Gates of Vienna has been getting credit (and links) for something that was said in the comments last week by Minh-Duc from State of Flux. We reproduced his comments in a later post, but Minh-Duc deserves the credit for his escape from Communism and his love of his adopted country.
Minh-Duc’s words are succinct and moving, and only he could have been the author.
As it turned out, he expanded his comment into a post on his own blog, State of Flux:
The demands [for an apology for the Mohammed cartoons] suggest a few things about those who demanded them. By asking the government of Denmark and Norway to punish the cartoonist and their publishers, the demanders have absolutely no regard for individual liberty. By asking the government of Denmark and Norway to apologize for the offense of private citizen, they believe that the state and the individuals are one and the same – this is the central value of facism. By boycotting Danish and Norwegian products, they believe that one member of the collective can be punished for the action of the other. This is the very same attitude that result in the barbaric gang rape of Mukhtar Mai.
Let not pretend that they seek to redress an insult to their religion. It is a mere pretext. They seek nothing less than our submission – our unconditional surrender to their rule. To them I say “bring it on.” I will not submit. I will not surrender. I will not be a dhimmi. I did not escape Communism to live under Sharia. You are prepared to die for your religion. I am prepared to die for my freedom.
Take note of the name: Minh-Duc.
“You are prepared to die for your religion. I am prepared to die for my freedom.”
Only Patrick Henry could have said it any better. That Patrick Henry didn’t use the word “prepared” shows a more fiery attitude perhaps. The cool headed use of the word “prepared” suggests something far more determined and lethal.
More importantly, though, I have another take on the cartoon outrage. I don’t recall if I mentioned it last time, but basically it is this. With the disclosure that these cartoons showed up 1-2 months prior in a leading Egyptian newspaper, besides showing what a bunch of phoney hypocrites the leadership of the Organization of Islamic Countries really is, this also shows how desparate they are. IMO, they see they are losing in Iraq and Afganistan. Democracy is taking hold. So, the islamofascists band together to create this trumped up issue, complete with a complicit mainstream media, in a desparate bid to unify the Muslim world against the West. Even Muslims can eventually burn out on all that negativity. So, go ahead, keep stoking those fires until you find you have reduced your ability to fight on a continuous basis. Geniuses that you are.
These rampaging muslims I see demonstrating all over the world while demanding death to us infidels remind me of mindless lemmings. Friday afternoons they are instructed by their local neighborhood imams (their lemming leaders) exactly what slogans to scream, which nation’s flag to burn, and which embassy or church to burn or stone. Now, if we can just get all these ilamic lemmings to throw themselves off cliffs…!
I think PhilipinePhil has it about
right, the rampaging Muslims are
mindless lemmings but that is just
part of what this thing is about.
There is the other angle and it has
backfired badly. The attempt to
intimidate Denmark ( UNSC member
and head of the UN’s Counter Terror
Committee) in particular and Europe
in general has backfired. A Danish
poll out today shows the Danish
People’s Party ‘surging’. They are
the junior member of the government
that has led the charge against
The ‘multiculturalists’ and pro
Muslim ( hard left) in Europe has
been sent reeling.
Whether this political shift in
European ( world?) public opinion
will translate into a hardline on
Iran next month when the UNSC rules
on Irans violations of the NPT is
not clear. Governments in Europe
don’t always pay much attention to
Still the more the Muslims scream
and yell about these cartoons the
more everyone else sees them as
Islamomaniacs and whatever Syria
and Iran might ( might not gain) in
the shorterm, longterm the Muslim
world has really stepped in it over
I find Minh Duc quite determined. He would have been an ace on General Washington’s staff.