Millions For Defense – Not One Penny For Tribute (Who Said That?)

The American Thinker

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.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Millions For Defense – Not One Penny For Tribute (Who Said That?) — 4 Comments

  1. I swear. The banners, placards, and the talking points have been changing EVERY SINGLE DAY in response to what the Western punditocracy chooses to focus on. There is NO WAY this is rising up spontaneously on the streets of Lahore, Multan, and Khoun Yanis. This is being directed by forces in the West. My guess is London, since that’s where all the al-Q mouthpieces hang their turbans, and a big printing press assist from Red Ken’s Commie pals.

  2. “We’ve been bribing these savage Islamic barbarians for a long time.”

    You mean to say we’ve been paying Danegeld? Got to be some irony in that somewhere.

    It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say:—
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.
    — Rudyard Kipling

    Hmm.. I should note that, in searching for this quote (yes, I used less-evil-than-thou Google), I find that a commenter at Captain’s Quarters has dredged up the same old poem in regard to Israel’s recent $54 million payment to the Palestinian Authority. How strange is that? Payin’ the Dane even though they’ve got to know he’s not going away.

    [Forgive me if this comment comes through mangled, I had to insert HTML “br” commands to create paragraph breaks in some places. Strange.]

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