Peggy Noonan writes a weekly column, “Declarations,” for the Wall Street Journal. She is a clear thinker and expressive writer, although too often her considerable gifts are wasted on Republican polemics. When she turns her attention to events of significance, as she does in her column headlined “Salmon Rushdie, Meet Charlie Hebdo,” she nearly always hits the mark.
In this week’s column, she points that free speech is central to us as Americans. She compares and contrasts the reactions of Americans to offensive, even scatalogical speech, to the response of extremist Islamists. There is a real difference, and it’s a difference we should be proud of.