And those 60% are the vanguard of the death of the free West.
I don’t believe in burning the Qur’an. I believe in reading and understanding the Qur’an. But Terry Jones is not responsible by any rational measure for the murders in Afghanistan. Provocations are provocations, but we are in control of our reactions to those provocations. If someone called a freedom fighter an Islamophobic racist, the freedom fighter could try to reason with him — or he could kill him, or kill someone else — would then the person making the charge be responsible for the murders that the freedom fighter committed? Of course not. And Terry Jones is not responsible if Muslims choose to react with irrational violence over his burning of the Qur’an.
Western governments, meanwhile, should in the face of this irrational violence be defending the freedom of expression and explaining its importance. Instead, they will probably kowtow. Like the 60% of Britons voting for dhimmitude and self-censorship in this Guardian poll. Slaves choosing slavery.