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Not Turning The Other Cheek

Frustrated Christians in Nigeria have struck back:

Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there.

Expect the usual mindless platitudes from the usual suspects about the "cycle of violence." But as in Israel, such language indicates a symmetry that doesn't exist. The Islamists were rioting and killing people and burning chuches over cartoons. The Christians are rioting and killing people and burning mosques because they're finally, at long last, tired of the Islamists rioting and killing them, and burning their churches, and aren't going to take it any more.

If the Islamists really seek a war with the west, they should be careful what they wish for. Any time that they've had to seriously engage a motivated western military, they haven't done well.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 21, 2006 08:05 AM
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If you havent read it, I highly recommend Victor Davis Hanson's "Carnage and Culture," about that precise phenomenon (western societies' general reluctance to enter war, but overwhelming military superiority once they finally do).


Posted by Citizen Grim at February 21, 2006 04:51 PM

They also ran out of cultural energy not long after Tours. Could it be that violence and conquest is all they have?

Posted by Jon Jackson at February 21, 2006 11:08 PM

This isn't the first time Nigerian Muslims killed Nigerian Christians because of allegations of blaspheming Mohammed. And in neither case were the alleged blasphemers Nigerian Christians.

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at February 22, 2006 02:01 AM

To adapt an old, old joke:

Q: What do you call 5000 mullahs, ayatollahs and other assorted Muslim clerics at the bottom of the Atlantic?

A: A good start.

Posted by Ian Campbell at February 22, 2006 02:05 AM

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