Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson: Sobering

From today's Opinion Journal:

Just imagine in our present year, 2006: plan an opera in today's Germany, and then shut it down. Again, this surrender was not done last month by the Nazis, the Communists, or kings, but by the producers themselves in simple fear of Islamic fanatics who objected to purported bad taste. Or write a novel deemed unflattering to the Prophet Mohammed. That is what did Salman Rushdie did, and for his daring, he faced years of solitude, ostracism, and death threats--and in the heart of Europe no less. Or compose a documentary film, as did the often obnoxious Theo Van Gogh, and you may well have your throat cut in "liberal" Holland. Or better yet, sketch a simple cartoon in postmodern Denmark of legendary easy tolerance, and then go into hiding to save yourself from the gruesome fate of a Van Gogh. Or quote an ancient treatise, as did Pope Benedict, and then learn that all of Christendom may come under assault, and even the magnificent stones of the Vatican may offer no refuge--although their costumed Swiss Guard would prove a better bulwark than the European police. Or write a book critical of Islam, and then go into hiding in fear of your life, as did French philosophy teacher Robert Redeker.

It's one thing to be an alarmist, and quite another simply to be alarmed. I don't think enough of the people we trust to make policy and defend us are alarmed.


Blogger Mark said...

It seems our country has surrendered the ability think and act seriously. To think; from 1939-1941 England knew if they could just survive until the US entered the war they would prevail with our help and that no tyranny could survive against us.


Posted by Mark

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 6:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true, so very very true. 

Posted by carmalee Mitchell

Thursday, November 30, 2006 3:30:00 AM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...

An alarmist is someone who sees danger where it doesn't exist, like Chicken Little or the people in the 1970s warning of the impending Ice Age.

People who are alarmed by real dangers are rational. Victor Davis Hanson and Mark Steyn fit this category.

People who fail (or refuse) to see the danger that is staring them in the face are clueless at best, and at worst the ones in leadership are a menace.

Sadly, we have too many in Congress and the Media who fall in the third category. 

Posted by SkypPuppy

Thursday, November 30, 2006 7:55:00 AM  

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