August 31, 2010

There's that word "moderate" again

Just when you think the Ruling Class boneheads can't get any goofier, along comes NBC's Richard Engel. Now, here and elsewhere, I've asked numerous "progressives" why [Ground Zero mosque chief] Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a "moderate" to them, but, for instance, evangelist Pat Robertson is a "radical extremist." I've yet to get an answer. Really. The question is just outright ignored.

So, back to Engel: He claims that Saddam Hussein was -- wait for it! -- becoming "more moderate."

If there had been no invasion Saddam would still be in power. He was probably getting more moderate. He was being welcomed into the, into, by, by a lot of European countries, he was being welcomed in Eastern Europe in particular. He was heading in a, in a direction of accommodation. The, the sanctions regime that was holding in place was starting to fail. So I think he would, it would be somewhat of a basket case but it would still, it would be - Iran would be a lot more contained. So it would be a dictatorship that was trying to break out of its box but Iran would not be as dangerous as it is, as it is today.

Engel, an admitted pacifist who believes "war should be illegal," is probably not the best person to weigh in on this. Nevertheless, is this the infamous "bigotry of low expectations" being applied to (now) Muslims? I mean, by Saddam supposedly becoming more "moderate," does Engel mean he "cut in half the reasons for which he tortured people?" I know it sounds facetious, but "progressives" have lauded Imam Rauf's "moderation" constantly during the Ground Zero mosque debate.

Refusing to dub Hamas as a terrorist organization is "moderate?" Saying the US was an accessory to 9/11 is "moderate?" Saying that the US's response to the 9/11 attacks "could be considered 'jihad'" is "moderate?" Calling the [pre-war] US-led sanctions against Iraq the equivalent of al Qaeda terrorism is "moderate?"

Keep all this in mind the next time a "progressive" labels a conservative/Republican a "radical" or an "extremist." Either the lefty will be made to look like an idiot (not hard, mind you), or he'll have to admit his bigoted belief that Muslims are incapable of achieving Western standards of "moderation."

Posted by Hube at August 31, 2010 04:11 PM | TrackBack

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