Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ragheads, Dhimmitude and the survival of Western Civilization

A "raghead" comment from Ann Coulter has generated controversy over the past few days, as even conservatives have distanced themselves from this word.

But before we take the safe road, we should remember the broader context of this statement and this struggle.

In the past few months, we have seen muslim rioters nearly bring Paris and other European cities to their knees. At the same time, western "journalists" would not identify the rioters' religion (even referring to them as "African-Americans" ).

We have seen Islamic mullahs create a controversy and spark riots over harmless Danish cartoons. For the most part, western governments condemned the cartoons while western "journalists" refused to show the cartoons for fear of offending the rioters and Islamists.

This fear was the object and goal of the riots. The Islamists have forced the west to submit to the will of Allah. The word for this submission is Dhimmitude, and it is a much more frightening word than "Raghead":
This is the lesson of Cartoon Rage 2006, a cultural nuke set off by an Islamic chain reaction to those 12 cartoons of Muhammad appearing in a Danish newspaper. We have watched the Muslim meltdown with shocked attention, but there is little recognition that its poisonous fallout is fear. Fear in the State Department, which, like Islam, called the cartoons unacceptable. Fear in Whitehall, which did the same. Fear in the Vatican, which did the same. And fear in the media, which have failed, with few, few exceptions, to reprint or show the images. With only a small roll of brave journals, mainly in Europe, to salute, we have seen the proud Western tradition of a free press bow its head and submit to an Islamic law against depictions of Muhammad. That's dhimmitude.
Read all of Diana West's column.

The terrorists become successful not merely by blowing up buildings or crashing airplanes or attacking internet sites. The terrorists win when we cower in fear. The terrorists win when Katie Couric's teleprompter refuses to identify the religion of those who burn Paris, much like frightened witnesses who refuse to talk to police for fear of gang reprisal.

Most importantly, the terrorists win when western newspapers and networks refuse to publish cartoons because they fear Islam.

The cowering of the MSM/DNC in recent days will only create more such attacks in the future. As the West runs in fear, Islam advances.

But the news is not all bad.

Victory has never been so easy, yet so elusive. We need only show the world that we do not fear the Islamist rioters or terrorists. Blogbursts such as this one can destroy the dhimmitude created by years of MSM/DNC cowering. By showing that we are not afraid, we rob Islam of its chief weapon.

That is where the word "raghead" comes into play. When an American uses such an unequivocal word as "raghead", it shows the world that we are not afraid. It shows the Islamists that we will not submit. We can thumb our nose at Muhammed and Allah and survive and prosper. The word itself disproves the myth of inevitability that the Islamists have worked so hard to create.

It may very well be that our own survival depends on our ability to use the word "raghead" with impunity. A society that says "raghead" will never cower before Islamic extremists.

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