Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Over our inordinate fear of Islamism?

It was the 1970s all over again, unfortunately for American diplomats in Libya;

The attacks on US diplomatic compounds in Cairo and Benghazi that left the US ambassador dead are a reminder of two intractable problems.
The first is the difficulty facing two key Arab states which have overthrown their security apparatus – perhaps more will follow – as they try to re-establish security without the brutality on which they have depended in the past.
The second is a more profound culture clash, between Muslims who believe that their faith must be respected, even in non-Muslim countries, and the absolute western belief in free speech.
Irving Kristol is rolling over in his grave; Barack Obama and his State Dept have been mugged by reality.

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