Friday, September 21, 2012

The West Must Reject the "Spark and Fire" Metaphor for the Muslim World

This is a very short, but insightful piece from City Journal. 

It echos what other commentators have said about the Lybian murders not being "spontaneous".

The Danish cartoons should have indeed been a lesson on the myth of "spark and fire", but alas-the West, and in particular, our leftist elites refuse to learn the lesson.

A sample:

"The Western reaction is also familiar, particularly in its understanding of the Middle East as a bonfire waiting to happen and criticism of Islam as the spark that ignites it."

"Descriptions of the YouTube film (a trailer, actually) that “sparked protests in many Muslim countries”—as the New Yorker put it in a typical formulation—rely on this false metaphor. It suggests that the protests are spontaneous occurrences that would not have come about without such a spark, and that the demonstrating Muslims are primitive savages governed by passion, not responsible for their own actions. The only parties with control over their actions are the filmmakers."

In my view, it is both racist and preposterous to suggest that Muslims are not capable of controlling themselves.

But that is precisely what the apologists of the left would have you believe.