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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cartoon Dhimmitude at NYU

Those who disparage the publication of the Mohammed cartoons usually do so on two grounds. These two points directly contradict each other, but that is apparently an objection from another age.

1) The cartoons unfairly tar Islam itself as violent; most Muslims are peaceful.
2) The cartoons incite widespread Muslim violence.

The dhimmi administration at New York University chose to highlight the second argument yesterday. The NYU objectivist club held a panel discussion at which the cartoons were supposed to be unveiled. Two days before the event, the university informed the NYU objectivists that they must either close the event to outsiders or refrain from unveiling the cartoons. Vague references to security were made. I suppose that sounds better than "We collaborated with radical Muslims to squelch criticism of Islam."

But what were the security concerns? Even the most delusional leftist would be hard pressed to argue that people were going to see these cartoons and then go trash the local mosque. Clearly the concern was for violence against the event itself; the metal detectors at the doors should attest to that. So NYU is implicitly admitting that the religion of peace has a violence problem. Of course the first administrator to say that out loud would be fired within days, if not hours.

It only shows how important it is for every American to see and understand these cartoons.

Diana at Noodle Food has the best coverage of this whole sorry episode.

Update: A spokesman for NYU discussed the school's reasoning with Professor Volokh. It's astounding to see such weak-assed excuses:

(1) "NYU has to be concerned with its students' safety and well-being, which are among the factors that drove our decision in this matter."

(2) The decision was also based partly on NYU's "larger obligation as a university to the sensibilities of its students," many of whom are offended by the cartoons.

(3) As to the policy, "No-one's speech was curtailed." "If you read the policy, it talks about speakers' speech being curtailed, and to the best of my knowledge none of the speakers were the cartoons' authors."

As Volokh points out, by those standards NYU could ban the Koran.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Jailhouse Jihad

Palestinian terrorist Ahmed Saadat was in a Jericho prison until yesterday. He is believed to be the mastermind of the 2001 assassination of Rehavam Zeevi, Israel's Minister of Tourism.

I use the term "prison" extremely loosely. It seems that he had several TVs and telephones in his "cell". And a kitchen. And a reception area for visitors. There were also three British monitors at the prison, but they set up their command post on the roof, because it was too dangerous for them to be inside.

None of this was good enough for the Palestinians. The new Hamas government threatened to let Saadat go. That shows the main difference between Hamas and Fateh. Both are terrorist groups bent on destroying Israel, but Fateh was willing to dissemble, to pretend to negotiate, to "arrest" known terrorists. Hamas is more honest; it wears its genocidal hatred on its sleeve.

So the Israelis raided the prison, capturing Saadat. (The British monitors had left minutes earlier.) So let's check on the world reaction to the raid.

There's been no outrage over the phony detention of a terrorist, or the fact that he was probably being allowed to plan more attacks from his "cell". No hint of criticism for the intimidation of the monitors, or for Hamas's threat to release the terrorist.

But the world is pissed that the Israelis wouldn't just let the terrorist walk free.

The Palestinian President called the raid "an ugly crime which cannot be forgiven".

In the West Bank and Gaza strip, Palestinians went on the usual rampages.

Islamic Foreign Ministers called the raid an act of terrorism.

Several members of the EU parliament condemned the attack, on the grounds that this capture of a terrorist would be a blow to the peace process. Some peace process.