To be or not to be

Sunday, February 05, 2006
That is the question Mark Steyn poses for the Danes and perhaps the rest of the civilized world as well. An excerpt:

I long ago lost count of the number of times I've switched on the TV and seen crazy guys jumping up and down in the street, torching the Stars and Stripes and yelling ''Death to the Great Satan!'' Or torching the Union Jack and yelling ''Death to the Original If Now Somewhat Arthritic And Semi-Retired Satan!'' But I never thought I'd switch on the TV and see the excitable young lads jumping up and down in Jakarta, Lahore, Aden, Hebron, etc., etc., torching the flag of Denmark.

Denmark! Even if you were overcome with a sudden urge to burn the Danish flag, where do you get one in a hurry in Gaza? Well, OK, that's easy: the nearest European Union Humanitarian Aid and Intifada-Funding Branch Office. But where do you get one in an obscure town on the Punjabi plain on a Thursday afternoon? If I had a sudden yen to burn the Yemeni or Sudanese flag on my village green, I haven't a clue how I'd get hold of one in this part of New Hampshire. Say what you like about the Islamic world, but they show tremendous initiative and energy and inventiveness, at least when it comes to threatening death to the infidels every 48 hours for one perceived offense or another. If only it could be channeled into, say, a small software company, what an economy they'd have.

Meanwhile, back in Copenhagen, the Danes are a little bewildered to find that this time it's plucky little Denmark who's caught the eye of the nutters. Last year, a newspaper called Jyllands-Posten published several cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, whose physical representation in art is forbidden by Islam. The cartoons aren't particularly good and they were intended to be provocative. But they had a serious point. Before coming to that, we should note that in the Western world "artists"
"provoke" with the same numbing regularity as young Muslim men light up other countries' flags. When Tony-winning author Terence McNally writes a Broadway play in which Jesus has gay sex with Judas, the New York Times and Co. rush to garland him with praise for how "brave" and "challenging" he is. The rule for "brave" "transgressive" "artists" is a simple one: If you're going to be provocative, it's best to do it with people who can't be provoked.

Thus, NBC is celebrating Easter this year with a special edition of the gay sitcom "Will & Grace," in which a Christian conservative cooking-show host, played by the popular singing slattern Britney Spears, offers seasonal recipes -- "Cruci-fixin's." On the other hand, the same network, in its coverage of the global riots over the Danish cartoons, has declined to show any of the offending artwork out of "respect" for the Muslim faith.

Which means out of respect for their ability to locate the executive vice president's home in the suburbs and firebomb his garage.

Read it all.

In fact I wonder what would happen if someone made a movie about the Prophet and portrayed him as a paranoid scizophrenic with a compulsion to have sex with little girls.... but then again we know what would happen, don't we?


David Thomson said...

“And maybe he even admires the "sensitivity" of the increasing numbers of Dutch people who dislike the pervasive fear and tension in certain parts of the Netherlands and so have emigrated to Canada and New Zealand.”

I suspect that this is also true for the French. Why remain in Old Europe if you can opt for a safer area of the world? It is my guess that the best and brightest are leaving in droves. This is especially true if they are Jewish.

Countries like France and Denmark have huge populations of unassimilated Muslim youths. There are roughly sixty million people living in France. Ten percent of them are Muslims. The odds are at least half of them are under the age of thirty---and a quarter are males. Think about that for a second. Perhaps one in thirty French residents are young men of Islamic origins. Isn’t that a scary thought? Wouldn’t you be more likely to emigrate?

terrye said...


I think there just might be some of those folks that will not leave their country anymore than you or I would leave ours.

Look at history, the Europeans have shown they know how to fight. The question is, will they?

David Thomson said...

“I think there just might be some of those folks that will not leave their country anymore than you or I would leave ours.”

Agreed. However, when will it reach the point point where the emigration of the best and brightest causes irreparable damage to France’s economy?

terrye said...


France is still there and so is their culture.

In WW1 they lost a generation to war. In the black death they lost almost half the population to disease.

So goes their history. In truth Joan of Arc was thought to be a messenger of God sent to save France in her darkest hour. And maybe she did. France has had many dark hours and she is still there.

It should be remembered that the Franks stopped the invading Muslims in 792 and they just might do it again.

I don't think all the best and brightest are leaving France. I am sure that even as people leave, there are just as many determined to stay. But France does need to wake up.

David Thomson said...

“I don't think all the best and brightest are leaving France.”

Some of the best and brightest have actually been leaving France long before the threat of Islamic violence. The country’s socialist polices have discouraged a number of people from staying. Also, I am not talking about large number of emigrants. A mere one out of three hundred citizens may be sufficient to cause enormous economic damage.

It is bad enough when your country is compelled to fight a foreign nation. In France’s situation, it’s greatest threat reside within its own borders. Sometimes these thugs live only a few miles from one’s front door!

Knucklehead said...

Not that I have much faith that Time has a clue what they are talking about but, from Time Europe, here is How To Plug Europe's Brain Drain".

Europe's best and brightest scientific minds are leaving in droves for the U.S. — and billions of euros and thousands of jobs are at stake. Here's how Europe is trying to lure them back.