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Defining tolerance

Posted: August 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The political cartoon by Adam Zyglis on Aug. 8 was a real hoot. It shows a fence around a vacant lot with a sign reading "ground zero," with an angry American protestor next to it labeled "ground zero tolerance." Pretty interesting view.

I wonder if Zyglis can remember all the way back to Sept. 11, 2001, when 3,000 people were killed in the twin towers. Did the killers have a specific quarrel with any individual in the building? Could they specifically identify any of their victims in advance of the attack? The answers to these are, of course, "no."

I am not sure how Zyglis defines tolerance, but I think that killing 3,000 random people, presumably mostly Americans, for no specific reason other than they were in a building that stood as a reminder of American achievement, would be called intolerant.

I tried to find cartoons by Zyglis in a similar vein that castigated Arabs or Muslims for their show of intolerance on 9/11, and could not find them. Funny how he seems to take offense for someone offering a point of view he is not in favor of, but how he is silent on the act that probably caused the anti-mosque sentiment in the first place. How many mosque protests made the news before 9/11?

He is entitled to his view, but we are entitled to a rebuttal just as the protester in his cartoon should be.


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