WASHINGTON, January 8, 2015 —The blood of murdered French journalists was not quite dry when Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times mused:
“In my travels from Mauritania to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan to Indonesia, extremist Muslims have shared with me their own deeply held false narratives of America as an oppressive state controlled by Zionists and determined to crush Islam. That’s an absurd caricature, and we should be wary ourselves of caricaturing a religion as diverse as Islam.”
It’s difficult for old leftists to abandon their Cold War moral equivalence arguments, like the one that insisted the United States and the Soviet Union were “two scorpions in a bottle.” The Soviet Union’s early alliance with Nazi Germany, they conveniently forget, enabled Hitler to launch a world war and the Holocaust. There was never any equivalent to Stalinism in America.
Islamic killers gunned down cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Whatever anger rose in the breasts of Jews and Christians who also found themselves on the receiving end of the magazine’s humor never managed to rise to the level of the Islamists who slaughtered the editor and his staff.
That’s because there is no moral equivalence, no ambiguity, no confusion — except in the minds of politically correct moral idiots like Kristof.
“Fanatical Muslims so often seem to murder in the name of God,” observed a puzzled Kristof, “from the 2004 Madrid train bombing that killed 191 people to the murder of hostages at a cafe in Sydney, Australia, last month.”
He failed to mention the incident that occurred a short 25-minute subway ride from the Times’ building: the World Trade Center attack, which occurred a mere three blocks from the planned Ground Zero Mosque — the proposed tower whose Muslim proponents insist will encourage “interfaith dialogue.”
The two massive fountains that fill the footprints where two of the world’s largest buildings once stood is testament to that dialogue. And the message from the Muslim side is clear: Submit.
“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees,” said the murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier. He refused to submit, and his cartoons expressed his contempt for his Islamic critics that sought to dictate limits on what he could think or draw.
Meanwhile, the Western media are pixelating the anti-Islamic cartoons that Charbonnier holds in photos accompanying his obituaries.
“None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images,” said an AP spokesman.
When a conservative journal noted that AP had artist Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” a photograph showing a crucifix submerged in a jar filled with urine, on its website for nearly three decades, the Associated Press pulled the image from its server.
The media fear Islam more than owning up to their pathetic hypocrisies and double standards.
They know that modern Christians are too secure in their beliefs to storm newsrooms and murder journalists in defense of their faith. But the ideology of moral equivalence must be obeyed. And so, the media equates Christianity with a 6th century religious ideology that shoots, rapes and beheads its victims.
It’s a form of self-censorship that, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, promotes the “retrogradation of reason and information.”
Political correctness is just another term for cowardice.