Why the Left doesn't blame Muslims for Muslim violence
By Dennis Prager, Feb 28, 2006
There's a certain consistent pattern regarding the worldwide Left's
assessment of culpability for Muslim terror. It is the fault of the murdered.
The most recent example is the blaming of Denmark, or at least the Danish
newspaper, for publishing cartoons of Muhammad. From Kofi Annan to The New York
Times -- and the other American newspapers that declared respect for
religious symbols a new journalistic virtue -- liberal and leftist opinion always
condemns violent Muslim demonstrations, but always with a "but." The "but" is
that in the final analysis, it was the Danish and other European papers'
faults for insulting the Muslim prophet.
This is only the latest example of finding the victims of Islamic violence
responsible for that violence.
For a decade or more, it has been a given on the Left that Israel is to
blame for terror committed against Israelis by Palestinian Muslims (Palestinian
Christians don't engage in suicide terror). What else are the Palestinians
supposed to do? If they had Apache helicopters, the argument goes, they would
use them. But they don't, so they use the poor man's nuclear weapon -- suicide
The same argument is given to explain 9-11. Three thousand innocent
Americans were incinerated by Islamic terrorists because America has been meddling in
the Middle East so long. This was bound to happen. And, anyway, don't we
And when Muslim terrorists blew up Madrid trains, killing 191 people and
injuring 1,500 others, the Left in Spain and elsewhere blamed Spanish foreign
policy. After all, the Spanish government had sent troops into Iraq.
When largely Muslim rioters burned and looted for a month in France, who was
blamed? France, of course -- France doesn't know how to assimilate
immigrants, and, as the BBC reported on Nov. 5, 2005, "[Interior Minister Nicolas]
Sarkozy's much-quoted description of urban vandals as 'rabble' a few days before
the riots began is said by many to have already created tension." Calling
rabble "rabble" causes them to act like to rabble.
If you wish to test the thesis that the Left blames those blown up for being
blown up by Muslim terrorists, have your son or daughter at college ask some
liberal arts professors who is to blame for 9-11 or Muslim suicide bombers
in Israel, etc.
In fact, one way to describe the moral divide between conservatives and
liberals is whom they blame for acts of evil committed against innocent people,
especially when committed by non-whites and non-Westerners. Conservatives
blame the perpetrators, and liberals blame either the victims' group or the
We Americans are used to this. For decades, liberals have blamed violent
crime in America on racism and poverty, i.e., on American society far more than
on the murderers, rapists, arsonists and muggers themselves. Conservatives
blame the criminals.
During the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, black mobs murdered innocent
Korean shopkeepers and burned sections of the city. The liberal response in
America was virtually universal: We must understand the anger of these people at
American racism. The daily special section on the riots in the major local
newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, was titled, "Understanding the Rage."
Though Thomas Friedman, the New York Times foreign affairs correspondent,
has been among the few prominent liberals to support the Iraq War, he regularly
blames Islamic terror on unemployment in the Arab world.
Since examples of liberals refusing to blame criminals and terrorists for
their behavior are legion, let's try to figure out why this moral inversion is
Here are three hypotheses:
One is that liberals tend to blame outside forces for evil. This emanates
from the secular humanistic view of people as basically good -- and therefore
human evil must come not from the bad choices and bad values of the evildoer,
but from the unfortunate socioeconomic and other circumstances of the
The second explanation is that as you go further left on the political
spectrum, it becomes increasingly difficult to blame the "weak" for any atrocities
they commit. The Left does not divide the world between good and evil nearly
as much as it does between rich and poor, and between strong and weak.
Israel is stronger and richer, so Palestinian terror is excused. White America is
stronger and richer than black America, so black violence is excused. The
West is stronger and richer than the Muslim world, so Muslim violence is
And third, liberals tend to be afraid of the truly evil. That's why the
liberal newspapers of America refused to publish the Danish cartoons, probably
the most newsworthy cartoons ever drawn, but have never had any hesitance about
showing cartoons and photos that mock Jewish and Christian symbols.
Christians and Jews don't kill editors.
We don't know who will be the next target of Islamic or other murderers from
poor or non-Western or non-white groups. All we can know is that liberal and
leftist thought will find reasons to hold the targeted group largely
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