What does a Koran cost? You can get a full color one for the Kindle for only 99 cents, just don't expect it to feature any pictures of old Mo. If you want to go deluxe, you can get a hardcover edition that runs three different translations side by side for around 40 bucks. But if you want to be more practical about it, the price of a Koran is the lives of six American soldiers.
The nature of the marketplace of human affairs is that a thing is worth what we will pay for it. Once upon a time Americans decided to pay any price for freedom. The price was high, but they got what they paid for... at least for a season or two. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were works of freedom written in blood. They made a free nation possible because that nation was willing to pay the price for them.
Muslims are equally willing to pay the price in blood for slavery, their own slavery and ours, for a book of slavery, written by an owner and abuser of slaves, who created a religion of slaves, where the optimal position was to stand on as many people as possible while reaching for heaven.
The men who fought to make us free placed value on their lives. The men who fight to enslave us place little value on their own. Whatever material pleasures they enjoy in this life, little girls, hashish and wealth, will be vastly improved upon in the afterlife. And they buy their way into that afterlife by killing us, as they have been doing for over a thousand years.
Each of their murders imposes their religion on us. They impose their notion of what is important and what isn't important. Twenty years ago no one would have cared a fig for a burned Koran or a cartoon of Mo. Today either one earns you an accusation of endangering the lives of American soldiers and inciting violence. Dress up as Zombie Mohammed and Judge Mark Martin will tell you that in a Muslim country you would get the death penalty. That's not the way it works here. Yet.
What's the price of a Koran? Whatever Muslims see fit to charge us for it and whatever our leaders are willing to pay. Not just in lives or ranks of men who were risking their lives in the way that B. Hussein could not even begin to imagine, but in the big picture appeasement.
At the store of international and domestic affairs in Washington DC, Muslims haul up a bunch of corpses and in return we pay them with all sorts of concessions, both tangible and intangible. Cartoons stop appearing in newspapers. Books don't get printed. Presidents attend Iftar dinners. Muslims get appointed to high positions. NASA gets retooled into a Muslim empowerment agency. And all of that isn't enough because the blood price never gets paid.
The essence of the vendetta is that it is eternal. It can only be resolved by marriage, by mingling two bloods into a single clan. If we agree to become Muslims, we can be part of their clan. Without that we are forever the targets of their rage, inferior in their minds, yet materially superior, despised in the Koran, but somewhat triumphant in land and wealth. A religious paradox that can only be resolved by subjugating us or by converting us.
This hasn't stopped us from trying to meet the blood price anyway, instead of imposing our own. The blood of free men goes on dripping into the sewers of Kabul or Baghdad and a hundred other places and the Jihad hums along. Slowly and deliberately we learn to censor ourselves, adopting the habits of the Dhimmi, kowtowing to our masters, praising their learning, their wisdom and above all their mercy. If they have gone a day without killing us, does it not show what a peaceful people they are?
We apologize not because we have done anything wrong, but because they are angry. And every time they are angry, we know that we have done something wrong. Like dogs, our leaders develop the moral reflex of a newspaper across the nose, accepting that they are guilty when Muslims carry out violence. The worse the violence, the more they apologize.
What is the price of a Koran? It's any price that we are willing to pay. It can be six soldiers or six hundred or six hundred thousand. There is no set exchange so the potential price is only limited by how much we are willing to bleed without fighting back. Slaves will endure anything, free men will not. The Declaration of Independence was a bill drawn up and sent back with the firm statement that free men would no longer pay this price.
Governments that do not recognize the freedom of men from government view them and their freedoms as assets to dispose of. If the price of peace be our freedoms, they will pay the price. If the price be Sharia law, they will pay it. And why not, what's one more oppressive and repressive legal system on top of the existing one?
Between the primitive feudalism of the Muslim world and the postmodern feudalism of Western socialism is a consensus that human freedom is secondary to the rule of the enlightened and the purity of the ideology that serves as the wellspring of their power. The Mullah and the Eurocrat are both seeking a perfect world which is only perfect because the rulers have all the power and the ruled have none.
The Muslim is dying for the Koran and the American soldier is dying to bring tolerance and civil rights to them. While the Koran beaters are encouraged to kill for their beliefs, the American serviceman is encouraged to be a good soldier by dying without a fuss rather than cause any civilian casualties. That would only increase the blood price, infuriate the followers of Mo and cause more deaths.
It works both ways. We are just as capable of setting the price of our freedom above that of a Koran. All we have to do as a nation is say it and mean it. All we have to do is replace the price of a Koran with the price of freedom. The men who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of freedom would have done it. Instead our leaders have pledged our lives and fortunes to the cause of Muslim freedom from regimes that inhibited them from making the Koran into the 100 percent law of the land, instead of only the 60 or 70 percent law of the land.
How do you set the price of a Koran? It's easy. You just decide that life is not worth living if someone torches a Koran, disrespects your prophet or otherwise doesn't show the full and proper respect to your religion. When enough people feel the same way and are willing to kill and die over it, then the price is set.
A hundred years ago our leaders would have held them to that price. Today we try to buy our way out and sue for peace by way of apologies and appeasement. This doesn't meet the price, it only inflates it as the laws of supply and demand tend to do. The more we are willing to pay for a Koran, the more its worshipers will charge us for it, with no upward limit.
Honor killings really aren't about honor and blood prices aren't about blood. They're about power and the worthlessness of the men who would wield it. The more worthless and backward the country, the greater and pricklier is its sense of honor. Afghanistan has more honor per square mile than goats, microchips and living girls. Having become slaves to Islam, they brandish it as a banner, having convinced themselves that they could only be slaves to something truly noble and great.
To convince themselves of the high price of their submission, they kill us, they kill their daughters and they kill each other. The blood price of the Koran is as endless as their own worthlessness and just as irredeemable. The price can never be paid, because there are two priceless things, that which has no price because it is beyond value and that which has no price because it is worthless.
Unlike the Koran, our freedom is priceless because it is beyond price. The lives of our sons and daughters are equally priceless. And if we allow them to be sold for the price of a Koran, then it is we who have forsaken our sacred honor.