Bibi and Barack Disagree?
But there's another category of things which also may be "better left unsaid." These are things which, regardless of their truth, can result in violence or even death,
This leads us to that questionable anti-Muslim You-tube video which precipitated the Middle Eastern riots which were the backdrop for the killing of our Ambassador to Libya by extremist Muslims. The motivation behind its being made still needs to be determined as does the identity of those individuals or groups which funded it. Clearly, however, it is the work of "Islamophobes" and is as offensive and scurrilous toward Muslims as is the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" toward Jews.
Nevertheless, there is no question that our Constitution protects the rights of whoever had produced and distributed the video in this country, regardless of their motives. But this was also true of the Danish cartoons mocking Mohammed, the Koran-burning minister in Florida and similar anti-Islamic rhetoric in the Netherlands which resulted in the assassination of a right wing film maker there a few years ago. I also recall that Salman Rushdie's 1968 novel, Satanic Verses, brought about a "fatwah" from the Iranian mullahs condemning him to death because of the way he dealt with Mohammed in the book.
For years, Rushdie lived in hiding in the United Kingdom, knowing that his life was in jeopardy. The right to speak your mind as provided by our First Amendment is not respected throughout the globe.
To what extent should a person stand on their rights and adhere to their beliefs and take a position which can put their life, and the lives of others, in danger? The boundary between courage and foolhardiness is a paper-thin one. These are universal questions, ones that were asked during the Inquisition, the American and French Revolutions, the Civil War and at almost all other important times in history. And if you dig deeply enough, the ultimate question is "What is worth dying for?"
It takes a lot of courage to stand for one's beliefs in the face of danger, but it also takes a lot of courage to have the wisdom to know that some things are "better left unsaid" because of the possible consequences of saying them.
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In the warped minds of people like Hannity and the gullible millions who watch him on TV, the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the killing of our Ambassador was thereby somehow indirectly attributable to President Obama. It takes an absence of courage to make such vile inferences, but I have not come to expect better from the Fox team of propagandists.
I urge you to spend some time watching Fox so that you may take note of the unbelievable way they address any issue whatsoever in a manner which reflects negatively on the President of the United States. Ya gottta see it to believe it! If you happen to have an airsickness bag around, keep it handy while watchng Fox.
Seatbelts and Building Codes
From the New York Times of September 10, here is a very interesting column by David Brooks. If it were written by a female columnist such as Maureen Dowd or Kathleen Parker, it would have less impact than it has coming from a man.
If she’s right, then men will have to be less like Achilles, imposing their will on the world, and more like Odysseus, the crafty, many-sided sojourner. They’ll have to acknowledge that they are strangers in a strange land.