Hugh Hewitt has kindly devoted three hours of his radio show to my new book, which is very gracious of him. The first two, last Monday, were mostly about the lighter stuff, and it was so enjoyable I thought we'd provide some accompanying audio entertainment. But then an Islamic barbarian decided to go rampaging around Ottawa, and so Hugh's final hour on my book dealt with Islam, foreign policy et al, and was titled "The Serious Side of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn" - which sounds like the sort of title you get when a comic makes an LP of ballads: "The Mellow Side of Jerry Lewis", "The Intimate Side of Peewee Herman".
Anyway, in this case it was deadly serious. I was angry about what happened, and I'm still angry:
I do not want a world that is built to accommodate these people. In other words, I don't want us to change to deal with the fact that we have lunatics who have got this kind of ideological Ebola in their bloodstream, and who want to pump bullets into a corporal from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, because he's standing in front of the Canadian War Memorial, and they want to destroy all that that represents. The price we're being asked to pay is too high. I want to kill that ideology. It is an ideological Ebola, and we have got to eradicate it. And I'm not interested in more detectors and more rules and taking my shoes off and taking my underwear off and taking everything off and shuffling like a zombie through ever-longer security lines because we don't have the guts to deal with it.
Hugh walked me through many different passages of my book dealing with the various faces of Islam, but I was glad he brought up this one in particular:
HUGH HEWITT: There is a piece in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, "There Is No More Molly", which is very, very chilling. "Too many people in the free world have internalized Islam's view of them." You point out that there's a brand new copy of the Koran in every cell hung in surgical masks, and that our crazy pastors in Florida get batted about, and well and good for that, but that General Petraeus never said a word about the "rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pashtun men in Kandahar." In other words, we unilaterally surrendered in the war against the Ebola ideology even as we were crushing their fighters for ten years.
MARK STEYN: Yeah, and that title, "There Is No More Molly", is a reference to a cartoonist I had some correspondence with there at the time ...a very liberal, leftist woman, I think she's in Oregon or Washington State. She's not there anymore. Nobody knows where she is. The FBI changed her identity and put her in the witness protection program. And quite by accident, not because she's been doing it for years like me or Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Geert Wilders or anybody else, quite by accident she fell afoul of Islam and got death threats issued against her. And her alternative newspaper - for this impeccably liberal woman -simply announced, "There is no more Molly," and this cartoonist, Molly Norris, not a word has been heard from her since. She's disappeared. An American citizen's life has been erased, and she's gone into hiding, and she has ceased to exist because the crazy guys rampaging around Ottawa yesterday decided that they didn't want her doing cartoons anymore. And that liberal newspaper in Washington State or Oregon or wherever it was gave in and just said in this limp-wristed way, "There is no more Molly." And Obama, the man who stands up for the right for women to be put in lifelong body bags in Cairo, never said a word about the erasure of an American citizen, an American woman's entire life. He never said a word about it. And it's chilling to me. I think about Molly Norris. I wonder if she's still alive. I wonder if she's still in America. I wonder if she's fled to New Zealand or somewhere else. I think about this poor, liberal woman who discovered the hard way that when the chips are down, the liberal left isn't there for you.
HH: And you write, "The basic rule of life that is if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it, every time Muslims commit violence or threaten it, we reward them by capitulating. Indeed, Obama and Company are now telling Islam you don't have to kill anyone. You don't even have to threaten to kill anyone. We'll be your enforcers."
You can find the entire conversation with Hugh here.
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~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's currently Canada's Number One bestseller in "Literary Essays", whatever that means. But at any rate I'm outselling that loser Nietzsche.