Friday, August 18, 2006

A 9-10-01 State of Mind

In recent days when I surf the web at Lucianne or Red State I feel like the majority of the topics of discussion are 9-10-01 types of things. There is a lot of talk about Walmart and JonBenet Ramsey. There are new developments in Iran and Syria that I haven't seen enough disccusion about. On July 24, 2006 an article was published pooh-poohing people for being islamophobes. Thankfully today another article appeared, and it does an excellent job of 'fisking' the other article. One of the money quotes from the fisking article follows:

"Mr. Walker's essay belongs to that large and growing genre of fiction, the political fairytale. The aim of such works is not to put its readers to sleep, but to soothe them into acquiescence. This it does in two ways. First, it tells people what they want to hear--the threat of radical Islam is overstated by irresponsible purveyors of hysteria. Second, it flatters their moral vanity: you, Dear Reader, are a good liberal and know that there is no political problem that cannot be solved by good will and a willingness to negotiate and see the other chap's point of view.
But wait: What is the other chap's point of view? I have always admired this frank observation by Hussein Massawi, a former Hezbollah leader: "We are not fighting so that you will offer us something, We are fighting to eliminate you." Point noted. "

I hope that we do not get complacent and lose our focus on what is really important. It is an election year, and there will be all kinds of attempts by the msm to frame the news that we get in the hopes getting the election results the msm wants. Please let's not be lulled to sleep. Now, especially now we need to remain focussed.

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