Friday, September 14, 2012

This Is The Type of Thinking You Need

There are two op-eds over at Israel Hayom:

Dror Eydar | An existential threat to the West
The madness of the Arab masses is their problem, but an attack on an American embassy as a result of freedom of expression — that is an attack on Western values.
Ruthie Blum | Surrender, American-style
Mass anti-American demonstrations are not merely common among fundamentalist Muslims; they are part and parcel of the concerted campaign to destroy the West.

From Eydar:

The leader of the free world issued a flaccid reaction, demonstrating the entire West's deep seated problem. What Obama said was, "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants." Take note: First he condemns the film, providing the killers with justification for their actions. The Arabs interpret this to mean that the U.S. leader is taking responsibility for the deed...

In 1972, Harold Glidden wrote an important article characterizing Arab culture as a "shame-oriented society," where honor is a top priority — not the law, not freedom, and not any other nonsense flaccid liberals like to use to mask situations that don't jive with their theories. Like other disillusioned intellectuals, Glidden was crucified by the political correctness brigade, but the recent events of the so-called Arab Spring prove his argument. The West needs to adopt a zero tolerance policy for these types of violent acts...

From Blum:

There has been speculation about whether the U.S. president will actually go through with what promises to be a groveling session with the Arab leader, since Morsi barely condemned the embassy attack. Furthermore, coming on the heels of Obama’s “inability” to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the same time period — due to the president’s scheduled appearance on “Letterman” — such a tête-à-tête might not go over so big with some swing voters. Personally, I’d wager the sum of the aid package that Obama is trying to convince Congress to heap on Morsi — and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is attempting to hand over without congressional approval — that Obama will keep the date. He’s just as adept at surrendering with his head held high as Carter...


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