Saturday, November 06, 2004

Worst Episode Ever....................

This may be a sign that the universe is humming along nicely, but the response to the Van Gogh murder certainly is not. Andrew: "When a film-maker in a liberal Western country is shot, has his throat cut and then has a long manifesto pinned into his flesh with a knife in broad daylight, more people need to be concerned." This story should be huge. I often think of the "soft bigotry of low expectations" regarding standards of behavior, more than just not wanting to offend islamic P.C. sensibilites. Clearly 9/11 was not the wake-up call I thought it was. Murdered dutch politician Pym Fortuyn spoke of liberal democracies not being able to absorb cultures that don't respect the fundamental tenents of a tolerant, multicultural society. Here's a few things that will come to pass, the only question being after how much bloodshed:
  1. The preaching of jihad, and death to the infidels, can't be allowed. Some Holland politicans now want Imams to preach in Dutch; and in accord wth Dutch values. Good for them. Free speech? This is worse than shouting fire in a movie theater.
  2. The UN can't be irrelevant. Voting must refect how free your country is and the Security Council must have a mechanism to change membership. Where's India? Why 2 EU countries? The UN may be bypassed, with the need filled by multinational alliances between similar cultures that "get it"; perhaps growing out of the WTO, etc. Relevant institutional alliances are needed.
  3. Human rights for Africa, the Middle East and China must be held to the same standard as US/EU/Israel. If we expect less, less will change. We are the bigots here.
  4. Immigration must reflect the cultural preservation of such values as not getting murdered for opposing sharia. This is not a law inforcement issue. Western culture is being attacked and must defend itself. It appears to be commiting suicide.
  5. AlQaeda must not be allowed to morph into a political group. Doctor Evil's latest tape worries me. Remember his tape after 9/11 that spoke of Spain in 1492 and nothing about Palestine? The latest tape was not a "death-to-infidels", "strong horse", jihad rabble rouser. OBL seemed blind to western political sensibilites. The latest tape was written by some else; for a different audience. We cannot grant Arafat status ever again to terrorists.
  6. Derb's vision of the future comes to pass; (including the U.S. Ambassador to France is Jonah Goldberg? - ed)
Wouldn't it be nice if the universe was humming along nicely?
UPDATE: I sadly have a bet with a friend that given Europe's history and her reluctance to discuss, debate and vote on, let us say, certain immigrant issues: we will see things like this. I hope I'm wrong. Sigh.
UPDATE: Where is the debate on Europe's Muslims? includes this line from German Interior Minister Otto Schily: "If you love death so much, then it can be yours". More. God bless militant atheist Hitch:"We know that the obscene butchery of filmmaker Theo van Gogh was only a warning of what is coming in Madrid, London, Rome, and Paris, let alone Baghdad and Basra."
UPDATE:How lame is the NYT?


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