Western Nations Should Not Tolerate Calls for the Murder of Their Citizens
By David Holcberg (Ottawa Citizen, February 28, 2006; Irish Independent, March 1, 2006)
Western nations should not tolerate calls for the murder of their citizens by men like the Pakistani imam and the minister from India who offered bounties for the assassination of Danish cartoonists. We are still paying for doing nothing in response to the 1989 fatwa Iran issued against Salman Rushdie and the translators and publishers of his book, "The Satanic Verses." Seventeen years later, hundreds of Western intellectuals and politicians live in hiding from Islamist threats to their lives and families.
To fulfill their responsibility to safeguard our freedom and security, our governments must make sure that the Islamists who threaten individuals for criticizing Islam do not get away with their threats. More fundamentally, our governments must end all state support of Islamic terrorism--including any support or toleration of those who incite violence and murder.