Words of Destruction
One of the foundations of a democratic and free society is an atmosphere that encourages people to speak freely. A society that intimidates dissident voices into silence can never be a free society.
It has been argued that the right to free speech is not the right to kill people with words. Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater will cause a stampede and people will die. Words that kill cannot be allowed in a society that respects human life.
There is another way in which words can kill. If there is a fire in a crowded theater and someone tells the frightened crowd that they should ignore the fire alarms, that they have nothing to fear and that they should stay in their seats and continue to enjoy the show. The person who falsely tranquilizes the crowd is burning those people to death with his words. Calming the crowd in such a situation is an act of murder.
The Western world is the crowded theater of our parable and radical Islam is the fire that threatens to burn the theater with all the people inside it. There are people who risk their lives to inform the Western world of the danger that they face but the vast majority of the media outlets are engaged in an opposite effort. The mainstream media seeks to downplay the ideology of terrorists and make it appear that acts of murder are politically motivated or that they are acts of deranged individuals.
The ideology of radical Islam which encourages the killing of innocent civilians is evil and deserves no respect. Those people who are in the crosshairs of radical Islam’s anger have the right to be warned and informed. Those who are raising the alarm and spreading the truth about this evil ideology are serving the people of Western civilization. While those who attempt to disassociate the declared ideology of the terrorists from the acts of terror are aiding and abetting radical Islam in its murderous quest for world domination.
The various personalities of the mainstream media do not see themselves as tools in the hands of murderers. They see themselves as noble individuals who stand for political correctness. These men and women do not want to offend the feeling of moderate Muslims who do not share in the brutal fanaticism of the radical Islamists.
As noble as these sentiments are they still do not justify the act of blinding the Western world to the danger that it faces. Falsely pacifying the potential victims of radical Islam is murder, violating the norms of political correctness and offending the feelings of peaceful people are not relevant factors in this equation. These journalists are like people who silence the fire-alarms in a burning building because someone may needlessly be awakened from their innocent sleep.
The greatest threat facing Western civilization is the threat of radical Islam. The people of the Western world need to be able to speak openly about this threat to their very existence. Those people who attempt to impose limits on this conversation are committing murder with their words.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal