January 12, 2015
Will Western Leaders Really Encourage Free Speech?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is adamant. In the wake of the brutal massacre of the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on Wednesday, he referred to the media rights exercised by the satirical French magazine as “not just a pen, but a pen that represents an instrument of freedom, not fear.” Well said, but does he believe it? In fact, do any of the Western leaders who stood up and condemned one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the history of Paris believe that – that when it comes to examinations of Islam, the West has a truly free press? Or even that it should have one? If their past conduct and views are any guide, the answer would be almost certainly no. President Barack Obama, for instance, thinks that there are certain criticisms that are out of bounds. In September 2012 at the United Nations and in the wake of his administration's assertion that the Benghazi attacks had been...(Read Full Article)