Racism, Root Causes and Robert Spencer
While in the midst of pledge drive, I nearly missed one of the few sources of joy in this business: Watching Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton smoke out suit wearing think tankers who would clearly be more comfortable wearing sheets.
one of the justifications for Norwegian anti-Muslim terrorist Anders Breivik‘s attacks, explaining that Breivik said “he had no other choice but to use violence” because his fringe views were “censored.”
G-d bless her. Really. Anyone who can say that with a straight face deserves an AEI field trip with
…The David Horowitz Freedom Center, named for right-wing activist David Horowitz, is organizing a trip to Turkey featuring AEI’s Michael Rubin and Robert Spencer, an Islamophobic blogger featured in the Center For American Progress report “Fear, Inc..”
Cost, not including plane fare: 4,650$ (US)
Gharib and Clifton wax a bit earnest with “highlight[ing] AEI’s relationship with these extremist views and raises questions about whether bigoted anti-Muslim sentiment should hold even a tangential place in the Washington discourse.”
Tangential place? It’s the center piece of our foreign policy. Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Persian bigotry is mainstream, respectable and frankly necessary to maintain The Empire. One cannot continue public support for brutal occupations, the destruction of entire cultures and flying robots which kill children without a sustained campaign of bigotry, ignorance and dehumanization.
Update: Robert Spencer wrote me via Twitter. You can find the exchange here. While none of his offense addresses the issue of racism or the point of the blog entry, he did pen this essay, Time to Get Out of Afghanistan, in March of this year.
In ten years, American troops (through no fault of their own, although the same cannot be said of their superiors) have accomplished little or nothing in terms of establishing a stable and democratic government in Afghanistan. This is true despite the loss of thousands of lives of noble and courageous American military personnel who deserved better from those in command, and the wanton waste of billions of dollars. The Taliban is still a potent force — so strong that both Karzai and Obama have made overtures to it. The Taliban’s claim of Islamic authenticity strongly resonates with the Afghan people and provides an ever-renewable wellspring of material, financial, and moral support for these vicious thugs as they bomb girls’ schools, music stores, and other outcroppings of jahiliyya — the infidels’ society of ignorance.
With the withdrawal of the American troops, there will be many Taliban murders, many more jihads, many more women and non-Muslims victimized. That is an abomination. But we could have never ultimately have prevented it anyway. America’s misbegotten Afghan adventure shows the catastrophic human cost of our national unwillingness to face the unpleasant truths about Islam. It costs us lives and money, and makes us even more vulnerable to jihad attacks than we already were. It’s time not just to bring the troops home from their foredoomed mission, but to begin a searching and encompassing re-evaluation of all our national policies regarding Islam and Islamic states.
Well, I’m humbled. Robert Spencer: Successor to Dorothy Day. My apologies to Mr. Spencer and the entire peace movement for imputing any bigotry or hysterical monomaniacal hatred or suggesting that there is anything untoward in Mr. Spencer’s attitudes toward his brothers and sisters in the middle east and central Asia.