Posted by Dan Draney on February 9, 2006
There’s an excellent article today about the Danish Cartoon Intifada on OpinionJournal by Bernard-Henri Lévy. He concludes with an exhortation to support the moderate Muslims against the radicals:
The heart of this second triangle? First, the affirmation of principles. The affirmation of the press’s right to the expression of idiocies of its choosing–rather than the acts of repentance that too many leaders have resorted to, and which merely encourages in the Arab street the false and counterproductive illusion that a democratic state may exert power over its press.
And second, in the same breath, the reaffirmation of our support for those enlightened moderate Muslims who know that the honor of Islam is far more insulted, and trampled under foot, when Iraqi terrorists bomb a mosque in Baghdad, when Pakistani jihadists decapitate Daniel Pearl in the name of God and film their crime, or when an Algerian fundamentalist emir disembowels, while reciting the Quran, an Algerian woman whose only crime was to have dared show her beautiful face. Moderate Muslims are alone these days, and in their solitude they more than ever need to be acknowledged and hailed.