Thursday, January 25, 2007

Funniest Muslim-Bashing Miscue Ever

Normally, it simply makes me sad to see Americans demonize Muslims. It reminds me of the way we hated the Huns, and the evil Japs, and the godless commies, and every other sociopolitical enemy we have faced over the years. All of our enemies have been bizarre, unthinking, insanely evil people with whom one could not reason. Until the conflict is over, and we find that they are pretty much like us, and excellent trading partners.

But now it is the Arabs we must hate, because they all want to strap bombs on their chests and suicide bomb us because they hate our freedom. Those other times we were told that our enemies were horrible people totally unlike us - well, we were wrong then. But now it's the truth.

It's sad and pathetic and disgusting. Won't get fooled again, indeed.

But today I saw a bit of Muslim bashing that was so beautiful that it shimmered in its ironic light. Marty Peretz, the hawkish owner/editor of the New Republic, managed to pen these immortal words, mocking Tom Friedman's attempts to find peace-loving Muslims:
Poor Tom Friedman. He is looking for a Muslim Martin Luther King. There is none, Tom. If one were living on earth, they'd break his windows. Imprison him. Or kill him. Finished.
Can you imagine a religion whose people would imprison a Martin Luther King? Or kill him?

How can we ever find common ground with these beasts?

Hat tip to Matthew Yglesias.

4 Comments:

Anonymous travelingal said...

Gee I wonder what the people would think if Bobby Kennedy was assassinated today by a guy named Sirhan Sirhan ...

1/26/2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger les said...

It's long been obvious that folks like Peretz are outfitted with defective irony meters; but I had to read this one several times before I could believe he said what it looked like he said. And we are supposed to think his commentary has some kind of value...it's a magnified version of my feelings when I see the regular columns on the KC Star op-ed page by people who have been demonstrably, consistently factually wrong in everything they've said about Iraq for 5 years, yet still get paid to pontificate. Why would I read, much less respect, their opinions?

1/26/2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

No kidding, Travelingal. And they wouldn't let the fact that he was Christian slow them down . . .

Les - can you believe I do this for free, and Peretz gets paid?

1/28/2007 12:24 PM  
Anonymous travelingal said...

Didn't let Black September slow them down either..

1/29/2007 1:17 PM  

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