a state of mind, not a goal.")
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To: SmithL
Bravo Zulu

Could you translate?

42 posted on 02/19/2006 1:45:22 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
Old sailors talk funny:

43 posted on 02/19/2006 1:54:43 PM PST by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: SmithL

Thanks for the info!

44 posted on 02/19/2006 2:06:01 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

That's a great story - I've already read it.

45 posted on 02/19/2006 2:54:02 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrat Leadership = No program - no ideas - no clue.)
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To: CyberAnt
That's a great story - I've already read it.

I knew that. That's why I wanted to show you the one MSM outlet that printed the Mayor's name and letter that I found by entering his name on Google News.

46 posted on 02/19/2006 3:31:16 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
Our MSM has responded to intimidation with the age-old, liberal response--APPEASEMENT AND CAPITULATION!

I guess that they have never heard of Winston Churchill's warning that,,,,"APPEASEMENT is feeding the crocodile--hoping that he eats you last".

The MSM's willingness to defer to threats and intimidation by lunatics and maniacs is absolutely pathetic! Neville Chamberlain would be SO PROUD.

47 posted on 02/19/2006 3:37:21 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: neverdem
Nothing we say or do will make Muslims like us any better.

Personally I don't want these creeps to "like me" more.

I hope to God they hate me.
And I hope they all die. The sooner the better.

Does this make me a bad person?
I don't think so. I like it. I think it makes me a better person.

48 posted on 02/19/2006 3:49:24 PM PST by Jorge
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To: neverdem

Oh .. okay!

49 posted on 02/19/2006 5:33:39 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: Cindy
You are a remarkable woman.

Thank you.

50 posted on 02/19/2006 6:17:36 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: neverdem

Here's the whole thing. I got it 15 Feb, thought it would have been posted here long ago.

In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young.

This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them.

I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.

The leaders of this Regiment: COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom.

Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.

NAJIM ABDULLAH ABID AL-JIBOURI Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq

51 posted on 02/19/2006 6:18:58 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
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To: Madame Dufarge

Not remarkable really, just an ordinary woman who cares.
My one talent I can contribute to WOT is research.

Thank you Madame Dufarge.

52 posted on 02/19/2006 6:20:45 PM PST by Cindy
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