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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Apologies Won't Work

Have you noticed how the West bends over backwards to apologize and make amends everytime a Muslim screams "offense"? Jonah Goldberg says we enable Jihad by doing so:
The West is caught in a similarly dysfunctional cycle of extortion and intimidation with Islam, but on a grander and far more violent scale. Whether it's the pope's comments or some Danish cartoons, self-appointed spokesmen for the Islamic street say, "You have offended a billion Muslims," which really means, "There are so many of us, you should watch out." And if you didn't get the message, just look around for the burning embassies and murdered infidels. They're not hard to find.

In response, the West apologizes and apologizes. Radical Muslims, who are not stupid, take note and become emboldened by these displays of weakness and capitulation. And the next time, they demand two pounds of flesh. Meanwhile, the entire global conversation starts from the assumption that the West is doing something wrong by tolerating freedom of speech, among other things.

This week, French President Jacques Chirac explained that everyone in the West must avoid everything that sparks tensions. In other words, we must forever be held hostage by the tactical outrage of a global mob. There's nothing funny about that.
It's time to stop apologizing to our Islamic neighbors. We must not compromise the prinicples of Western Civilization in order to try and stem the tide of Muslim fanaticism. Doing so will only raise the water level.

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