Over two and a half weeks ago the news broke that Muslims murdered journalist James Foley by beheading. The only mention in Iowa’s newspaper of record was twice in the USA Today section of the paper, that part not produced locally. I found that odd. You would think the Register would have registered swift and forceful outrage at the murder of one of their own. Especially as this was not the first time that Muslims had violated the sanctity of the press. It was a dozen years ago that Daniel Pearl had suffered the same fate. You’d think the Register would have sounded the alarm of the dire consequences, if the media were not able to do their job as the neutral observer of world events. Now, September 7, the Register finally comments on the brutal murder in a column by Rekha Basu.
The Register’s proposed solution? Appeasement. “Tempting as it may be to to avenge such hideous killings (the word is ‘murder’, Rekha) as Sotloff’s and Foley’s, a military response would likely leave the wrong people hurt, or helped. Best Strategy? Uphold our ethical values and work with allies to pursue peace and strip them of a cause.”
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
[François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)