Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I. Can you find the difference between the following quotes? Bottom-line, is there a difference?

Found on Facebook:

"Much of the injustice that takes place in our world stems from ignorance. We reject being emotionally blackmailed by Hollywood tales and holocaust museums which legitimize the war crimes and crimes against humanity of the extremist Atheist regime of Tel-Aviv."

In a comment in The New Republic

I support Israel. But honestly. Not in exchange for a nutty U.S. Israel-first U.S.-second Americans like Dyer they shamelessly seek and accept the support of those who advocate for a fundamentalist theocracy (like the so-called "christian right", who as an aside are decidedly un-christian); or a tawdry right winger who advocates pure evil in foreign affairs like Eliot Abrams.


II. Christopher Hitchens compares and contrasts:

Via: Mick

Look here upon this picture, and on this …” In the left frame, a privileged young Swiss-Egyptian academic, whose father and grandfather were pillars of the Muslim Brotherhood and who has expressed strong sympathy for the jihadist preachings—and social and moral precepts—of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, purveyor of fatwas and self-described “Mufti of martyrdom operations.” In the right frame, a young woman from Somalia who has endured genital mutilation and forced marriage, made her escape to Europe, spoken out for the rights of women, seen a colleague of hers murdered for the same advocacy, abandoned religion for the values of the European enlightenment, and now conducts her life under permanent police protection.

Which of these two individuals garners the most respectful attention from our liberal intellectuals? [...]


III. And another irony that caught my eye:

Timothy Garton Ash, a British historian from Oxford University:

It's no disrespect to Ms. Ali to suggest that if she had been short, squat, and squinting, her story and views might not be so closely attended to

And this description:

"There he sits, all slight, toned physical perfection, all fastidious grooming, all glowing with non-drinking, non-smoking, body-is-a-temple spiritual health. He's passionate about applying Islamic standards at a personal level. It all sounds improbably high-minded and exacting, so it's a surprise to discover that Ramadan is a good companion - playful, warm, quick to laugh, and occasionally flirting on the outer fringes of self-deprecation (he contends that his religious devotion is largely about sublimating the ego, in something like the manner of a western 12-step programme)." Deborah Orr @ The Independent


At 1:39 AM EDT, Anonymous K2K said...

for the "CycloPspedia of Not-Liberal Hypocrisies" ?

I just wanted to share a new essay on the Hypocrisy of Liberals.
Noah Pollak at Commentary on Peter Beinart. Helps to understand the spasmed, then buried coverage at TNR.


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