I try and live beyond blame and accusation,
that is as near as I get to forgiveness these days.
So after some cartoonists were recently killed
by terrorists, young men maddened by fighting
wars that were fought for war's sake,
and a media that exceeded it's usual level
of self righteousness, I said nothing.
Between those armed with pen and gun
I could not tell which was the red rag, which the bull.
Conflict was inevitable and it seems surprisingly right
to say that bulls are swift to anger and colour-blind
-which aptly describes randomised aggression.
Western liberal values are built on weak laws
where when the word 'don't' appears
before the description of an action
then iconoclasm and contrariness ensures
that it will be done. Secularism means sanity.
Islamists who live in the west have
under the cloak of liberal choice imported
their customs en mass-polygamy and sharia law.
But they hold above all their laws the injunction
'do not portray The Prophet' whilst accepting,
reluctantly, that The Koran has in it verbal descriptions
of him that are impossible to match with each other.
Do Muslims really expect that western liberals
would submit to a line they insist cannot be crossed?
Not even on pain of death-through the surplus of arms
sold as contraband-being used against them?
If they did they misunderstood the nature of their acceptance.