But in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone
can spread offensive views around the world with
a click of a button, the notion that we can control
the flow of information is obsolete. The question,
then, is how do we respond? And on this we must agree:
There is no speech that justifies mindless violence.
There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents.
There's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.
There's no slander that provides an excuse for people to
burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis,
or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
In this modern world with modern technologies,
for us to respond in that way to hateful speech empowers
any individual who engages in such speech to create
chaos around the world. We empower the
worst of us if that’s how we respond.