Yes, I took a break from blogging, but am back with a link to an excellent piece by Christopher Hitchens on one of the latest attacks on free speech.
Having bullied the Danish newspaper Politiken into apologizing for publishing cartoons deemed offensive to Muslims, Saudi lawyer Ahmed Zaki Yamani is now trying to get other Scandinavian newspapers to fall in line. His threat: to sue them in the name of all the 94, 923 descendants of Mohammed and make their lives miserable. Of course, the threat of physical violence lurks in the background; a Somali nearly butchered one of the Danish cartoonists last New Year's Day.
The moral: apologizing doesn't work; it is viewed as a sign of weakness, and only results in further pressure to knuckle under.