A production of Mozart's opera Idomeneo has been cancelled in Berlin for fear of offending Muslims. Or at least that's what the headlines say. But the opera wasn't cancelled for fear of offending Muslims. It was cancelled for fear of offended Muslims.
Kirsten Harms, the director of the Deutsche Oper, said that the Berlin state police had warned of a possible - but not certain - threat and that she decided it would be in the best interest of the safety of the opera house, its employees and patrons to cancel the production.
So it would appear that tantrums get results since now it's consider reasonable to not only surrender to terror but to surrender to the possibility of future terror. Not in my book it's not, and thankfully others who have a public voice are starting to speak up also.
"Our ideas about openness, tolerance and freedom must be lived out on the offensive. Voluntary self-limitation gives those who fight against our values a confirmation in advance that we will not stand behind them" - Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's mayor
Well said Klaus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also spoken up:
"We must take care that we do not retreat out of a fear of potentially violent radicals," Merkel was quoted as saying in Hanover's Neue Presse newspaper. "Self-censorship out of fear is not tolerable."
Is this the first sign of European politicians once again evolving vertebrae? I hope so.
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