Question of the day

As I was reading the president's words about the killings in Libya, an analogy occurred to me.

What would happen if a woman were raped and a government official responded, in part, "While we reject a woman's dressing provocatively, we must all unequivocally oppose this kind of senseless violence . . ."

I'll tell you what would happen: He'd be pilloried, and rightly so. It's been well established that in such a case, you do NOT blame the victim in any way, shape, or form. You don't blame anyone or anything except the attacker.

So what makes it acceptable for the president of the United States to respond to the killing of our ambassador and three others with "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants"?


Regardless of Mitt Romney's misstep this week, if people are paying any attention to not only the murders but also the angry anti-American demonstrations that have flared up in (as of this writing) 12 Muslim countries, it should be obvious that Obama's strategy-whatever it is--isn't making us any more respected or popular or safe.
What I would like to know is why does Obama think that would mollify Muslims? Would they respect a sheik that apologizes if his tribe is insulted?
Muslims have mastered the complex art of pleading that they are victims while being the no-holds-barred aggressor. In your analogy, Gina, it's like the rapist claiming that the victim was wholly at fault for provoking the attack.

Which, come to think of it, is exactly what rapists in Muslim countries do claim.

I'd like to re-read Rodney Stark's book "The Victory of Reason", to study the contrast between societies where law is based on reason (based in turn on a religion based on reason) versus societies where law is based on religion (particularly religion that claims to trump reason).
Actually that's not the question. That implies that the President is a neutral party.

The question is, what would be said if Michael Corleone said that if Mary was raped?

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