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21st Century Savages Torch Embassies
Yes, let's call them what they are: savages, barbarians, animals. I am, of course, talking about the Muslims who torched the Norwegian embassy and the building holding the Danish one in a savage rage against freedom of speech (UPDATE: and now the Danish one in Beirut) -- in their continuing war against against civilization, modernity, and free countries around the globe:

Die Welt in Berlin, Germany, and France Soir in Paris, France, reprinted the cartoons, as did two weekly Jordanian newspapers, Shihan and Al-Mehwar.

Arrest warrants were issued Saturday for the editors of the Jordanian papers, according to Jordan's Petra News Agency. Shihan's editor, Jihad Momeni, a former member of the Jordanian Senate, was fired after publishing the cartoons.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said the publication of such images is a "crime that that cannot be justified under freedom of expression," Petra reported.

Freedom of expression? What a joke. Is there any such thing in any Muslim country? If so, where?

Come on, follow my example above. Let's start calling them (anyone who would harm any other person for their beliefs or free speech) for what they are: primitives, savages, barbarians, animals...(feel free to add your suggestions below). Properly naming something is the first step toward having any hope of combatting it.

Oh, but what about tolerance and love? I'll tolerate people who want to believe in god, Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy, or have some hallucination that I could some day become a place kicker (whatever that is) in the Super Bowl. The moment they draw a weapon or light a match to set some building on fire in the name of their beliefs is the moment my tolerance goes sour.

Posted by aalkon at February 5, 2006 10:06 AM

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I disagree about the savages part, because that's underestimating them. Savages don't know how to play the media the way these guys have been doing. Contemptible fucking assholes, sure. Savages, no.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at February 5, 2006 6:29 AM

JT, see Cavanaugh at Reason H&R. He suggests this may have been a mistake for the extremists. Comforting thought, even if it's not true....

Posted by: Crid at February 5, 2006 10:23 AM

What galls me about this is that George W. Bush can't say ten words about his foreign policy with out at least two of them being "freedom." Freedom-loving nations, defending freedom, and all that.

Earth to the Bush administration; this IS freedom. It's freedom of the press. And when the time came to defend it, you appeased those who try to take it away with threats, violence, and murder. Good job, guys, you've just empowered the people your military is trying to take down.

Posted by: Gary at February 6, 2006 1:26 AM

Ash: Now listen up, you primitive screwheads. See this? This... is my boomstick! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You *got* that?

Posted by: Fritz at February 6, 2006 10:58 AM

> Freedom-loving nations, defending
> freedom, and all that.

Presidents have had worse obsessions.

All we have to do is hold him to his own rhetoric. Good luck....

Posted by: Crid at February 6, 2006 7:40 PM

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