Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Ghosts of Charlie Hebdo

Mark Steyn is politically much further to the right than I am, but his anniversary column (The Ghosts of Charlie Hebdo) on the Charlie Hebdo massacre says what needs to be said:

Without free speech, there are only the official lies---about who's killing Jews in Copenhagen, who's sexually assaulting women in Cologne---and there is nothing to say in response to either except to crank up the old joanna for one more chorus of "Imagine".

What happened on January 7th 2015 was terrible. But our response to it made it more terrible and emboldened civilization's enemies. With respect to the late Charb, the choice is not between dying standing up or living on our knees---for those who choose to live on their knees will die there, too, cringing and craven. As I said a year ago:

The weepy passive candlelight vigils---the maudlin faux tears and the Smug Moral Preening overdose---aren't enough. If you don't want to put out the fire, it will burn your world to the ground.

Rob's comment: The question is, Why is the right so much better at understanding Islamic fascism than the center and the left?

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