How Bullies Succeed

The Islamist intimidation of free expression in Europe, and the craven response of Europe’s and America’s elites, is already yielding results. A festival in Valencia, which has always been known for its anti-clerical satire, is now pulling its punches. Money quote from a Spanish artist:

"We saw what happened in Denmark. Those artists may have had the freedom to draw Mohammed, but now they’re living as virtual prisoners. They have much less freedom than before. I felt responsible not just as an artist, but as a citizen of this city."

And so the silence spreads. The genius of using the threat of violence against writers and artists is that it can work quietly. We will never know what might have been said or written without the threat. That’s how they keep their doctrines intact. By silencing the questions. By killing the questioners.