I should seriously write a book called, The Idiots Guide To Not Thinking Seriously About Islam.
It’s hard to find a subject where mushy thinking is more in vogue – where political correctness conquers reality more thoroughly. People actually are afraid to think seriously on the subject, because the logical conclusions are too frightening for many to contemplate.
And so, there’s no place where comfortable clichés are more readily deployed.
Probably the most glaring illustration of inanity here were recent comments by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
On leaving a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of Tibetan Buddhists told reporters that we can’t hold all Muslims responsible for the misdeeds of a few.
The Lama: "Nowadays, I often express that due to a few mischievous Muslims’acts we should not consider all Muslims as something bad. That is very unfair."
Expanding on this dazzling analysis, the Dalai Lama continued: "A few mischievous peopleyou can find from all religions – among Muslims and Christians and Jews and Buddhists. To generalize is not correct." [more]
I was on C-SPAN the other morning, and a lady called in to complain that ”you are making my blood pressure rise.” Usual reason. The host, Paul Orgel, had asked me what I thought of President Bush and I replied that, whatever my differences with him on this or that, I thought he was one of the most farsighted politicians in Washington. That’s to say, he’s looking down the line to a world in which a radicalized Islam has exported its pathologies to every corner on Earth, Iran and like-minded states have applied nuclear blackmail to any parties within range, and a dozen or more nutcake basket-case jurisdictions have joined Pyongyang and Tehran as a Nukes R Us one-stop shop for all your terrorist needs. In 2020, no one’s going to be worrying about which Congressional page Mark Foley is coming on to. Except Mark Foley, who’ll be getting a bit long in the tooth by then. But if it really is, as Democrats say, ”all about the future of our children,” then our children will want to know why our generation saw what was happening and didn’t do anything about it. They will despise us as we despise the political class of the 1930s. And the fact that we passed a great prescription drug plan will be poor consolation when the entire planet is one almighty headache. [more]
"Why Do People Hate America?" by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies, The Disinformation Company, 240 pages, $11
One of the first and most authentic responses to the events of September 11 was that of a panic-stricken woman fleeing as the Twin Towers collapsed in New York. In shock, she asked the reporter who held a microphone out to her: "Why do they hate us?"
That question, etched in the collective consciousness of America and the world, and subsequently appropriated by President George Bush and his administration, is the point of departure of this book, which has now been translated into Hebrew by Maya Feld (Maariv/Iyun). However, from the perspective of the authors – Ziauddin Sardar, a Pakistani-born intellectual who lives and works in the United States, but does not consider himself an American, and Merryl Wyn Davies, a Welsh author and anthropologist who lives in Wales, but does not consider herself British – the question is totally superfluous. Both of them easily fit into the radical, multicultural, postmodern, anti-globalist, long-time-haters-of-America category. Their careers have been built on books, articles, interviews, lectures, radio and television programs, and seminars at leading American universities, the common denominator being virulent criticism of the United States and all it represents.
In effect, then, the book should have been called "Why Do Radical Intellectuals Hate America?" or "Why Do Sardar and Davies Hate America?" It is a concise, forcefully argued summation of all the debates on the subject that have been raging on campuses and research institutes in the West, and especially the United States, for the last 30 years. It is even readable. Its importance, however,
lies in bringing to light what the intellectual elites in the social science and humanities faculties of the West are thinking. It has also enjoyed a large measure of success, topping best-seller lists around the world. [more]
Nov. 6, 2006 issue – Robert Secher had a passion for history. Until his death in Iraq on Oct. 8, the 33-year-old Marine could recount all the major battles of the Civil War. He studied the Holocaust, in which members of his father’s family lost their lives. In recent e-mails home, he said he was reading about Vietnam and the Mexican civil war. But his favorite books were on ancient Rome: he was captivated by the centurions, who commanded from the front and led by example. "He talked about being a soldier since he was 6 years old," his mother, Elke Morris, told NEWSWEEK last week. "He wanted to be tested in battle." Secher signed up for the Marines when he was 17. He served on the Afghan border after the attacks of September 11 and later pressed for a transfer to the front lines in Iraq. He ended up in the insurgents’ largest stronghold, Anbar province. [more]
Bill Maher, from the comfort of his capitalist Comedy Central studio, sits with kommie ass klown Harry Belafonte and mocks America with polls he apparently pulled out of his kommie ass. While Maher is disingenuous 99% of the time, he did manage to get one thing right (pure luck); “we need to stop coasting on the work of past generations”. Those same generations that made America the world’s superpower. We need to stop this “politically correct” bullshit (which is suicide for America) and kick the kommie klowns in their ass!
Yes Virginia, there really are communists in America bent on destroying her.
If we don’t stop these communists Virginia, there will be no more Christmas. Capitalist Santa Claus will become socialist Santa Claus and socialist Santa Claus cannot afford to bring you a gawd damn thing ‘cept maybe a potato.