Congrats on being the superior human being, Eli. But be careful you don’t nuance yourself into a corner.
But for the record: Oh yes, colonialism sure was bad. I hate colonialism. Colonialism: Bad, colonialism, very, very bad.
But whatever the roots of Islamic rage—and, yes, I think we should understand those roots—and whatever is ultimately motivating demands by anti-Democratic religious fascists for restrictions on press freedoms in the West, it doesn’t change the fact that this is, ultimately, an assault on freedom of speech/thought/expression, and it needs to be, whatever its root cause, resisted.
Freedom of thought and expression are too important to be sacrificed on the altar white, liberal, first-world guilt. Get over yourself.