“Spineless European politician” is such a common image that an author can safely omit the first word if under a word-count crunch. So it is definitely newsworthy when the Prime Minister of Denmark shows some serious spine, by standing up to the world of howling Muslim street thugs. His country deserves our support.
In case you’ve been in a cocoon for the last two weeks, the Muslim world is in an uproar over some cartoons published in a minor Danish newspaper last September. These cartoon protesters remind me of street gangs. Angry young men sauntering around the ‘hood, (that’s street talk for “neighborhood”) daring somebody to diss (that’s street talk for “disrespect”) them. You ‘diss me, you die. Great. The whole Muslim world has decided that thugs are the emissaries of its civilization.
What do you do when confronted with a gang of angry teen-aged boys? If you are an old person, you hide. If you are a woman with small children, you protect yourself and your children as best you can and hope that an armed adult man shows up to deal with them.
Europe is filled with cowering old people. The vast majority of the industrialized world is acting like a bunch of women with small children.
But the little giant of Denmark has decided to stand up to them.
According to the Washington Post, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has publicly said he was sorry that the cartoons had offended Muslims. But he has steadfastly refused to apologize for their publication, because, “neither the government nor the Danish people can be held responsible for what is published in an independent newspaper.” Rasmusssen continued, “I think freedom of expression is the safeguard of all other freedoms. I consider freedom of expression the most important freedom of all.”
It takes guts for a tiny country like Denmark to confront the fury of the entire Muslim world. Muslim protestors have burned and destroyed Danish flags. Western embassies in Beirut, Damascus and Tehran have been attacked. A Catholic priest was murdered in Turkey. And protests of European Muslims have featured calls for “a real Holocaust” on the West. Editorial boards of major newspapers that didn’t shed a tear over “Piss Christ” getting government funding, are now dithering with feigned horror over offending religious sensibilities of Muslims.
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World. She blogs at jennifer-roback-morse.blogspot.com
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