The cartoon crisis which has left embassies ablaze and sparked riots from Beirut to Bangkok and Jarkarta was a set-up job, planned and executed by a group of Muslim leaders from Denmark in concert with leading lights of the Islamic world. The conspirators used supremely inflammatory phony cartoons never published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten to gin up a campaign of violence and intimidation against Denmark, the EU, and the West.
The instantaneous availability of Danish flags for burning in obscure outposts of the Muslim world suggests a great deal of advance planning.
Yeah, probably, but I think this entire approach misses the point. Even if the thing was ginned up by Islamofascist nutballs, the fact still remains: In a free society, the media is unfettered by religious taboos in what it publishes. Or at least is should be. So even if the phony cartoons had actually been real, civilized people write letters to the editors, complain on blogs, organize boycotts, and otherwise behave like, well, civilized people.
If you are barbarian savages, you burn buildings and murder people. Civilization used to know how to handle barbarians – you kill them until they change their ways or, at worst, learn to fear you enough that they leave you alone. Yes, I’m aware that bribery is a time-honored method of keeping the savage from the door. Unfortunately, it never works in the long run.
We’ve been bribing these savage Islamic barbarians for a long time. Maybe it is now time to try a different method. One that works.