Rape, acts of war, and countries of radical Islam
It occurs to me that we shouldn’t be surprised by Islamic extremists who are using this supposed “anti-Muhammad” film as an excuse to attack U.S. property, including embassies, consulate offices, and U.S. citizens, especially as we are near the tragic anniversary of 9/11. After all, these same extremists routinely demonstrate that they think it okay to rape and / or kill a woman who is not covered head to toe as if she were a leper. It’s disgusting.
On the other hand, I must applaud groups like the Niagara Foundation, who have taken a risk and taken a strong stand denouncing against these attacks. Because of possible retaliation against such “brothers” who may be viewed as “betraying their own” (so to speak), it is particularly important to lift them up for their courage.
So we have the radical Muslims showing that they have no mature or educated recourse against the film and are nothing more than what many Americans suspect. They then do what they know how to do, and that is to destroy or dehumanize whatever they see unfit for their world. Their world, by the way, could very accurately be described as one of extreme poverty, continual aggression, torture, abuse, extreme sexism, and 12th century economics. Allah must be rewarding them in the afterlife — what else could explain how radical Muslims live in such destitute conditions or deplorable disparity. This is the way of radical Islam though, and if you threaten it, you will pay the price — a price that can be bartered in the worst way, as it turns out.
All the while these radical Muslims prove the film’s stereotype to be true (even if we have some Muslims living peacefully and honorably). Aside from all of the anger and sadness stirred up by the horrible acts perpetrated against the U.S. and our people, like this murdered Navy Seal, it’s quite poetic actually, as the savages show their perverted behavior and violent ways to the world as if this was some sort of Quentin Tarantino movie. Sadly, it is all too real.
The fact is that the violence against US, carried out in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and who knows where it will occur next, are acts of war against the United States. These acts of war make a conservative like me wish for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or at least a JFK in the White House (Yes, Democrats). I would put economic policy arguments aside for a little while if we could have a unified United States sending a strong message that we will not tolerate this behavior. However, our current president pales in comparison and it is sadder than I can express. I didn’t hold this viewpoint initially (I wasn’t sure what to think), but it has now been reported that President Obama doesn’t even find it necessary to attend military intelligence briefings regularly, so one wonders if he is more devoted to athletic activity than meetings with the military. But that’s a topic for another day.
The brutal and grotesque attack on our Ambassador to Libya is completely inexcusable — with no exceptions – NONE — and though it may have been wise for the State Department to put out a statement that separates itself from the film’s perspective early on, this would have had to be done before the violence happened. Now that the violence happened, this is not the time to do ANYTHING but unify with the families who lost loved ones and to put an all out assault against anyone who acts violently against U.S. citizens. We are unified by citizenship, and not citizens of the world, for a reason.
The U.S. citizens exercising free speech to make a film that portrays Islam as some sort of perversion is not a crime. It’s definitely not punishable by death or violence. The same goes for films or plays that portray Jesus poorly (which there have been a few). It may be done in poor taste and may be detrimental for interfaith relations, but we must NEVER allow ourselves to be anything but strong in the face of this behavior.
If a young woman dresses suggestively and she gets raped or killed, should we not bite our tongues when assessing how she was dressed? Should we not hold our comments condemning her choices, even if she is in a country of radical Islam or a bad area of town? Should we not be more focused on our compassion and sorrow given her and her family’s loss? If those comments are to be made, shouldn’t they be made instructively before something happens?
Shouldn’t our president be sorrowful and outraged about this loss? Now that the loss has happened, doesn’t he help rationalize the activities perpetrated by radical Muslims when he and his administration apologize for the film? Doesn’t the president and his administration appear to admit that they played some part in the film? As far as I know, they had nothing to do with it, so why in the hell would we make postmortem comments showing an understanding or compassion for these murders, rapists, and vandals?
In any of these cases, we must hold ourselves to a better standard than the radical Muslims do as they are savages. Savages will behave savagely whether we make a film about Muhammad sexual immorality, western culture, or anything that they do not like or are jealous of.
This administration should not empathize with rapists. It’s pathetic.