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Lump It. 
26th-Jun-2007 08:58 am
Inspiration
A phrase from my youth, given to those complaining about a problem: "Lump it." Meaning: Get over it, deal with it yourself, it's not worth my time.

The correct reaction to the Muslim street, in their perpetual hysteria?

Lump it.


Don't expect me to take your complaints seriously, or your threats. You have already demonstrated that you have no sense of proportion, no sense of the fitness of things, by the extremity of your reaction. I'm not your therapist. You need one. Put him on "danger money".

More to the point: if you expect me to take Islam seriously, stop working so hard to defame it, to defile it, to drag the name of Mohammed and Allah through the gutter. My reaction to such things is disgust, not engagement, not elevation. Try again.

UPDATE: Christopher Hitchens attempts to make the same point, but within the boundaries of his logical positivism (I suppose you have to do something when Trotsky fails. The good paragraph, courtesy of erudito:

This has to stop, and it has to stop right now. There can be no concession to sharia in the United States. When will we see someone detained, or even cautioned, for advocating the burning of books in the name of God? If the police are honestly interested in this sort of "hate crime," I can help them identify those who spent much of last year uttering physical threats against the republication in this country of some Danish cartoons. In default of impartial prosecution, we have to insist that Muslims take their chance of being upset, just as we who do not subscribe to their arrogant certainties are revolted every day by the hideous behavior of the parties of God.

It is often said that resistance to jihadism only increases the recruitment to it. For all I know, this commonplace observation could be true. But, if so, it must cut both ways. How about reminding the Islamists that, by their mad policy in Kashmir and elsewhere, they have made deadly enemies of a billion Indian Hindus? Is there no danger that the massacre of Iraqi and Lebanese Christians, or the threatened murder of all Jews, will cause an equal and opposite response? Most important of all, what will be said and done by those of us who take no side in filthy religious wars? The enemies of intolerance cannot be tolerant, or neutral, without inviting their own suicide. And the advocates and apologists of bigotry and censorship and suicide-assassination cannot be permitted to take shelter any longer under the umbrella of a pluralism that they openly seek to destroy.
Comments 
26th-Jun-2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Right. We need to start responding to the question "But how will the Muslim street take this?" with "Who cares?"
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