Pamela Geller, whose organization American Freedom Defense Initiative is running the ads, writes at Atlas Shrugs:
We submitted the "savage" ads to run on New York subway platforms and DC Metro train dioramas. The contracts were signed and the ads were paid for up front. They are scheduled to run next week. In light of Ambassador Stevens' coldblooded murder, as well as that of two navy SEALs and other US diplomats, what else would you call jihadists? Why is this controversial? The ads should be papered across America. Funny how the word "savage" entered the vernacular after the latest jihadist blowups across the world.
Today, on Rosh Hashanah, the DC Transit authority canceled ("postponed") our pro-Israel ads. DC Transit said, "due to the situations happening around the world at this time, we are postponing the start of this program ..." "The reason for this decision is one of security and safety for the commuters using the DC Metro rail system." This is exactly the reason why our pro-freedom ads should run.
It is precisely because of the current political situation that it is important that I be able to express my message now, and I consider any delay to be government censorship of my core political speech. I demanded that the transit authority change their position. Short of that, we will file a lawsuit tomorrow.
Clearly, DC is kowtowing to the threat of jihad terrorism. Their cowardice does not make commuters or Americans safer. On the contrary, it puts us in more peril to the whims of violent Islamic supremacists.
If someone commits violence, it is his responsibility and no one else's. The responsibility for one's actions lies with one who acts and no one else. Islamic supremacists and their allies in the mainstream media are trying to get us to accept the idea that we are responsible if Muslims riot and kill and blame what we say. Yet there is nothing that you could say to me that would make me riot and kill. Theirs is the responsibility and they are the only ones who deserve condemnation, if the media were doing its job.
There will always be an ad, a movie, a cartoon, a teddy bear. This is a war on freedom. I refuse to sacrifice my freedom so as not to offend savages.
And dhimmi DC transit is not alone. Others have criticized the use of the word "savage." But it is entirely apt. They claim that the ad refers to all Muslims, or all opponents of Israel. It doesn't. It refers to those who rejoice in the murders of innocent civilians. The war on Israel is a war on innocent civilians. The targeting of civilians is savage. The murder of Ambassador Stevens was savage. The relentless 60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage. The torture of hostage Gilad Shalit was savage. The bloody hacking to death of the Fogel family was savage. The Munich Olympic massacre was savage. The unspeakable torture of Ehud Goldwasser was savage. The tens of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel (into schools, homes, etc.) are savage. The vicious Jew-hatred behind this genocide is savage. The endless demonization of the Jewish people in the Palestinian and Arab media is savage. The refusal to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state is savage. The list is endless.
Dhimmitude at the DC Transit. The message they are sending is that terrorism works.