US papers should not print Mohammed cartoons (but not for the reasons you might think)
There is plenty of debate in recent days about whether American newspapers should print the cartoons of Mohammed which sparked the past week's riots around the world.
In what might be a surprise to those who read me frequently, I say "no".
The reason is not because I am afraid of a Muslim uprising in the US, or demonstrations (even violent ones) against US embassies and businesses elsewhere. If that were my only consideration, I would say we should print away.
Instead, there are two main reasons for saying the US should stay out of the cartoon controversy:
1) We have troops in two Muslim countries where our work is already hard enough, and a big part of improving the situation depends on gaining the trust and assistance of locals. This is a strategically terrible time to annoy them.
2) We should not divert the attention of the hateful, violent islamofascists from Europe. This is not because we couldn't handle similar attention but because it is the European focus by the radicals which is our best chance for Europe to move closer to our position on dealing with radical Islam. Europeans are so prone to appeasement that it is only a threat of the most intense nature which gets or hold their attention. We should not lessen the intensity of the heat they now feel by attracting some of it toward us, regardless of our ability to take it, lest they lose their budding resolve.
So, while I like the idea of printing the cartoons to show "solidarity" with the European papers brave enough to print them, that is not enough benefit for the US to justify the negative ramifications for our troops and for finally getting the Europeans to realize that this is indeed World War IV.
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