Is the pen mightier than the sword?
The saying “The pen is mightier than the sword” originates with playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu (1839). Richelieu, chief minister to King Louis XIII, discovers a plot to kill him, but as a priest he is unable to take up arms against his enemies. His page, Francois, points out: But now, at your command are other weapons, my good Lord. Richelieu agrees: The pen is mightier than the sword… Take away the sword; States can be saved without it!
Note the origin of this saying that has become something of a truism over the decades. A play, a fiction, a hearts desire.
But is it true?
Sadly today it seems not, for if the drawing of Mohamed cartoons were indeed the ‘pen,’ then the sword of Islam has silenced that pen, for although Charlie Hebdo fights on, none of the MSM are willing to employ the pen in this battle, choosing instead a stark form of Dhimmitude (Associated Press said “We Won’t Use ‘Deliberately Provocative’ Images), and our governments are taking great pains to reassure us that the work of these terrorists ‘has nothing to do with Islam.’
The graphic shows the optimism that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword and will rise again to do battle.
But the pen lies not broken in this instance. it lies limp and untouched, so how can it win in this battle?