Friday, January 30, 2009

Krauthammer on Obama's interview with al-Arabiya

I don't know where to start with Krauthammer's incredibly slanted piece in today's WaPo . . . and to be honest, I've better and more important things to do. But if I might address just one point. CK asserts:

In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on Earth. Why are we apologizing? . . . . In these seven years since Sept. 11 -- seven years during which thousands of Muslims rioted all over the world (resulting in the death of more than 100) to avenge a bunch of cartoons -- there's not been a single anti-Muslim riot in the United States to avenge the massacre of 3,000 innocents.

The US's altruism, of course - at least in CK's mind - includes our "liberation" of both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he gloats about how there were no anti-Muslim riots in the US after 9-11. Well, Charles, how about instead:

  • How in the months and years following 9-11, the FBI and local police swept up hundreds of alleged "terrorists" or "terrorist sympathizers" into jails across the US - and the CIA did the same across the world - to detain, maltreat, sometimes torture them - and the vast majority of them, we now know, had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11 or terrorism.
  • How in the months after 9-11 the Bush administration ramped up the fear and anger of our fellow citizens to inspire the need for "payback" - to be exacted from the people of Iraq, who had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11, but upon whom the US exacted vengeance, to the tune of hundreds of thousands killed and maimed, millions driven from their homes.

I don't know about you, Mr. Krauthammer, but that's anti-Muslim "riot" enough for me.

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