It has been so easy for so many in the West to miss the point of the Muhammad cartoon controversy. In the wake of the jihad attack on the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas in May, so many people who should have known better said, “Well, you deliberately provoked them. You poked them in the eye. You have the freedom of speech, yes, but you shouldn’t go around mocking other people’s religions.”
Very well, but the point of the event was not in the least to mock Islam or insult Muslims. The point was to say to the Islamic supremacist bullies who were killing people and threatening to kill more if they drew cartoons that we would not submit to violent intimidation. The point was to say that we would not enable, reward and encourage that violent intimidation by giving in to the bully. Everyone should have supported that — instead of handing the foes of free speech and free society yet another victory, which is what all too many people did.
Now Adel Daoud, accused of plotting jihad mass murder, is facing new accusations that he seriously injured a fellow inmate over a cartoon of Muhammad. This article doesn’t say whether the inmate drew one or simply approved of its being done, but it’s the same either way: Adel Daoud, by assaulting this man, demonstrates once again what’s at stake: either we submit before the Adel Daouds of the world, and say, “Please don’t hurt us, we won’t draw Muhammad anymore,” and thereby establish the principle that Islamic supremacists can get us to do what they want by means of threats and murder, or we stand in defiance of this evil.
It’s one or the other. There is, ultimately, no third choice.
“Chicago Terrorism Suspect Accused of Assaulting Inmate,” Associated Press, August 18, 2015:
A suburban Chicago man awaiting trial on terrorism charges has been indicted on charges of assaulting a fellow inmate at a federal jail in Chicago.
Adel Daoud appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday for an initial hearing in the new case. He faces five counts related to the alleged assault, including that he used a makeshift weapon and that the alleged victim was seriously injured.
Defense attorney Thomas Durkin told a judge that the alleged attack was prompted by Daoud’s anger over a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
Daoud has denied that he accepted a phony car bomb from an undercover FBI agent, parked it by a downtown Chicago bar and pressed a trigger. He’s also accused of trying to have that FBI agent killed following his arrest.