February 3, 2006

"The merits of the case have almost nothing to do with it..."

Charlene is going to disagree totally. but I think this makes sense. Paul Jaminet writes, on our State Department's condemnation of the anti-Mohammed cartoons:

...Michelle Malkin doesn't like this, but it's just good sense.

The Bush administration is fighting a war against a coalition of totalitarian nations that is building a mass-production line for over a hundred nuclear bombs a year, is maintaining global terrorist networks, and already sponsors terrorism against the U.S. and our allies. In this war, our strongest and most helpful allies have been Muslim states and ordinary Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan who long to live in freedom; and we are going to need further help from our Muslim friends if we are to defeat the Muslim portion of the enemy coalition (i.e., Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and perhaps others).

In contrast, Europe has been an indifferent ally at best, and at times has aided our enemies. When threatened, they tend to fold, as Spain did. Others, like France, need to be bribed or blackmailed for even little bits of help.

In a conflict like this, which may have decades yet to run, we have to side with the friends and allies who have helped us in the past, who are present in the main theater of action, and whom we will need to rely on in the future, against half-hearted friends who are outside the main theater of action and will contribute little to victory in any case. The merits of the case have almost nothing to do with it...

If the cartoon controversy were to finally arouse Old Europe from its stupor and cause them to be willing to fight for things they believe in, then good. But it's not going to happen. Old Europe is dead, and isn't going to come back to life.

In addition, I find (Don't bother to tell me I'm old-fashioned and a stuffed-shirt; that goes without saying) the idea of cartoons mocking religions, or any ancient and serious institutions, very distasteful. I think having smart-alecky punk journalists lampoon an ancient faith that is held by a billion or so people (though it is not a faith I think very highly of) is too much like seeing dirty children spray-painting graffiti on some public building.

I think it's bad policy to support such things. We need to align ourselves with the places and peoples that have a future. And I suspect that pretty much excludes the places where anything profound or noble or revered causes the local sophisticates to sneer, or roll on the floor laughing....

Posted by John Weidner at February 3, 2006 10:31 AM
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