that we in the west need to understand how important the prophet is to them. We do understand, and we don't care; that's the point. We don't care now, and we are never going to care. Get used to it"
Found at Kevin's place
Ever see Khartoum? Not a bad movie, Charlton Heston as Gordon and Laurence Olivier as the current Mahdi. There's a scene about 2/3 through where Gordon has been to meet with Mahdi, and is a bit shocked. He's been thinking that Achmet was a con artist, using the beliefs of his followers to lead them for his own ends, but has realized that (near as I can remember the words) "His faith is as true and strong in him as mine is in me."
It's a powerful scene, and it makes me wonder about something: possibly a reason a lot of the clowns so trying to accomodate and ransom to the islamists do so is that they don't have any real beliefs themselves(other than socialism/communism/self-worship) and they truly cannot understand someone who does? They see the demonstrations and hate and killing as all for show, because- having no true down-in-their-soul beliefs themselves, they cannot comprehend someone who does, and thus cannot see the threat as actually real?