Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Commentators note the radical Islamic leveraging of asymmetry

Check out the grating commentary Wednesday by Daniel Pipes in the Washington Times (slow to get indexed) "Islamic violence advances Shariah Law: Is the U.S. ready to accept second-class status?", link (wesbite url) here.

Pipes is right, in that radical Islam seems to be knocking individualism over like a bowling pin strike;  governments are to be told what to do by individuals, and individual Americans are to be blamed for their outrage.  It seems like asymmetry run amok.

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times more or less says the same things, with more detail but a more temperate tone, here.

On CNN, an Egyptian professor (I can't find the name now) pointed out the nonsense of protesting "insults to the prophet" but not against the bloodshed going on from the Syrian government.

But we do have a problem when a huge part of the world defines its identity and purpose from a dictated religious belief, and demand that no one can ever walk on top of it.

But, after all, there were stories like that in the Old Testament, too.

There's more about the "other" cartoon controversy surfacing in France  What's next?  Mixing up cartoons with "clown questions"?  Stay tuned.

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