Froggy, who blogs at BlackFive, attended the funeral of Ty Woods, one of the former Navy SEALS who died trying to defend the consulate in Benghazi that State Department policy left completely exposed. Dorothy Woods, Ty’s widow, had the emotional strength to deliver a powerful eulogy for her husband. Froggy was especially struck by two things that she said:
“It is easy to write a book about being a Navy SEAL, but it is very hard to write an obituary for one.”
“To all the Operators here today I give you this charge: Rid the world of those savages. I’ll say it again, RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES!”
I won’t comment directly on what Dorothy Woods said, because I think it needs no comment. I will, however, pair it with a discussion of Pamela Gellar’s important Free Speech victory against the New York Transit Authority. It all started when Pamela Geller, who blogs at Atlas Shrugs, wanted to put up an add in the subway system:
Please study the ad carefully to confirm to your own satisfaction that says nothing about Islam or about Muslims generally. Instead, it asks that American citizens “defeat jihad,” which the paragraph above describes as the side of “the savage” in a way. Jihad is not a religion, it is not a race, and it is not a religious practitioner. It is a doctrine: it is a Holy War intended to kill or subjugate those whom the jihadists deem are “infidels.” It is about conquest, rapine, death, and slavery.
In the face of protests from Muslim groups (including CAIR), the subway system backed down on the ground that the ad was “demeaning.” PowerLine asks the right question: Demeaning to whom?
“Demeaning”? Again, demeaning toward whom? Jihadists. Are jihadists now some kind of protected class?
They are to those Muslims who understand that jihadists (coincidentally, I’m sure) all happen to profess the same faith. And one of their numbers was upset because, you know, even though his is a religion of peace, if you upset the jihadists, their co-religionists might have to get violent:
Abdul Yasar, a New York subway rider who considers himself an observant Muslim, said Geller’s ad was insensitive in an unsettling climate for Muslims.
“If you don’t want to see what happened in Libya and Egypt after the video — maybe not so strong here in America — you shouldn’t put this up,” Yasar said.
So, the ad doesn’t mention Muslims, but Muslims understand it to mean that they are savages, which they assure us they are not. Still if you don’t take down the ad, they will be forced into savagery — and it’s all your fault, you infidel!. Oooh, I’m so confused.
But aren’t they [the words] offensive only to jihadists, which is to say, mass murderers and their supporters? If you advocate mass murder, shouldn’t you expect to be offended? At a minimum?
Opponents say the ads imply that Muslims are savages.
But wait! Aren’t we constantly told that jihadists aren’t really Muslims? That Islam is staunchly opposed to terrorism? So how are all Muslims encompassed within the term “jihad”?
“We recognize the freedom of speech issues and her right to be a bigot and a racist,” said Muneer Awad, the executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But he said he hopes the MTA and elected officials “take on a leadership role in denouncing hate speech.”
So now jihadists are a race? I am so confused! And does CAIR really think that denouncing jihadists constitutes “hate speech?” If jihadists can’t be denounced, then who can be?
This is the sort of confusion that is, in its own way, clarifying.
Fortunately, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer managed to cut through the confusion in order to reach the correct conclusion: Pamela Gellar’s ad was protected Free Speech. The transit system must place her ads on its subway trains.
Dorothy Woods knows who the savages are. Pamela Geller knows who the savages are. And you and I know who the savages are. “RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES.”