"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, February 10, 2006

Cartoon Protest a 21st Century INK-QUISITION

'"When medieval people used the word "inquisition," they were referring to a judicial technique, not an organization. There was , in fact, no such thing as "the Inquisition" in the sense of an impersonal organization with a chain of command. Instead there were "inquisitors of heretical depravity," individuals assigned by the pope to inquire into heresy in specific areas……'"

When people in the 21st century, trapped in a medieval mindset, manipulated by hatefilled, hypocritical imams protest violently about cartoons; people use the word "Ink-quisition."

'"In the early years of the 16th century, to combat the rising tide of religious unorthodoxy, the Pope gave Cardinal Ximinez of Spain leave to move without let or hindrance throughout the land, in a reign of violence, terror and torture that makes a smashing film.'"

During the "Ink-quisition," Iranian leadership thought they would reveal their hitherto unknown to the world dislike for Jews and called for an "International Cartoon Contest." This was in addition to their scholarly investigation of the myth of the Holocaust and seeing through on the promise of wiping Israel from the face of the planet. Recent insistance by the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that the country be allowed to continue research into nuclear energy for peaceful purposes has been cause for concern as oddly enough, some in the world community aren't to sure about the "peaceful" part.

In Beirut, verbally colorful Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, in his bid as 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, urged Muslims worldwide to keep demonstrating until there is an apology over the drawings and Europe passes laws forbidding insults to the prophet. He was also quoted as saying, “We will uphold the messenger of God not only by our voices but also by our blood." “Down with Islam's Enemies!”

Meanwhile, back in the U.K., "MAC spokesman Faiz Saddiqi said representatives from more than 650 British mosques wanted changes in legislation to give Muslims greater protection from racial hatred."

How will the West respond? Ask Victor Davis Hanson who wonders, "whether we in the West are going to be blown up or beheaded if we dare come out and support the right of an artist or newspaper to be occasionally crass." I dunno, things seem ok to me, only Time will tell.

Or ask Lee Harris, who has noticed a few people missing the point.

Comedy is not pretty.


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