Monday, February 06, 2006

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Old Europe's Tolerance of the Intolerant -- Has It Reached the Tipping Point?

For months now I have been following the dhimmitude struggles in Old Europe: the murder of the Dutch filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh, the lawlessness in the French "no go" zones in the banlieus, the banning of Piglet figurines from office cubicles by the Dudley Council in West Midlands, just to name a few. Old Europe's continued tolerance of the Intolerant has seemed unbelievable to me.

AND I find no substantial reporting of this in the MSM. I follow this on the blogs. Only blogs- Citizen Journalists, if you will - seem willing to ask hard questions, like: Why would Europe put up with this? How can they stand by while their freedoms and governmental authorities are undermined?

Yesterday, newspapers in France and Germany joined the paper in Denmark by publishing the tame and innocuous cartoons which have caused such distress in the Muslim community. Today, the editor of the French newspaper has been fired and violent threats are made in Gaza.

I think Old Europe just reached the tipping point. The point where it can no longer ignore the obvious: that freedom is not free, and that they are personally going to have to fight for it. For some time now much of Old Europe has been slumbering under the illusion that American men and women could and would do all the heavy lifting, sacrificing both life and treasure, while they stood idly by, criticizing or on holiday. But something changed yesterday when French and German newspapers decided to publish the cartoons. I think Old Europe is now engaged and I don't think there will be any turning back.

When will the MSM take note?