Saturday, September 15, 2012
They Can Dish It Out, But They Can't Take It
So the fundamentalist Muslims are rioting in Egypt, and Syria, and all the other Muslim countries, attacking American embassies and killing people, because some fool posted a short, amateurish, poorly-made video poking fun at Mohammed. And of course various US politicians made a big point of apologizing for the film, just as they've spent the last few decades bending over backward not to "offend" the terribly-sensitive Muslims. Those apologies haven't done anything to discourage the pious rioters; if anything, they've been encouraged to go attack German and Belgian embassies too. It's interesting that they don't attack Israeli embassies. Perhaps that's because they know that Israeli embassies are heavily armored, and their guards are quite willing to shoot.
It's more interesting that nobody has bothered to mention the large number of Muslim-made movies, videos, TV shows, editorial cartoons and so on that are astoundingly insulting to Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and any other non-Muslim religion which catches the Muslims' notice. Download the movie "Fitna" to see some examples. There are others available on YouTube. The victims of those disgustingly offensive visuals haven't formed any howling mobs to go attack Arab embassies.
In fact, when "The Onion" online magazine published an amazingly salacious cartoon -- http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-murdered-because-of-this-image,29553/ -- showing a jolly orgy between Jesus, Jehovah, Buddha and a hermaphroditic Ganesha, the only responses it got were a few short grumbles in their letter column. Contrast that with the international squall over a few fairly-mild cartoons in a Danish newspaper, or the holy death-threats aimed at Salmon Rushdie, or the actual murder of one of the directors of "Fitna".
Clearly, the Muslim fundamentalists are making a profession out of being easily offended. They're demanding to be treated better than members of all other religions, while having no such compunctions about how they treat those other religions.
And by apologizing, censoring and tippy-toeing as we've done, we've only encouraged them. What no public figure will admit is that indulging a spoiled brats tantrums only trains the brat to demand more. We know -- because they've announced it, often enough -- what the Muslim fundamentalists want, which is nothing less than to rule the world. We can't give them that, and the sooner we stop encouraging them to think they can get it, the better.
The best solution is to do what the Israelis do. When howling mobs approach their embassies, they call out the guards. The guards fire a first warning shot over the attackers' heads, a second warning shot at their feet, and -- if that doesn't stop the oncoming mob -- then the moment the crowd sets foot on embassy grounds, fire the third volley straight into them. The latest bunch of rioters, who tried to pull off their outrage a couple days ago in Jerusalem, were handily subdued with stunners and rounded up by the local cops; the Israeli courts are presently arguing over whether to keep them in jail or deport them -- to Gaza. Others argue that the pious Muslim rioters should be deported to Mecca -- after all, good pious Muslims are supposed to want to visit Mecca once in their lives -- but in any case not allowed to come back. If all the western countries would follow that example, there would be a lot fewer pious-Muslim riots.
Ah, if only the president of the US had stood up and said: "Given the offensive things you've filmed and said about other religions, you have no right to complain. And if you attack our embassies, then the moment you set foot on embassy grounds, we'll shoot you." That would have put an end to the whole mess.
Alas, our current president won't do it. Worse, I don't see anyone on the political horizon who will. This means that for the foreseeable future the fundamentalist Muslims will go right on behaving like spoiled brats, and dishing out what they won't take.