Racism, Root Causes and Robert Spencer

Angela Keaton, June 05, 2012

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.

In a two part series at Think Progress, we learn that the American Enterprise Institute hosted professional supplicant and fantasist Ayaan Hirsi Ali who boldly asserted that

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.

Spencer writes,

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.

Also:

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.




9 Responses to “Racism, Root Causes and Robert Spencer”

  1. DIVIDE AND CONQUER: Early on in American history, the establishment created racism so that the black slaves and white indentured servants in the south, who were pretty much treated the same, would not get together against the establishment. Divide and conquer. We continue to be divided, black-white, legal-illegal, liberal-conservative, patriot-non-patriot, and lately we are warned about the horrible evil of the Muslim community who want to take us over and install Sharia Law. It is all evil, and the evil is against the American people. It gets even worse with this talk about Zombies in America, which is a deliberate attempt to dehumanize Americans, saying that some of us will become flesh eating zombies.

    That kind of fear and hatred by Americans doesn´t just happen, it doesn´t appear naturally from our souls – it is implanted. The establishment wants us divided and to have a low opinion of each other. What the establishment does not want, and will do anything and everything to prevent, is for Americans to get together in order to solve the country´s ills.

  2. The sad truth is that we have spent trillions of dollars to support Apartheid in Israel…what is there to say? Look…you cant color a spade….no pun intended….there is just no way to justify what the United States has done…now we hear the NETWORKS telling us they are suddenly concerned with poor muslims and arabs in Syria and that we should all consider intervening…SO WHAT IS MY POINT? WHAT IS MY REMEDY? Look…please face reality and understand that if YOU WANT CHANGE IN THIS NATION…if you WANT CHANGE IN THE WORLD….then you must understand…..THE MEDIA IS THE REAL AND PRIMARY BATTLEGROUND!!!! IF YOU CANT CHANGE THE MASS MEDIA YOU CANT STOP ANY OF THIS!!!!…..why do you think people DONT CARE ABOUT AFGHANISTAN, OR IRAQ OR PALESTINE? Because the Media continues to misinform them, under inform them, or just plain egg them on..AS THEY ARE DOING NOW CONCERNING SYRIA AND IRAN!!!….if you all want real change and you are serious about it…YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE WAR ON THE MASS MEDIA and if you dont….NOTHING YOU DO WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…you might as well stay home and wait for the end of the world….YOU MUST TAKE BACK THE MEDIA…any which way you can…p.s. sorry for the caps…I am not yelling at you, I am just trying to emphasize my point, my apologies.

  3. I agree. They have the serfs fight each other and they expand their power, wasting wealth while profiting from their mad fantasies. The global banktatorship (a word I came across recently) is having problems with it's neo-feudalism. A more productive enterprise for the elite is to figure out a sustainable system that pleases everyone and is humane.

    The best thing to do with the Islamic states is to get disentangled from them. Stop helping devious countries in their efforts to suppress dissent, spread chaos, or fight their battles for them. I doubt it is possible to implant 2500-2000 year old traditions from the West into another civilization and they will take root immediately.

  4. How can we get disentangled from the Islamic States when
    (1) we want their oil,
    (2) we force them to accept our fraudulent/corrupt financial system
    (3) we have to pacify them in order to maintain the criminal state of Israel in their midst.
    (4) we are so arrogant and conceited believe we need to teach the world democracy, even though democracy does not exist at home ???

  5. …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..”

  6. Breivik said “he had no other choice but to use violence” because his fringe views were “censored.”

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