I was reminded of something this morning as I thought about the loathing the secular world has for Christians compared to the fear and loathing it has for radical Muslims. Nope, it wasn’t a scripture, but a short bit of dialog from Star Wars, Episode 4 when the droids are playing holographic chess with Chewbacca.
When Chewie protests a legal move by R2, C-3PO responds:
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
Hmmm, was there ever a time in any of the six movies when C-3PO had a good idea? I mean, every time the
cowardly appeasing “protocol droid” suggested a course of action, or whined about someone else’s action, wasn’t it always 180 degrees opposite of what needed to be done?
That said, I’m not surprised at the U.S. State Department condemning the publication of the Mohammaed caricatures. As much as it might (might) support free speech, anything further stirring up emotions in the Mideast can’t be too helpful for the mission. Since Osama bin Laden endorses a truce, however, the concept must be acceptable to the faith. Therefore, let’s propose a truce: We’ll urge the Western media to stop using images of Mohammed (and all insensitivities to all faiths) if the Muslim media will stop producing dramatizations of the “Protcols of the Elders of Zion” and running editorial cartoons depicting Christians and Jews as devils.
Deal? I didn’t think so.
A very interesting chronology of this cartoon intifadeh over at Shot in the Dark.