Star Parker

The radical Islamists, like the politically correct in the morally relative West, make up their own rules and don't appreciate the real truths of the world in which they live.

Does the president of Iran honestly comprehend where he stands? First of all, he wants nuclear power _ the same nuclear power discovered and developed by Western science, the product of our open, honest, and thoughtful Western civilization he so abhors.

How about at least a thank you Mr. Ahmadinejad?

But, maybe more to the point, Ahmadinejad acts the way he does because he is as detached from the realities in which he lives as Rosie O'Donnell.

If we wanted to play ball with Ahmadinejad according to his own supposed rules, the game would be over in 10 seconds. If we really wanted to exercise our power, he'd be history. We could blow his regime to kingdom come and deliver him readily to the black eyed virgins in heaven that his jihadis so long for.

We don't do it because we are civil and not because we can't. Because we value life, what it means and the values that sustain it and make this dear gift possible. This is what those in the world of Islam that think they are powerful need to grasp.

It is sad and ironic that Muslim attacks on churches in response to innocent remarks made by the Pope in an important and thoughtful speech about faith and reason coincided also with Fallaci's death.

Fallaci, who found inspiration in the message of this Pope, saying: "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. It's that simple."

She also wisely observed, "The moment you give up your principles and your values, the moment you laugh at those principles and those values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period."

Pay attention, Rosie.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.