Bloggers from the right side of the political spectrum have long been frustrated by what they perceive as biased reporting of the Mideast. Primarily due to their ideological differences with the Bush administration and the inclination to oppose all things that Bush stands for, the media has often played the role of Devil’s advocate on behalf of radical Islam. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” was a saying that embodied a moral relativism that permeated the mainstream media’s approach to Mideast reporting.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the gourmet cappucino bar. The media seems to have noticed that the front line of the Islamic cultural war may be on their own doorsteps. Perhaps the calls for the death of cartoon writers is just what the Western media needed to realize that one man’s terrorist is really just a terrorist – one who is driven by a belief system premised on hate and intolerance – and no matter how much our belief sytem is premised on equality and tolerance towards others, there is no way to justify or otherwise explain away the hate and intolerance of others.