Dissidents? Napier doesn't mention "dissidents", which is a much abused word these days.I think the Napier quote is entertaining and apt. The problem with it is that the British Empire at the time were strapping dissidents over the ends of their cannons and blowing them to pieces for having the effrontery to protest at the foreign domination of their country. Was that so much more civilised than the practice of suttee? Nevertheless, the quote seems relevant.
Anything can be construed as "an incitement to violence" if we are dealing with brains completely warped by religious fervor, as those Islamic butchers were. There is no 'incitement' too trivial once we start down any path which attempts to justify murderous religious fanatics.The other thing with which I disagree is the way Steyn gives the Rev. Book Burner a free pass on his incitement to violence. I suspect he would be one of those who jumped up and down when a few extremist Moslems were burning the Satanic Verses in the streets of Toronto and London. I know I was. How the same behaviour by a religious bigot now gets a pass is beyond me.