(First Things) George Weigel: No More Appeasement of Radical Islam

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The murder of more than 50 Catholics by jihadists during Sunday Mass in Baghdad on Oct. 31 is the latest in a series of outrages committed against Christians by Islamist fanatics throughout the world: Egypt, Gaza, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan and on the list goes. The timing of the attack on Baghdad’s Syriac Catholic cathedral was striking, however, for it came shortly after the conclusion in Rome of a special Synod on the Middle East. During the Synod, very little was said about Islamist persecution of Christians; indeed, every effort was bent to show the Catholic Church sympathetic to Muslim grievances, especially with regard to the politics of the Middle East.

This strategy of appeasement has always struck me as unwise. The al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists’ answer to the Synod—the Baghdad murders—has now proven the strategy deadly. Appeasement must stop.

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3 Comments
Posted November 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. James Manley wrote:

If only there was like an army or something like that there to stop them.

November 26, 5:59 pm | [comment link]
2. Capt. Father Warren wrote:

Appeasement is not good, but at least appeasement means you have looked at the reality of the situation and have actively chosen the appeasement route.

Switch to the US and except in isolated places, such atrocities are not even reported.  Meanwhile Islamic groups with questionable motives plow ahead with mosques, sharia compliance legislation efforts, and a massive, well-financed PR campaign.

November 26, 8:17 pm | [comment link]
3. lostdesert wrote:

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that he will be eaten last. 

Winston Churchill

November 27, 10:24 am | [comment link]
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