This is a great post with a great life application. Gina Cobb: Republishing Multiple Mohammed Cartoons and Insulting Images: Is This Really Necessary?
The bet point in the article is:
You don’t score points in a debate, nor do you win a lawsuit, nor do you advance to victory in a war, by insulting your enemies. Indeed, it is much easier to win a war, or a lawsuit, or a debate, if you can manage to leave open enough room for your adversary to save a little face and concede gracefully in the end. It’s not always possible to avoid stirring up blind fury in one’s enemy, but to the degree that you can achieve it and at least keep the blind fury to a minimum, victory is that much easier.
This is a life lesson that can be hard to learn, but can serve you very well. Let me relate this to you in sports terms. My 7 year old daughter plays in an indoor soccer league. The play normally with 4 players and a goalie. Well in their most recent game, my daughters team built up a 5 goal lead. At this point, league rules allow the losing team to add a player on the field and play 5 on 4. Well, my daughters team continued to score and once they reached 9 to nothing, the coach pulled one of his players off to make the game 5 on 3. I though that this was a very respectful way to treat what could be an ugly situation. This made it so that all the girls could continue to put forth their best efforts, but added a balance that allowed the losing team to save face.
Sports and War are similar in this regard. When you compete/fight, you go all out to win. Nothing less is acceptable. What you don’t do is insult your opponent or rub in a victory. A political example of this can be found in the U.S. How many people have you heard call President Bush an Idiot? How many people has President Bush called idiots? Enough said.