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Close Down Those Embassies
Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell

Posted on 09/20/2012 8:47:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

Allow me to offer a suggestion as to how our government might avoid the slaughter of our personnel in diplomatic installations around the Islamic world by mobs.

It seems to me most probable that insults to the Prophet Muhammad appear regularly in the modern world. After all, insults against revered figures in the world's other major religions pop up all the time. As for Islam, a book such as Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" can be published anywhere. A thirteen-minute anti-Islamic video can arrive on YouTube, and my guess is there are others that have and will appear there. In some obscure land, far from the major media, a cartoon is published perhaps with the Prophet in an absurd pose. Why not a simple slur on Facebook? Who can control Facebook? Will a slur found there set off the mobs next time? And what constitutes a slur? These Islamic mobs keep changing their standards. What was a minor lapse of taste yesterday becomes a cause for terrible indignation today.

The metamorphosing angers of Islam have been a feature of the modern world for decades. Possibly the first show of anger was in Tehran with the takeover of the American embassy. But I trace Islamic anger back further, at least to Sirhan B. Sirhan, who assassinated the 1968 presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, for some fancied transgression. From all I can tell, the angers of Islam are getting worse. Even with the presidency of Barack Obama, the Nobel Laureate, the angers of Islam have worsened. He began his presidency tendering the olive branch of peace to Islam. Now the Islamic world is afire. Mobs are burning our diplomatic installations in places where moderate Islam reigns, for instance, Tunisia. In Libya, unspeakable desecrations take place against us. Egypt seems to be out of control, and Egypt is supposedly an ally and recipient of foreign aide.

The rest of the world seems to be going forward toward prosperity. Even countries like China, India and Russia are proceeding into the future. Islam, at least in Arab lands, is going backwards. It is doing something I would have thought preposterous in decades past. It is heading back toward the Middle Ages and embracing that time and earlier times with open arms. I think some day we will recognize it as the season following the vaunted Arab Spring.

Yet back here in America, the news is not all that bad. For one thing, we are approaching energy independence. Thanks to an abundance of recently discovered natural gas, we may in the years ahead be shipping it abroad. Also, thanks to "fracking," we can extract oil from long dead oil wells and from newer ones. If President Obama will just get out of the way, we are going to be energy independent, and our independence will last for years. The angers of Araby will be inherited by the Chinese and the Indians. I, for one, will enjoy seeing how China handles the murder of Chinese diplomats and the torching of Chinese embassies. For with energy independence, we can close our embassies in lands where they are endangered or perhaps stand as a provocation to the passing mobs. In the modern world, diplomatic business can be carried on in civilized countries rather than in dangerous backwaters. We can treat a Libyan or Tunisian envoi in Geneva, Switzerland or possibly in New York at the United Nations complex. Diplomats from those countries would still be free to visit New York City. It would be a shame if civilized citizens of Islam could no longer line up at our embassies or consulates for visas to the United States, but such is life. If there was business to be transacted, the businessmen could always transact it on the telephone or, for the advanced, the Internet.

Probably there would not be much business transacted once we are energy independent. The world would be a more peaceful place. The forward-marching nations would be happy and contented in the 21st century. The Islamic nations would be happy or angry or whatever in the 10th century, possibly earlier. They could reside in any century they chose. If an Arab potentate wanted heart surgery, he could fly off to foreign parts for the procedure. And if an indigenous mob wanted to go wild, its members could burn down the local Chinese embassy. Again, it will be interesting to see how the Chinese respond to such madness.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: egypt; embassyriots; emmetttyrrell; fracking; libya; remmetttyrrell; usembassy

1 posted on 09/20/2012 8:47:53 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

100 percent agree with Emmett !


2 posted on 09/20/2012 8:53:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes.


3 posted on 09/20/2012 9:02:17 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin

Diplomats and their safety:
If I remember: After Pearl Harbor, both Japanese and American diplomats safely left their embassies and returned safely to their respective countries.
If I remember: After A. Hitler declared war on the United States, both German and American diplomats safely left their embassies and return safely to their respective countries.
I guess back then, there was at least a minimum attempt at civilization, surely minimum but a little.
Obama’s world is somewhat different isn’t it.


4 posted on 09/20/2012 9:09:14 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Kaslin
- Energy independence.

- Deny immigration and students from muslim countries.

- Leave muslim countries to eat sand and kill each other.

- Develop conventional weapons to strike them from the US in 30 minutes.

- When they say they want to talk, ignore them.

5 posted on 09/20/2012 10:16:08 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Kaslin

Nope, don’t retreat. Ring the embassies with Claymore mines. Arm the personnel with drones that can drop cluster munitions. Have gas masks and the ability to dispense chemical weapons. Lasers that cook people trying to hurt us. F’m all.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Kaslin

I suggest we go one step futher. Since we own them we have the right to destroy them. Let’s blow each one up with a REALLY big bomb.


7 posted on 09/20/2012 11:59:36 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Kaslin

Uhhh... It seems the safe thing to do, but why is it that we seem to be doing the thing they want us to do?


8 posted on 09/20/2012 2:00:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Dilbert56

It’s not retreat to decide you don’t want to spend time in a sh*t-hole anymore. What you suggest would be like fighting for the right to live in inner-city Detroit. WTF for? Leave the sh*t-holes for the people who love sh*t-holes.

What do we get out of having embassies in Muslim sh*t-holes?

And, by the way, the State Department is full of over-paid leftists. Bring them home. Fire them. Let them go out and find real jobs.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 5:37:44 PM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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