We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed'' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests', I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
Barry Goldwater. Quote borrowed from Samizdata. I hope they don't mind.
As a high school junior I was also a Goldwater campaighn worker...surprise anyone? Barry was, until old age and senility took over a man with a great plan. The other day I excoriated Bill Moyers for the infamous "Daisy Commercial" which was aimed directly at Goldwater and showerd a little girl picking pedals from a flower and counting and that morphed inot a countdown and then the picture of an atomic explosion. Moyers is a bastard. LBJ of course micro managed a war we could have easily won...even according to Gen Giap.
This from Dr. Sanity via American Thinker on who screwed up Islam's phobia of the West is.
A SERIOUS CASE OF WESTOPHOBIA
Nowadays, organizations like CAIR descend on anyone who has the temerity to say anything even remotely negative about Islam, solemnly pronouncing such behavior as Islamophobic.
So, how come this sort of thing--which is actually much more pervasive in the Islamic world than any bad attitude toward Islam is in the West-- is never labeled as being westophobic or americaphobic?
A phobia is defined as... “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation."
And, as I discussed in this post, fear of the fanatics of Islam is far from irrational:
...being afraid of "the religion of peace" after the innumerable acts of violence, terror and depravity committed in the name of Allah is not exaggerated; not inexplicable; and most certainly not illogical.
What the OIC is exhibiting is a sort of meta-Islamophobia--an Islamophobicphobia, to be precise; or, as I would define it, " an exaggerated, usually inexplicable and illogical fear of mere criticism of Islam, as well as a pathological reluctance to hold it to account for the actions and behavior of its followers."
There is much written both in the Middle East and in the West about the proposition that Islam is "under siege" and that hatred of Islam is a rising concern. This has been repeated frequently particularly since the global war on terror (which actually is a global war on Islamic fanatiacism). Those who decry this reality are not only reluctant to admit that the wave of terror and irrational hatred sweeping the world is specifically associated with the religion of Islam; they simultaneously blame the victims of the terror and the objects of the irrational hatred as the one's responsible for its existence. Islam is given a free pass and the shouts of "God is Great" that precede the latest atrocity apparently have nothing to do with what is written in the Koran.
It is getting harder and harder to keep a straight face as the knee-jerk denial and sanctimonious utterings of organizations like CAIR and the OIC fill the news media on a daily basis.
Islamophobia? Anyone who by now has not realized that Islam has given carte blanche to the fanatics in its midst is either completely out of touch with reality, or living on another planet (e.g., planet Hollywood, or planet Marx).
And yet, their own phobia about the West, America, and Israel,which has gone far beyond anything a civilized person could say was reasonable, is completely paranoid and psychotic.
As with all paranoia and projection, you can easily figure out the hidden psychological agenda that is behind an accusation that "U.S. Civilization Feeds on Human Blood".
Read this; consider the daily spectacles we see of Islam's 'best and brightest' blowing themselves to smithereens; or persecuting/beheading infidels wherever they find them; or oppressing 50% of their own muslim population--that is, when they aren't killing each other for imperceptible (to anyone else) "deviations" in Islamic thought.
Then ask yourself which civilization is actively feeding on human blood, and at the same time sees itself as holy, virtuous, and pure?
The Islam practiced or encouraged todayby many of the world's muslims is not so much a religion as it is a cult of death worshippers. At least being a Christian or a Jew is not fundamentally incompatible with life, freedom, dignity, and compassion for one's fellow human beings.
But then, projection, paranoia, and psychological denial all are nurtured by the worse aspects of human nature and are behind most of the horrifically bloody episodes that punctuate human history.
Any fear the West may be developing toward Islam and the fanatics who would like to force it down the throats of everyone--or else, is hardly inexplicable; and--so far at least--our response to their brutality has been incredibly restrained , bordering on outright appeasement because we still believe that they can be reasoned with.
But reason is useless when phobia morphs into a paranoid psychosis; and the murderous/bloody behavior will only escalate--along with the bizarre and unreal rhetoric-- as attempts to disguise one's own true nature and motivations become more and more desperate.
UPDATE: John R. Thompson has this to say:
Throughout most of the Muslim world, in madrassas and mosques, in the press and on television, with hardly a voice countering the calumnies, the United States is charged, tried and convicted as the world’s modern leader in genocide aimed at Muslims. President Bush, supported by his accomplice Israel, supposedly leads this Muslim massacre.
America is berated for heinous crimes, minimizing whatever may have been done by the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and, currently, Sudanese President and Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir.
This propaganda campaign seeks to distract the world’s attention from the real murderers, the true ethnic and religious cleansers. For the truth is, the perpetrators to an overwhelming degree are the Muslims themselves.
Simultaneously, the accusations are calculated to inflame the credulous Arab/Muslim street, in order to justify murderous Muslim terrorism, to recruit gullible suicide bombers and to attract covert support from Saudi Arabia, once a stalwart U.S. ally.