COLUMN: Solberg – Time for the west to stand firm on jihadis

- September 17th, 2012

Stop appeasing jihadists

by Monte Solberg

I know it’s still popular in some circles to say different cultures have different values, but all cultures are equal. I also know why people say this and it’s not because it’s obviously true, quite the contrary. They say it to avoid conflict.

It might even make sense in a sad way to dismiss the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans as a “cultural difference” if we knew it would appease our enemies. “No, I’m sorry dear, daddy won’t ever come home again because a different but equal culture killed him. But in their equally valid culture he had it coming so put on your burka and be quiet.”

Yes, asserting that some cultures are superior to others can lead to conflict, but appeasing is not the way out. The jihadists don’t care if we suck up to them. If you’re not one of them, they’ll dispose of you the moment you quit being useful to them.

In the case of the murders in Libya, the murderers would argue they were following orders. Given that the orders were issued in the year 632, you would think there might be some question as to whether they are still relevant.

After all, most of the world has moved on from then. There’s been a little reflection and critical thinking over the last millennium and things have changed.

In the West it took a while, but we finally figured out that it is self-evident we should all have equal rights. That’s why we oppose stoning women to death, even if they do show off an ankle.

The problem here isn’t freedom of expression in the West. In fact, the only alternative to violence is to debate ideas, which requires free expression and an open mind.

Unfortunately, jihadist minds closed 1,400 years ago and show no signs of reopening. They are still partying like it’s 999.

There are several lessons here.

First, if the Arab Spring ever actually existed, it has now yielded to jihadist winter. Let’s also not equate casting a ballot with real democracy. Permitting the vote without a commitment to universal human rights only legitimizes the tyranny of the majority. It’s democracy but it’s not liberal democracy.

Second, too many people in the West think the correct response to Muslim violence is to tiptoe around extreme Islam. Yes, some people have set out to inflame the Muslim street, but better a few free-speech provocateurs than a nation of sheep, afraid to call baloney on a way of thinking that is based on hate, repression and violence.

Third, let’s recognize that Israel is the only country the West can count on in the Middle East, precisely because it shares our values. How many times do we need to learn this lesson?

The U.S. embassy’s initial grovelling response to the violence in Cairo actually blamed American free expression for causing the violence. It was a futile and embarrassing attempt to appease the jihadists, an attitude I fear runs up the chain of command.

Forget the apologies. What U.S. foreign policy needs is tough talk and more Marines.

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6 comments

  1. Steve says:

    The Islamists made sure their more secular leftist Muslim cohorts took front and center stage at the beginning of the Arab spring, especially, so the dhimmi stooges of the West could jump right on board. And you’re right, the minute the Islamists had control, they literally booted their useful idiot leftist friends to the ditch. They will do the same everywhere.

  2. Lord Thanet says:

    ALL forms of authority must be open to disrespect and satire or else they will grow into monsters. Islam has been beyond criticism in the Muslim world for 1400 years, and look at what you get. It can spread to more countries. It has spread to 57 formerly civilized countries already.

  3. Alain says:

    While I completely agree it is imperative to point out that the riots and murders were planned and organised well in advance and not a reaction to the film in question. It is also imperative that the West uphold freedom of speech and stop submitting to Sharia by granting special status to Islam. No religion or dogma should be except from the right to disagree, criticise or even offend.

  4. Rickintoronto says:

    Sure I agree with you.

    Now let’s hear the same viewpoint on extreme Zionists who control Israel and possess nuclear weapons, and a military backed 100 percent by America. It’s ok I don’t expect that much.

    We should be striping Israel of its atomic weapons and sanctioning it when it bombs the West Bank or Gaza…or any surrounding country.

    Fair? Fair.

  5. Alain says:

    Re. Rickintoronto (that alone tells me much), please provide the proof that the “extreme Zionists” demand the banning of criticism of Israel. You cannot, because no other group or religion demands special treatment and status.

  6. James Halifax says:

    The anniversay of 911 each year affects Americans deeply for the most part, but for different reasons. The way Americans feel about that attack can be seen along Party Lines. Republicans reaction to the attack was the sensible one. Find out who did it and destroy them. Republicans think the attack was an outrage worthy of going to war, whereas I get the feeling that Democrats, (at least those who don’t think Bush did it) though sad over the attacks that day, somehow feel they had it coming.

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