October 1, 2012
UNDERGROUND ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH: Ezra Levant writes:
A so-called journalist, a so-called American was bringing Muslim Brotherhood-style censorship to America. There’s no other way to describe defacing ads you disagree with. And she went further — spray-painting and pushing around someone who supported the ads and stood in front of them.
Eltahawy was charged with assault. But she hasn’t expressed regret or called it a lapse in judgment or professionalism or even sanity. She has embraced her darker, violent side.
In an Orwellian twist, she has rechristened her censorship free speech, calling her vandalism “protected speech” and her assault “non-violent disobedience.” Nope.
She boasts she’d do it again. Here is a privileged journalist with access to CNN and MSNBC to make her case to argue, to put her ideas forward. But she would rather stop other people from buying a little poster on a wall.
The poster didn’t call all Muslims savages. It didn’t even use the world Muslim. It didn’t even say who the savages were — other than jihadists against Israel. Eltahawy was outraged that Geller’s posters called terrorists “savages.” Why would that bother Eltahawy? Are al-Qaida not savages?
Back in 2005, Mark Steyn wrote that he had underestimated the pull of multiculturalism:
After 9/11, I assumed the internal contradictions of the rainbow coalition would be made plain — that a cult of “tolerance” would in the end founder against a demographic so cheerfully upfront in its intolerance. Instead, Islamic “militants” have become the highest repository of multicultural pieties. So you’re nice about gays and Native Americans? Big deal. Anyone can be tolerant of the tolerant, but tolerance of intolerance gives an even more intense shudder of pleasure to the multiculti masochists.
Related thoughts today from Andrew G. Bostom at PJM.
UPDATE: From Jim Treacher, a more traditional Orwellian use of spray painting: Not All Muslims make Ikea airbrush women out of catalog.