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.
"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.