The New York Times will, in the name of freedom of the press, publish classified information designed to protect U.S. citizens from al Qaeda but will not publish the Islamic cartoons. Why? Because there will be no real reprisals against them from the Bush administration whereas Muslim militants will threaten them. Yes, today's liberals are cowards -- they are afraid of the enemy.
It is so easy to criticize America -- as do Al Gore, John Kerry, Clinton and Carter -- for nothing will happen to America's critics. They will be hailed as "courageous" among their peers. It takes courage to take on today's Islam that silences its critics by letting its critics know that while walking down 5th Avenue or West 43rd their throat could be slashed, as was done to Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam.
I guess it is easier to criticize your country and jeopardize its safety than to criticize Islamic barbarism since critics of today's Islam are called racists and Islamophobes, whereas liberals engaged in weakening American resolve and our very safety are labeled "civil liberties and human rights" activists. And, of course, criticizing serious Christian leaders has become an article of faith among the cultural liberal icons. No reprisals there.
These men live and die by political correctness. They are not men of principle, but social wimps. They are not leaders, but cowards -- craven. The liberal society in which these men and editors live has become perverted -- a reflection of inverted attitudes, a value system upside down.