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Monday, September 4, 2006

Mark Steyn On Target As Always

What would you die for? Is there anything? Your faith, or your belief in Western and American principles of freedom and rights? Your 401(k)? I'm asking myself the same question, so don't feel alone. I know what I like to believe I would do given a choice like converting to Islam or face death, as put to Centanni and Wiig. Mark Steyn points out the seriousness of the question for us in his latest column:
In the Muslim world, they watch the Centanni/Wiig video and see men so in love with the present, the now, that they will do or say anything to live in the moment. And they draw their own conclusions -- that these men are easier to force into the car than that 16-year-old girl in Sydney was. It doesn't matter how "understandable" Centanni and Wiig's actions are to us, what the target audience understands is quite different: that there is nothing we're willing to die for. And, to the Islamist mind, a society with nothing to die for is already dead.
It's not a meaningless, philosophical excercise. It's an extremely important question because it defines who we are and how strong we are in the eyes of our enemy. What would I do? What would you do? Remember what Fabrizio Quattrochi did.

ht: Jihad Watch

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