“Most Americans have rallied around President Bush’s eloquent defense of American values: “This is civilization’s fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.”
But not quite everyone. There are a few people who don’t “believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.” Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson got the most attention for arguing on national television that God had given the United States “probably what we deserve” because of “the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians,” and the ACLU. Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore matched them in vitriol with this ugly statement on his Web site: “They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC and the planes’ destination of California — these were places that voted AGAINST Bush!”
Even more disturbing are the comments of presumably more sophisticated thinkers. Katha Pollitt writes in the Nation that she won’t fly the American flag because “the flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war.” Even when terrorists kill thousands of American citizens, she sees nothing but evil in the symbol of America.
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo wrote in a widely circulated e-mail: “The great speculators wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty — so what is 20,000 dead in New York? Regardless of who carried out the massacre, this violence is the legitimate daughter of the culture of violence, hunger and inhumane exploitation.”
That sums up the criticism of America that unites the Islamic terrorists, the anti-globalization street protesters, the resentful right, and the literary left: They hate the culture of markets and liberalism. They hate the Enlightenment and modernity. They hate reason, science, technology, individualism, pluralism, tolerance, progress and freedom. And to be more specific, they hate Wall Street, Hollywood, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Microsoft, Ralph Lauren ads, and the casual joy of American freedom.
These people share H. L. Mencken’s definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
This man is brilliant, Daniel Greenfield. Another thought provoking and astute article came out, this time about gun control. What’s also funny is that I never hear the left condemning Che Guevara or any leftist “revolutionary” groups, or Hamas, for using guns. By gun control they mean no republicans should have guns, which is ludicrous, because most gun crimes are committed by democrats or other leftists. This is a fact, as is the fact that most assassins in the US have been leftist radicals, not right wing haters. Anyhow.
The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli. Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people? Do bad eating habits kill people or does the availability of junk food kill people?
To the left these are distinctions without a difference. If a thing is available then it is the cause of the problem. The individual cannot be held accountable for shooting someone if there are guns for sale. Individuals have no role to play because they are not moral actors, only members of a mob responding to stimuli.
You wouldn’t blame a dog for overeating; you blame the owners for overfeeding him. Nor do you blame a dog for biting a neighbor. You might punish him, but the punishment is training, not a recognition of authentic responsibility on the part of the canine. And the way that you think of a dog, is the way that the left thinks of you. When you misbehave, the left looks around for your owner.
Malcolm x was a rabid antisemite and white hater. When he started to go soft, it didn’t take long for his “brothers” to silence him permanently.
“In many parts of the African continent I saw white students helping black people. Something like this killed a lot of my argument. I did things as a Muslim that I’m sorry for now. I was a zombie then- like all muslims. I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. Well I guess a man’s entitled to make a fool of himself if he’s ready to pay the cost. It cost me twelve years.”
And this recant cost him his life.
“Anti-Americanism is hypocrisy at its finest. You can spend your evening catching the latest episode of “24” and then complain about Guantanamo the next morning. You can claim that the Americans have themselves to blame for terrorism, while at the same time calling for tougher restrictions on Muslim immigration to Germany. You can call the American president a mass murderer and book a flight to New York the next day. You can lament the average American’s supposed lack of culture and savvy and meanwhile send off for the documents for the Green Card lottery. Not a day passes in Germany when someone isn’t making the wildest claims, hurling the vilest insults or spreading the most outlandish conspiracy theories about the United States. But there’s no risk involved and it all serves mainly to boost the German feeling of self-righteousness.” —C.C. Malzahn
Most people get their knowledge about the war in Iraq from lying hypocrites like Mike Moore- WHO SUPPORTS THE INSURGENCY IN IRAQ. The insurgency are those on the said of Saddam Hussein. You know, one of the greatest monsters of all time. He was far more sadistic than Hitler was. The only difference was the scale. Which was still huge, but not as huge.
The Jew haters who run cartoons featuring Israelis as Nazis show their true colours because they don’t run similar critiques of Saddam or others like him. While the Israelis simply don’t purposefully target civilians, don’t cut off arms and legs, and don’t torture Jewish or Muslim Israelis who dissent from the dominant government view, and nor do they shovel their enemies into ovens. They are called Nazis for one reason alone- they defend themselves. When Mike Moore is talking about honouring the “innocent” in Iraq he means Saddam’s men, and doesn’t give a fuck about those who were victims of Saddam. Countless blinded children. Thirty thousand executions at Abu Ghraib. Yes, that Abu Ghraib, except that all you hear is how the evil Americans “humiliated” Iraqi terrorists by putting panties on their head.
Progress in Iraq since 2003
Thanks to documentary film, WMD: The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein, for these illuminating facts.
Freely held elections, with 8 million voters
Constitution, the most progressive in the middle east, including women’s rights,
Nearly 200 independent newspapers up and printing
And 80 independent tv stations, versus one state run station before the war
168 thousand internet subscribers, versus 4500 before war
Iraqi stock exchange open and freely trading
27 thousand plus new businesses opened
over 3000 schools rehabilitated and functioning
9 million math and science text books distributed
22 universities and 43 technical schools opened
more than 30 000 teachers trained for secondary school
4.3 million kids enrolled in primary school, from 3.6 million
7 million kids received vaccinations
140 health care clinics have been built
150 plus other health care facilities have been built
20 hospitals rehabilitated and operating, new hospitals built
death rate half of what it was under Saddam, now among the lowest in Middle East
76 water treatment projects complete, another 80 plus underway
over 30 sewer projects completed
80 fire stations built or in progress
trial and execution of Saddam Hussein