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The truth is out

I’ve read similar sentiments before, but is this what passes for “war on terror” ideology these days?

One doesn’t want to be accused of inhuman callousness; but I am willing to confess, and believe I speak for a lot of THWTHs [To-Hell-With-Them-Hawks] (and a lot of other Americans, too) that the spectacle of Middle Eastern Muslims slaughtering each other is one that I find I can contemplate with calm composure. 

So writes National Review Online columnist John Derbyshire. I fear that many pro-war supporters share these sentiments. After all, they’re only Muslims.

It is these kind of statements that brings the fall of the US empire closer by the day. Imperial arrogance has a convenient habit of self-destruction.

6 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    I suspect that behind the bravado of people like Derbyshire lies a fear that this may not happen where coalition troops to withdraw. A nightmare scenario for these chickenhakws woudl be a strong and unified ME that does not ally itself with the West.

  • Nell Fenwick

    AL,

    America's imperial arrogance will self-desrtuct? Did you mean, the arrogant American empire will self-destruct?

  • Chris

    It appears that you have a streak of racism in you, Antony (After all, they’re only Muslims.), even while that particular term should not fit.

    I assume that most Americans do not care because the vast majority of news they read reveal the enormous amount of "Muslim murdering Muslim" in the most gruesome ways possible. Americans may find it hard to contemplate why they should be concerned about these 'brothers' killing each other. Then there is the kidnapping and murder of aid workers.

    Additionally, the Genocide in Darfur, which they are well aware of, seems to have no muslim nations protesting the slaughter of Black Africans by, you guessed it, Muslims.

    They read of the riots and protests of miliions if not 100's of millions of Muslims over harmless cartoons, and nothing but a tepid repudation of this mass murder in the muslim world by CAIR, who also has ties to terrorism.

    Americans are not going to care about people who don't care for their brothers.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 24th, 2006 at 12:38 am

    It appears that you have a streak of racism in you, Antony (After all, they’re only Muslims

    Chris, please get the categories straight. Islam is not a race. It's a religion.

  • Chris

    Never said it was. It is according to the definition that one of your group brought out. Palestinian is not a race designation either, yet charges of racism are leveled with nary a peep from you.

  • edward squire

    Chris Mar 25th, 2006 at 1:02 am

    Never said it was

    Well how about that. I never realised there was no logical relation whatsoever between any of your statements.

    For example, when you stated on Mar 24th, 2006 at 12:38 am

    It appears that you have a streak of racism in you, Antony (After all, they’re only Muslims.)

    One would normally conclude that by making assertions about racism, and thus race, when referring to Muslims, one would normally conclude – normally, that is, if there is some logical connection between your words – that one was assuming Muslims constituted a race. This of course is absurd, but sadly, not an uncommon conflation made right-wing Zionist fanatics who have difficulty distinguishing between culture, religion and race (yes, they really are quite different things).