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Mark Steyn takes on Islamist kooks

Go read Mark Steyn’s latest column on Afghanistan citizen Abdul Rahman’s death sentence* for converting from Islam to Christianity. A few gems:

As always, we come back to the words of Osama bin Laden: ”When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.” That’s really the only issue: the Islamists know our side has tanks and planes, but they have will and faith, and they reckon in a long struggle that’s the better bet. Most prominent Western leaders sound way too eager to climb into the weak-horse suit and audition to play the rear end.

I can understand why the president and the secretary of state would rather deal with this through back-channels, private assurances from their Afghan counterparts, etc. But the public rhetoric is critical, too. At some point we have to face down a culture in which not only the mob in the street but the highest judges and academics talk like crazies.

They sure do talk like crazies, but they certainly are not crazy. And there are a lot of them.
* : Rahman has already been “freed” … sort of.