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Reader comment on item: Another Islamist Assault, Another Western Cringe

Submitted by sara (United States), Sep 13, 2012 at 17:38

First of all, the fact that no one has apologized to the American people for desecrating their flags, buildings and murdering their people is reprehensible.

Second, the fact that this administration focuses on appeasement and not offending sensibilities rather than defending American lives and American rights to free speech is more reprehensible.

We are not responsible for the fact that lunatics react with violence to clips of film made in democratic societies. We are not responsible for Muslim on Muslim deaths as a result of crazed riots against blasphemers and cartoon artists. They are responsible for their acts. If motivation was a crime in itself, we would have more prisoners than free men.

Why do westerners insist on blaming the writers and artists instead of the perpetrators of violence? It reminds me of the Muslim imams who blame the women who are raped for dressing too provocatively. How do they reconcile these two views?


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