Sunday, February 04, 2007

Articles and Bricks

Today we have word of growing threats of a wave of beheadings across Britain, or even a Belsan-style seige. Some Brits may be taking comfort from this piece in the Times (UK), We're Far Too Nice to Muslim Extremists. That's all well and good but I think perhaps the time for tough articles may be coming to an end. What should a society do when threatened by violent extremists? Here are some insightful words from, of all people, Woody Allen. From Manhattan:

IKE (Allen): Has anybody read that the Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey, you know? I read this in the newspaper. (Waving his fist) We should go down there, get some guys together, you know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to 'em.

JERRY: There was this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op-Ed page of the Times. It was devastating.

IKE: W-e-e-ell, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point down there.

HELEN: Oh, but really biting satire is always better than physical force.

IKE: But true physical force is always better with Nazis, uh ... because it's hard to satirize a guy with shiny boots on.

Replace 'shiny boots' with some other relevant article of politicized clothing and I can imagine this same conversation occurring all over the UK. I'll leave any interpretations to the readers.

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