Bombing Mecca to revenge the acts of maniacs is like nuking the Vatican to protest the pedophilia scandal in Boston. The idea appeals to those whose nuanced study of Islam makes them conclude it’s better to alienate one billion people than defeat a fraction of the same group. It appeals to those who believe that Islam is a metal shard that cannot be absorbed and must be removed, preferably by blowing up the body. And burying the remains in pig skins! That’ll learn ‘em! It’s the mirror image of the PC conceit that holds Islam blameless for the terrorists who act in its name, as if there’s nothing in the Qu’ran but sweetness and light towards the infidel. Both groups are wrong; both groups’ misapprehension of the situation will get the rest of us killed.Read the screed here.
He's got a point. When idiots like Tancredo and Michael Moore spout off and their noxious utterings are broadcast widely they make the world a lot more difficult for sane folk. When they say stupid and harmful things they must be challenged, and challenged effectively. Kudos to Lileks for speaking out against those who would make Gnat's world a more dangerous place.