Hat tip to Daily Caller
Daily Caller is featuring two articles that put all this Koran-burning in Afghanistan in clearer focus. The first describes how Iran's top ayatollahs are talking about bringing on that 12th imam.
And some of you are worried about Rick Santorum's religiosity?
At the last debate in Arizona, Ron Paul went on another one of his peace tangents by asking why, if we could talk to the Soviet Union in the face of their nuclear weapons, could we not talk down Iran?
Simple answer: The Soviets, with all their flaws, were rational people. They knew that a nuclear war would wipe them out as well as the US. The madmen who run Iran don't care. It's part of their master scheme. If more people had read Mein Kampf, perhaps Hitler would have been stopped around the time he re-occupied the Rhineland. Instead, we had to fight a world war that cost almost 60 million lives.
That brings me to the second article, which regards Charles Krauthammer's take on the Koran-burning apologies as riots and killings continue in Afghanistan.
Krauthammer was right. A local apology could have been sufficient for what was a mistake-even though those same Korans were being used to scrawl secret messages between prisoners. For the president to prostrate himself and send an emissary to apologize to a local mosque was excessive. Putting aside the killings that have resulted in Afghanistan, one should keep in mind that in that same country, as well as places like Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, etc, they don't accidentally burn Bibles. They burn churches and kill people of other religions-and not by accident. How many apologies are we aware of to the Christian world?
I am aware of none.
Similarly, I am unaware of apologies to the Baha'i faith when their followers in Iran and Egypt are persecuted. The Jews? Hell, they were driven out of these countries back in 1948. What happened to their synagogues? What happened to the synagogues when the last Jews left Gaza? Apologies?
I have said before and will say again; I don't agree with burning Korans. But when some knucklehead does it by design or it is done accidentally, it does not justify going on a rampage and committing murder.
Last Sunday at the Islamic Center of Orange County, I heard a lot of talk about a so-called wave of hate against American Muslims. Not one word was uttered-not one- about the wave of hate that sweeps throughout the Middle East and other nearby regions-a wave of hate that is killing people by the thousands. Here in America, we have set the example, with rare exceptions, when it comes to religious tolerance. We have precious little to apologize for. We have laws that punish perpetrators of violence.
I agree with Ron Paul in one respect. I am sick of having our troops laying down their lives to bring civilization to these parts of the world. Killing our enemies is fine, but dying for countries like Afghanistan is absurd. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, the coming clash with Iran is coming-in our own self-defense.