21 September 2006

Mild Mild West

    Two articles that should be read in tandem with one another: this one from the Washington Post, and this one from David Warren Online (link courtesy RK, whose translation of the Pope's controversial speech in Regensberg deserves attention and consideration).  As ever, the prattling palaver in the so-called West has shied away from the most important issues-- freedom of speech, freedom of thought-- in favour of tsking and clucking away about all the wrong ones (should he have quoted Manuel Paleologos, should he apologize et cetera).  I'm not sure which is worse, the West's cluelessness or its timorousness. To resurrect a phrase from an old friend, the Western world's case of cranial-glutimal ensconcement seems to have become terminal. 

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