Monday, April 03, 2006

We Need More Danish Cartoons!

Wolfgang Bruno says there is a lesson for us in the cartoon jihad (hat tip Fjordman):

If we had some basic understanding of our enemy and watched him closely, we would see that he made at least two major mistakes during these recent cartoon events that we could exploit. First, he showed us his hand and his true intentions, thereby waking up millions of infidels just a little bit too early. Second: He also clearly demonstrated some of his weak points, both the extreme arrogance and the ridiculous hypersensitivity to even the slightest criticism. During the Muhammad cartoon affair, the Islamic world might as well have worn a gigantic neon sign saying: “We fear freedom of speech above all else. Give us bombs, just don’t send us rational criticism or mockery.” They scream “We love death,” yet cringe like shivering Christmas puddings in front of a few cartoons. If this is what they fear most, then this is where we should push harder.
I’ve made similar points in the past (as has Ali Sina):

In the past I’ve suggested that Islam is based on primitive concepts among them are the primacy of shame and humiliation. … Today, the West is the primary cheerleader for the ideology of Islam. It is nearly impossible to criticize Islam. While the Islamic revival is driven by internal forces, it gets a boost when praised by Western leaders – often the same leaders that will vilify their own culture. What would happen if we reverse that process? What would happen if we proudly trumpeted our superior culture and vilified the savage culture of Islam? … Never under estimate the power of a moral posture. It's time we affirm our greatness and act accordingly.
Bruno makes many excellent points. Read the whole article.

Of course, it's not cartoons that we need but clear hard-hitting criticism that goes for the jugular. Mohammad was a thug who plundered caravans to make a living. He terrorized Medina by having critics assassinated; and he ethnically cleansed Medina of Jews. This is Islam and we have nothing but complete contempt for this vicious irrational fascistic 7th century barbarian who created this monstrous creed.

On the other hand, you don't have to translate cartoons.

Update: Edward Cline expresses the same thought but with a Churchillian voice. Speaking of hard-hitting ...


Blogger Cubed © said...

"On the other hand, you don't have to translate cartoons."

Exactly. This is the greatest value of art, and it's why it's so tightly controlled (up to and including forbidden) in totalitarian societies.

4/3/06, 10:32 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Of course, it's not cartoons that we need but clear hard-hitting criticism that goes for the jugular.

The cartoonifada had one excellent outcome, however. Several people within my small circle have started asking, "What's the problem?" Add to the cartoonifada the case of Abdul Rahman; that case led to even more people doing some asking.

Just last week, one of my clients, an avid reader of hard copy and with limited online time, decided that it was time to find out more about Islam. I immediately recommended Mark Alexander's book as the starting point for her.

She also told me that her husband, an attorney, and his friends discuss the threat all the time, but that they are talking over her head.

Yesterday, my client asked me about some of the recent dust-rolling at my site. I told her that I have been condemned as a blasphemer of Islam. Her response: "Good for you!" This client is a very bright lady, former CEO of a communications firm. These days, she's busy rearing her three lovely daughters. But I sense that she is getting ready to start spreading the word, and she knows some pretty powerful people, as does her husband.

I think I'm going to order some more more copies of the comic book which I reviewed at my site. My aforementioned client would like to see that one too, I think.

4/4/06, 7:55 AM  
Blogger Allen Weingarten said...

Jason writes "we need...clear hard-hitting criticism that goes for the jugular." I concur, and would emphasize that the Islamic method for changing the world is that of force (the sword of the Koran). This contrasts with the method of teaching by suasion & example (which remains to be furthered in our own civilization).

The central requirement for fighting the war of ideas is to establish the principle of the non-initiation of force "One has no right to initiate force, but the obligation to resist it."

*I am unaware of any serious problem in the world that does not depend on the violation of this principle.* Even the ravings of the most vicious bigot would be feckless, if his method for dealing with the world were by suasion & example.

4/4/06, 9:10 AM  
Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...


You were condemned as a blasphemer of Islam before I was?

Now I'm insulted.

Those meteoric iron phallus kissing, moon worshipping, child molester revering barbarians fatwa'ed you before me?

That pisses me off. How do I get those fuckers to fatwa me? Do they have a complaint desk?

4/4/06, 11:23 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
I don't know how I got my fatwa before you.

Sorry 'bout that.

4/4/06, 7:41 PM  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

I agree, Cubed. The power of art reaches us all while the power of explicit exposition that analyzes philosophy or politics reaches only those so inclined to read such works … at least in the first round. Eventually, the effect is felt. Bruno is right that translating critical works on Islam into their languages and posting them on the internet will have an effect. I think our political leaders would have a greater effect if they expressed skepticism if not outright disgust at Islam. Our journalist and editorial writers would have a great effect. And our movie industry, which now makes most of its profit abroad, would have a profound effect. Instead they are making anti-American propaganda like Syriana. If we had declared war, we could try them for treason. And we agree a declaration would have been the right thing to do.

AOW is right, people are coming around. That’s one of the great side effects of the riots over the cartoons. The cartoons were tame. Sometimes it is best to present gentle criticism of Islam in the realm of televised events and let the public see the irrational and violent response.

Allan is right, resorting to and initiating violence bars one from the debate of ideas in a civilized society. Of course, this assumes respect for the individual reasoning capacity and Islam has none of that. Their violent response shows that the cartoons are true. As AOW points out, the riots woke up many people. They were widespread.

Fatwas are becoming as meaningless as college degress ... everyone has one and one doesn't have to do much to get them anymore.

4/5/06, 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very astute observation all around. Wish I had something to contribute.

A posse ad esse


4/5/06, 1:54 PM  

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