Friday, February 10, 2006

Krauthammer ~ Extremely hypocritical

Extremely hypocritical

Fake moderates instigate rioters in war over cartoons

As much of the Islamic world erupts in a studied frenzy over the Danish cartoons of Muhammed, there are voices of reason being heard on both sides.

Some Islamic leaders and organizations, while endorsing the demonstrators' sense of grievance and sharing their outrage, speak out against using violence as a vehicle of expression.

Their Western counterparts - intellectuals, including most of the major newspapers in the United States - are similarly balanced: While, of course, endorsing the principle of free expression, they criticize the Danish newspaper for abusing that right by publishing offensive cartoons, and declare themselves opposed, in the name of religious sensitivity, to doing the same.

God save us from the voices of reason.

What passes for moderation in the Islamic community - "I share your rage but don't torch that embassy" - is nothing of the sort. It is simply a cynical way to endorse the goals of the mob without endorsing its means. It is fraudulent because, while pretending to uphold the principle of religious sensitivity, it is only interested in this instance of religious insensitivity.