There's been a lot of talk over the past week about Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest in Texas last week. The two would-be jihadists responded just as she hoped they would, with attempted violence, and walked right into the trap she had set for them. They were greeted by bullets from one of the forty armed men she had waiting for them, which allowed Geller to make the point she had wanted to: see, these horrible Muslims don't believe in free speech.
(Why did Geller hold this contest in Texas of all places? Why not New York City, where she's from? Were the gun laws in NYC not permissive enough to have allowed for that small army she assembled?)
But Geller's tactics backfired somewhat; half the editorials that appeared last week castigated her hateful tactics.
Had the Muslims been smart, they would have laid a similar trap for Geller.
They would have calmly abided Geller's cartoon-drawing contest in Texas, then staged their own meeting in New York City.
A rough equivalent to what Gellar did might have been to have a Yahweh-chanting march through a Hasidic neighborhood. (Observant Jews generally consider it disrespectful to say the name of the Jewish deity out loud.) But, that probably wouldn't have been considered the same level of sacrilege.
The Muslims might have had a "Jews control the media" conference, with chart and graphs outlining exactly who runs which media organizations and who controls the microphone in this country. But, that is not exactly news.
If the Muslims really wanted to provoke outrage a la Pamela Geller, they should have staged a Holocaust revisionist conference in New York City. They could have said what the Holocaust deniers say: yes, the Jews were rounded up in Europe in WWII, and roughly 500,000 of them died from starvation and typhus. But the 6 million number is way overblown. Etc, etc.
They could have invited Mahmoud Abbas, the co-founder of Hamas and the President of the Palestinian National Authority, and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both prominent Holocaust deniers. And they could have invited attendees from Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, all of which promote Holocaust denial as well.
This would undoubtedly have provoked great outrage. At which point, the Muslims could have said, if it's okay for Pamela Geller to desecrate our Prophet, why is it not okay for us to exercise our right to free speech as well?
This would have been a test of journalistic integrity as well. Would all of those journalists who sided with Geller have also stuck up for the Muslims' right to be as offensive as they wanted?
But, the Muslims were too dumb to do this. Instead, they did exactly as Geller wanted.