Saturday, July 23, 2011

Quote of the Day


"This is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists. I spoke to Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute, who has been critical of proposed cuts in defense and of President Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan. 'There has been a lot of talk over the past few months on how we’ve got al-Qaeda on the run and, compared with what it once was, it’s become a rump organization. But as the attack in Oslo reminds us, there are plenty of al-Qaeda allies still operating. No doubt cutting the head off a snake is important; the problem is, we’re dealing with global nest of snakes.' It would be a good opportunity, in light of this attack and talk about huge cuts in defense."

-- Jennifer Rubin in a Washington Post column published yesterday afternoon

Oh yeah? Would it be a good opportunity, Jennifer? Especially now that the guy who bombed Oslo and shot up a camp full of kids, killing 91 people, is supposedly the person pictured above: all blonde hair, blue eyes and otherwise looking like he could be Alexander Skarsgard's live-in boyfriend? Now that we know that that suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, is apparently a right-wing extremist who aligns himself fiercely with Christian fundamentalism, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration activism and who, police say, appeared to be lashing out at Norway's famously free and open society and progressive politics? Still wanna call for a war against those kinds of people: crazy, violent, white Christians?

See what a reactionary tool you look like jumping to conclusions in the pages of one of the most powerful and respected newspapers in the country?

On behalf of Muslims, Arabs, and anybody else brown -- apology accepted, you hack.

17 comments:

vera lynn said...

I agree with everything except the part about the Post being a respected newspaper.....they haven't been for at least the last decade. And that pisses me off. But other than that, hells yeah...and I notice there's still no retraction or apology from Ms. Rubin or the editors. That's just shameful yet not surprising.

Dr. Squid said...

A right winger and a douchebag - nice popped collar. All he needs now is to wear sunglasses indoors.

Busayo said...

And now that it comes out that a blonde, blue-eyed man is responsible, the press has stopped calling it an act of terrorism and have started calling him a 'lone wolf.' I guess it's only terrorism if a brown person does it.

Also, Fox News has been painting the guy as a LEFT-WING psychopath. Of course.

Capt Aclow said...

Great post, Chez. And of course, even ignoring the fact that this guy is a blond blue-eyed Christian extremist, the openly ignored truth is simply this:

The world could literally go broke attempting to have a zero-failure rate against stopping isolated crazy person rampages.

Every penny in the fucking world could be spent on trying to stop all random acts of violence and it wouldn't work. If we can get politicians to stop pretending it would, maybe we can come up with sane policies that maximize safety in a fiscally reasonable way. (heh... yeah, right)

Too Soon said...

Is it just me, or does the Norwegian mass-murderer look like the love child of Conrad Bain and Martina Navratilova?

Pasta65 said...

Jennifer Rubin is to the Post what Megan McArdle is to the Atlantic.

Useless, clueless and completely wrong all the time.

Luke Weiss said...

what a fucking goon.

em said...

"Is it just me, or does the Norwegian mass-murderer look like the love child of Conrad Bain and Martina Navratilova?"

Throw in a little bit of David Duchovny there and I agree completely.

TheReaperD said...

"Still wanna call for a war against those kinds of people: crazy, violent, white Christians?"

I could be down for that. ;)

kanye said...

Rjøcky Horror - A Creationist

Anonymous said...

As far as al-Qaeda being on the run . . . where have they run too? Pakistan maybe? America? Likely.

As for the war on terror and defense cuts, perhaps it's time we read the doctrines of those we are fighting. Do we know our enemy? The media, universities and even western leaders continue to insist that Islam is the religion of peace. Let's allocate our crumbling funds toward awareness, at the very least, if we're going to pull our troops.

As far as the Oslo situation. We could say that Christianity doesn't mandate this act. The doctrines don't insist upon jihad. This is one bad apple. Christianity (the verses did not support the crusades or the inquisitions)is the religion of peace. This time what sounds like propoganda will actually be the truth.

My thoughts and best wishes go out to Norway . . .

Anonymous said...

No, he looks like Assange's brother.

Chez said...

Anon 8:01, both religions are rooted in a complete lack of reason and probable fact; both constitute silly superstition that should be outdated by now throughput civilized society; and each, if adhered to strongly, has the potential of being defended violently. It's 2011 -- when are we finally going to get past our embrace of nonsense?

Chez said...

*provable. Auto-correct.

Miafocus said...

Chez,

(I'm anon 8:01)

We can't stop people from being religious. Some of these doctrines have been around for thousands of years and they're not going anywhere. The only way we can arm ourselves is to, at least, understand what's being mandated by the various texts.

Zöph said...

what makes it even worse is that in many european countries -- with the telling exception of norway itself -- news broadcasts, newspapers in their online editions, political scientists, and other "experts" made the same assumptions immediately, despite norwegian police and officials keeping unusually quiet in the immediate aftermath of the bombing and the killing spree.
one very levelheaded journalist wrote in a column about the knee-jerk reaction to blame muslim fundamentalists roughly the following:
"a terror-'expert' said that in internet forums islamists were rejoicing about this horrible thing because if the perpetrator in fact turned out to be an islamist, it would be a great propaganda victory for islamists.
in reality, it is a great propaganda victory precisely because it was NOT an islamist. not just because he probably was a christian fundamentalist but because reactions and reflexes show how much al qaida managed to manipulate our way of thinking. it is a perverse kind of victory for them if people automatically blame every attack on them, when the media immediately feel the need to list the possible reasons for them to attack a country such as norway, and how big the threat is. the goal of terrrorism is to spread fear and dread. they don't even have to plant the bombs themselves to achieve it."

Zöph said...

oh, and by the way, the media coverage comes extremely close to a bit on a german tv show wich satirizes the media and media personalities. in that bit a reporter's answer to being asked about possible causes for a disaster is: "al qaida. everything else would be pure speculation at this point."