The Guardian and the Times take up the White Man’s Burden

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Afghanistan war, culture
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Looking at these stories I can’t help but think of this poem:

Take up the White Man’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed–
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child. Kipling 1899

What else can one think when you see headlines like this:

NYT:

Afghans Avenge Florida Koran Burning, Killing 12

Think about what that headline implies, AVENGE. Words mean things. AVENGE suggest a just retaliation for an act. This suggests that the New York Times finds their acts a legitimate response to the burning of a Koran.

Over at the Guardian they actually have a poll asking who is responsible for these actions and as of this moment 9:44 a.m. EST 46% of the respondents blame the killings on Terry Jones.

I don’t have a lot of respect for Jones but I wonder, would those same people who blame him for the killings blame the “artist” who put up the painting of Christ/Palin and Christ/monkey up if he was attacked by a violent Christian Cult?

What’s the bottom line, both the Times, and the Guardian have concluded that we can’t expect better from the people and those who are busy blaming Jones for these murders consider the Afghans inferiors “half devil and half child”. We CAN’T expect civilized behavior from such people.

How is such an attitude by these papers any different that Kipling’s?

I’m not outraged over the burning of the Koran, I’m outraged at the murder of innocent people and the Fatwa against an US citizen for free speech, and if you consider yourself civilized you should too.

Comments
  1. Matt says:

    I’ll add this to the Sunday Links post.

    I wonder if the lefties consider our union thugs “inferior,” and therefore cannot expect civilized behavior from them?

  2. DaMav says:

    What is really ripping the left on Jones is that he has neatly refuted the approach to islam of the elites. The basic concept they have been pushing is that the snake can be rendered harmless by bringing it offerings of food, water, and apologetics. Along comes Jones and in one act demonstrates that the snake will rear up and devour representatives from the very institution most sacred to the elites — the UN.

  3. Peg says:

    Peter, did you read “our friend” Charles Johnson’s post about this? I blogged about it today….

    http://moot.typepad.com/what_if/2011/04/free-speech-responsibility-and-murder.html

    I’m not surprised – but – amazing how selective people like this (Johnson) are in their outrage.

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  5. anon says:

    Say what you want about this guy (and there’s plenty of motive to question), he’s got a big brass pair. Not only does he put the blame for the killings squarely where it belongs, on the savages who actually did the killing, but now he’s going to Dearbornistan, MI to protest in front of the biggest mosque in the US.

    He may be an attention-seeking nut job and a poor representation of a Christian but I have to admire his old-fashioned, American-style pushback against the evil of Islam. I also applaud his boldness in calling it the way he sees it and not worrying about whether objectively evil people might be offended.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8423603/Pastor-Terry-Jones-I-may-put-Mohammed-on-trial.html