Archive for July, 2005
Jeff Jarvis reports how Bernie Goldberg loses it on Donny Deutsch’s show.
Grant McCracken argues that the drop in crime rates in the 1990′s may have been related to the rise of rap in popular culture.
Bryan Caplan argues that the fools are the rulers:
In a democracy our rulers are older versions of the popular kids from high school. The only difference is that politicians are champions in the Olympics of popularity contests. They are painfully weak on substance, but have an amazing ability to make people like them. And if they have to choose between being right and being popular, they don’t think twice. They’re Olympians; their overriding priority is winning.
The London Express and Star writes that Londoners will not let the terrorists win by returning about their daily bussiness. Quote:
How frustrating it must be to the supporters and leaders of these terrorists – their plans to crush our spirit have come to nothing.
These desperate people live by fear and violence. It is their stock in trade, to terrorise by the threat of killing and maiming.
We are different. We are a peaceful people who hate violence. These terrorists made the mistake that our hatred of violence somehow makes us weak. They could not be more wrong. We hate violence because we have had to live through it so many times before. We fight back, we dig in and we overcome.
And we do not let the threat of violence dominate us or change us. We live our lives the way we choose, without letting terrorists dictate what we can and cannot do.
That is why millions of Londoners went back to work as normal.
They know what they are doing. Any of those questioned had the same answer: we can’t let the terrorists win.
We win by carrying on as normal. By living our lives in the freedom won by our parents, our grandparents and great-grandparents. Ordinary people who just got on with it.
These terrorists do no understand us and do not realise they cannot beat us.
They think that by bombing us they can force our Government to change its policies, and that they can turn us into the sort of frightened, huddled masses they dominate in their own countries.
They are wrong. And they have failed.
Utterly and completely.
Link via The Counterterrorism Blog
Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times on Friday that terrorism needs to be fought in Muslim communities.
Because there is no obvious target to retaliate against, and because there are not enough police to police every opening in an open society, either the Muslim world begins to really restrain, inhibit and denounce its own extremists – if it turns out that they are behind the London bombings – or the West is going to do it for them. And the West will do it in a rough, crude way – by simply shutting them out, denying them visas and making every Muslim in its midst guilty until proven innocent.
And because I think that would be a disaster, it is essential that the Muslim world wake up to the fact that it has a jihadist death cult in its midst. If it does not fight that death cult, that cancer, within its own body politic, it is going to infect Muslim-Western relations everywhere. Only the Muslim world can root out that death cult. It takes a village.
What do I mean? I mean that the greatest restraint on human behavior is never a policeman or a border guard. The greatest restraint on human behavior is what a culture and a religion deem shameful. It is what the village and its religious and political elders say is wrong or not allowed. Many people said Palestinian suicide bombing was the spontaneous reaction of frustrated Palestinian youth. But when Palestinians decided that it was in their interest to have a cease-fire with Israel, those bombings stopped cold. The village said enough was enough.
The Muslim village has been derelict in condemning the madness of jihadist attacks. When Salman Rushdie wrote a controversial novel involving the prophet Muhammad, he was sentenced to death by the leader of Iran. To this day – to this day – no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden.
Some Muslim leaders have taken up this challenge. This past week in Jordan, King Abdullah II hosted an impressive conference in Amman for moderate Muslim thinkers and clerics who want to take back their faith from those who have tried to hijack it. But this has to go further and wider.
The double-decker buses of London and the subways of Paris, as well as the covered markets of Riyadh, Bali and Cairo, will never be secure as long as the Muslim village and elders do not take on, delegitimize, condemn and isolate the extremists in their midst.
Among those bloggers who still support the war in Iraq a meme has developed objecting to the media calling those fighting against the United States in Iraq insurgents instead of terrorists. I don’t think the media is that far out of line using the word insurgents because the President used the word six times in his Iraq speech at Fort Bragg, acording to Jim Henley.
Happy 4th of July!