Today’s “Outlook” section of the Washington Post has two most interesting articles. One, by Robin Sheperd, details the submission of the BBC, the Manchester Guardian, and other arbiters of opinion to anti-liberal Islamic radicals who brook no criticism of their agenda of killing Jews, Christians, Hindus, atheists, homosexuals, uncovered women, Islamic apostates, Americans, and anyone else whom they consider ungodly.
In contrast to the attitude of most European (and American) intellectuals, who are unwilling to defend the freedom they enjoy, Adnan Pachachi, a distinguished Iraqi diplomat who returned to his country after 35 years of exile to become a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, courageously asserted,
“We are trying to do something in Iraq which is quite new for the region and that’s why people are rather doubtful that we can succeed, that it is somehow against the whole culture — which is, of course, nonsense. I don’t think that democracy and supremacy of law are the possession of only the Western countries, the Western people, no.
People forget that France was ruled by absolute monarchs for almost a thousand years, so you can’t say the French and the Europeans and the Americans are somehow fit for democracy, but the people of our region are not.
You see, these values are universal. Values of freedom, democracy, of human rights, equality before the law, you know, all these things belong to the whole world.”
The BBC and others are afraid to assert the universal value of freedom and surrender when faced with renewed anti-Semitism, hate-mongering, violent attacks on the innocent, and a frontal assault on civilization itself. Contrast their willingness to surrender to the enemies of civilization with the courage of an 80 year old man who left comfort and safety to risk death in the service of the universal values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and equality before the law: “I’m nearing the end of my life, obviously, so if I can do something in the few years left, at least I will have done something that would make me happy and would feel that life can be useful sometimes.”