Wednesday, October 25, 2006

On Enabling Present and Future Atrocities

Amy Welborn links to a John Allen piece. His title asks "In Regensburg's wake, is anyone worried about Christian outrage?"

I, for one, am somewhat concerned. Islamic atrocities against Christians and others are numerous, and one can write a lengthy book obituary for all the victims.

But despite the length of the diabolic litany of recent Islamic atrocities, I suspect an Islamic radical could counter with a few similarly selective readings of history: the Lebanese Catholic militia atrocities, the Baptist(yes, Baptist) terrorist group in India, Russian oppression in Chechnya, or the sometimes mutual mob violence in Islamic-Christian African countries.

Some have compared Western Christians' silence in the face of Muslim violence on our spiritual bretheren to pacifism in the aftermath of the brutal rape of one's sister.

However, I worry that such rhetoric ignores those of the "Christian West" who, in retaliation for such rapine, speculate openly about nuking Mecca and endorse with little criticism policies of torture.

Though we need to clarify some things, like the fact that the highest government official to entertain the idea of nuking Mecca was Rep. Tom Tancredo, a persona non grata in the White House, the Muslim world probably learns of such terrifying comments like us: filtered through an irresponsible sensationalist media without the benefit of such background.

If the US government ever launches a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike on a Muslim country, if US terrorist interrogation agencies become exposed as Inquisitorial horrors, our present opinions on the irredeemable evil of Islam will deservedly haunt us.

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