January 17, 2007
D'Souza Agrees With Bin LadenShorter Dinesh D'Souza: I agree with Bin Laden on the corrosive depravity of the "cultural left". It's what caused him to attack us on 9/11, so we must pacify him and other extremists like him by being more conservative.
And yet it is we the left who are guilty of appeasement? Besides, can somebody explain to me how the unpatriotic, treasonous left is the terrorists' best friend if they hate us?
Stephen Colbert smacks this unmitigated stupidity hard, and it's awfully difficult not to take pleasure in watching it here:
Colbert: I agree with you. There are some good ideas these guys [the terrorists] have. This is what you’re saying, that there are some parts of our culture that are corrosive, and you agree with some of the things that they’re saying.Steve Benen weighs in:
I have to admit, most Americans tend to disagree with the radical ideology of the Islamic terrorists who slaughter the innocent. It’s refreshing to see a celebrated conservative ideologue stand up and explain how and why al Qaeda might be right.Indeed. And as Steve pointed out in the same post, D'Souza is not alone in thinking this way. The likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have made a cottage industry of demonizing the left even before 9/11.
Frankly, conservatives should be insulted if they think about it. D'Souza is suggesting that their ideology aligns naturally with that of terrorists and that their real enemy are their fellow Americans who belong to the cultural left.
Timothy Noah sums up what D'Souza gets so wrong:
We didn't have it coming. The left had it coming! D'Souza and his comrades at the Hoover Institution were just innocent bystanders! [...]More at Think Progress.
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