Who is right?

What do you think?

HUGH HEWITT: On this show yesterday, Lindsey Graham said this is a religious war. I’m glad someone finally said it. It’s not a war with Islam, but it’s a war with a portion of Islam, both Sunni and Shiia.

MARK STEYN: Yes, and I think it’s at war with a culture that basically does not have the spirit of liberty and the spirit of intellectual inquiry. So you can come up with the most devastating, witty, trenchant argument, and the other fellow is just going to reach for the scimitar and slice your head off. And that calls into question, I think it does call into question as to whether Europe, in allowing Islam to nest within Western pluralistic democracies, has actually placed an existential question over its future. That’s a real question for France today.

Dr. Qanta Ahmed:

“It’s time for the United States, western democracies, Britain, France to admit that we are under siege by an ideology called Islamism. All Islamists are Muslim, that’s very important. All Islamists are Muslim, I am a Muslim to tell you that so this ideology is emerging from Muslims but is a hijacking of our beliefs into a totalitarian political ideology. They seek to flout secular democracy.” Ahmed said. “The scenes of the photographs of Charlie Hebdo, the offices, look exactly like the scenes of classrooms in Peshawar. The war is on education, the war is on free speech and by not naming it in our country or in France as Islamism, we’re enabling these kinds of actions. … Islamists thrive if we’re too careful to tread because we’re afraid of Islamaphobia.”

David Goldman:

The means by which France could defeat the terrorists are obvious: To compel the majority of French Muslims to turn against the terrorists, the French authorities would have to make them fear the French state more than they fear the terrorists. That is a nasty business involving large numbers of deportations, revocation of French citizenship, and other threats that inevitably would affect many individuals with no direct connection to terrorism. In the short term it would lead to more radicalization. The whole project of integration as an antidote to radicalism would go down the drain. The effort would be costly, but ultimately it would succeed: most French Muslims simply want to stay in France and earn a living.”

French President Francois Hollande:

The terror suspects “have nothing do with the Muslim religion.”

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Who is right?

  1. Pierre F. says:

    Hollande the traitor? No chance. Goldman makes sense, but not even Marine would be game – “Marine Le Pen, has asked French President Francois Hollande to suspend the visa-free Schengen Area in Europe and strip dual nationals of their French citizenship if they carry out “barbaric crimes.”
    It would be a good start. We can dream and sip calvados while it is allowed.

  2. M. says:

    We are in a bad place in the war on terror. Even the language is misused. Terror is a tactic and war should be conducted against a minority (hundreds of millions) of Mohammedans that want to go back to dark ages. Defeating them by any means is paramount to our future. Unless they reform their violent views this will be a continuous threat to civilization.

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