by John Hawkins | July 14, 2010 3:28 pm
One of the more bizarre tics of liberal thinking on foreign policy is that they believe everyone in the world is basically just like us. They believe they have roughly the same hopes, dreams, concerns and way of looking at the world. So, since they believe they think the way we do, they seem to believe they can be intimidated the same way as so many of us are — by playing the race card:
An US administration official said al-Qaeda was racist and used black Africans as “cannon fodder”.
In an interview on South African television, Mr Obama said: “What you’ve seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organisations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself.
“They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents, without regard to long-term consequences, for their short-term tactical gains.”
An administration official went further, saying that the Ugandan attacks show that “al-Qaeda is a racist organisation that treats black Africans like cannon fodder and does not value human life”
What’s next? Are they going to accuse them of hating the poor? Maybe they can file a nuisance lawsuit against Al-Qaeda. That’ll show ’em! Perhaps this sounds a little nebulous and nuanced, but here’s just something pathetic about looking at irredeemably evil people who’re living lives dedicated to terrorism, murder, and oppression, and choosing, “You’re a racist” as your shot across their bow.
It’s like the Left has to come up with some reason besides the fact that Al-Qaeda killed almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 to hate them. “Sure, they killed a lot of Americans, and that was bad — I guess. But, these guys are racists? Well, that’s going too far! Now we have a reason to fight them!”
It reminds me of an argument Jonah Goldberg made about hypocrisy,
Hypocrisy is bad, but it’s not the worst vice in the world. If I declared “murder is wrong” and then killed somebody, I would hope that the top count against me would be homicide, not hypocrisy. Liberal elites – particularly in Hollywood – believe that hypocrisy is the gravest sin in the world, which is why they advocate their own lifestyles for the entire world: Sleep with whomever you want, listen to your own instincts, be true to yourself, blah, blah, blah. Our fear of hypocrisy is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony.
In Al-Qaeda’s case, I’d hope the fact that they’re the terrorist organization responsible for 9/11 is the “top count” against them, not the fact that they may also be racists.
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