CHARLOTTE, NC, January 11, 2015 – Suddenly the whole world is speaking French; at least three words anyway, “Je suis Charlie.
In the past, such words have been mostly just that…words. Until Sunday when 3 1/2 million people showed up in Paris to make their voices heard. Ironically in the U.S., the loudest voices are being heard from odd corners of the political spectrum.
Who would have thought, for example, that Canadian political commentator Mark Steyn would have high praise for his liberal atheist counterpart Bill Maher?
During an appearance with Sean Hannity Steyn applauded Maher for his courage in speaking out with condemnation for the terrorist attacks in Paris and their ties to Islam.
Unlike many, if not most liberals, Maher has been consistent in his rhetoric against “Islam“ itself rather than focusing upon “Islamic extremism.“ It’s a bold position to take in light of the fact that much of the media in the free world is cowering in fear because of the Charlie Hebdo incident.
As usual, Steyn got it right when he said, “interestingly enough the fellows all in Charlie Hebdo, are basically men of the left. They’re all basically all-time secular lefties who think you have the right to make the same jokes about Muslims that you make about Christians and Jews and everybody else. And the American left is not there for them.“
Except, of course, with token slogans such as “Je suis Charlie“ which are safe and have virtually no impact.
Steyn continued by slamming Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who are regarded as the kings of political satire in the U.S., by saying, “I’ll take these guys in France any day of the week. They’re doing what real satirists do, which is offending you and challenging you over the serious questions of the day. They’re not just doing lame old tired anti-Bush jokes a quarter century after he’s left office.“
“There were actually very few principled lefties out there speaking up for these poor beleagured guys over in Europe,“ added Steyn.
Consider Barack Obama’s now traditional tepid response to the events of early January,
“We have been in close touch with the French government throughout this tragedy. The moment that the outrageous attack took place, we directed all our law enforcement and counterintelligence operations to provide whatever support that our ally needs in confronting this challenge.“
Empty words again. Absolutely nothing of consequence as usual.
“We’re hopeful that the immediate threat is now resolved, but the French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant.“
In Obama-world everything is immediate. There is nothing else but the present. The problem has been resolved, time to hit the first tee.
Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT), former Navy Commander, had a better solution when he said, “America must remain vigilante.“ (emphasis added)
Zinke believes that the United States is every bit as prone to a similar attack because of Obama’s leadership or, more appropriately, lack thereof.
“When American doesn’t lead – and this administration is not leading,“said Zinke, “then it fuels and it gives hope to Islamic fundamentalists. It is appropriate to say Islamic fundamentalist, Islamic radicals because that’s what they are.“
“Actions speak louder than words, and the time for rhetoric has passed,” added Zinke.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who has never minced his words about Islamic terror, was even more vocal.
“One, you accept that you are in a war. Two, you name the enemy: Islamist terrorists. Three, you get the lawyers off the battlefield and out of the targeting cell. You accept there will be collateral damage and you do not apologize for it, (emphasis added) and you never, never, never send American troops into a war you don’t mean to win.”
Peters continued his boisterous assessment saying, “we have 2,000 years of recorded history of religious insurgencies, the only thing that has worked in 2,000 years is killing them. In a war you fight to win, you don’t worry about political correctness. The jihadis will do anything to win, and we’re worried about our table manners.”
Still the weak-kneed hide behind the idea that we can “negotiate” and that by “offending Muslims” we will make them “hate us even more.”
We continue to believe we can deal with a medieval mindset with 21st century concepts because we continue to seek solutions based upon the idea that we are dealing with “reasonable” people.
That we are NOT dealing with reasonable people should be obvious by now. Yet the most “unreasonable” are those who live in Barack Obama’s fantasy world where Islam is a religion of peace and terrorists are nothing more than bad people who have hijacked a great religion.
The editors at Charlie Hebdo believed otherwise, and paid for those beliefs with their lives.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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