Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Did I Mention The Left Doesn't Get It?

As I pointed out yesterday, “conservatives are waking up just as the left becomes willfully blind.” Below I note a good book explaining Islamic terrorism reviewed in a conservative newspaper. On the other hand, Hollywood has a number of new films sympathetic to Islamic terrorism (hat tip LGF) or so says this article called “Films Show Terrorists as People.”

Actually, Hitler was a person, too, strictly speaking. But when it comes to such people, the question is not their species identity but their character identity. Of course, they are people, but what kind of people are they?

8 Comments:

Blogger beakerkin said...

Well I supose they could show Hitler loved the Bowery Boys films
( True not a Joke) this fact has zero to do with Genocidal mayhem.
What does Hollywood want to do next cast Ricky Martin as the Keystone Jihadist ?

When you get a chance you have got to see my blog ? Some comedic genius hacked my blog and placed the theme for the A Team in Spanish on my blog. I was going to delete it but it seems to be popular.

I prefer the B team Beamish , Beakerkin and Big Bubba

12/21/05, 9:49 PM  
Blogger zama202 said...

Hollywood is so divorced from reality, I feel that if Sadam decided to publish a children's book he would get a room full of celebrities screaming for clemency. I have not seen Speilberg's 'Munich', but from the preview that I have seen it looks like a disgrace. The Israeli asassains are depicted as morally uncertain and just as depraved as the Palestinians.

Muslims were at least presented as villians in some movies prior to 9/11 - 'True Lies' w/ Arnold, 'Executive Decision' w/ KurtRussel', 'The Siege' w/ Denzel (although this movie is sypathetic to the Islamofacists and actually portrays an American General as a villian). After 9/11, I can't name one film where Islamists are the enemy. If they are presented in anything other than a positive light, CAIR will go after them and give them a ton of bad PR; note the apology that Keifer Sutherland gave because of an episode of '24'.

It can you make you scream.

12/21/05, 10:25 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

zama202: "I have not seen Speilberg's 'Munich', but from the preview that I have seen it looks like a disgrace. The Israeli asassains are depicted as morally uncertain and just as depraved as the Palestinians."

I posted this link to a 12/20 post at Laurence Auster's blog on the Chesler thread at dhimmiwatch today:

What Spielberg's Munich tells us about Liberalism

Money quote:

"Modern liberalism had its genesis in the false insight that the essence of the Nazi genocide, and therefore the essence of evil itself, is intolerance and discrimination. This idea led to the conclusion that to spare the world from future genocides, intolerance and discrimination must be systematically eliminated. This not only means, as I have frequently pointed out, that our own nation and culture must be eliminated, since as a distinct and dominant culture it is by definition discriminatory against others. It also means that any notion of objective morality, and especially Christian morality, must be eliminated, because to believe in objective morality means to be judgmental and discriminatory against that which is seen as immoral. Under the modern liberal dispensation, traditional Western morality becomes the equivalent of Nazism.

Thus, in the act of articulating the ultimate evil, modern liberalism destroyed the very concept of evil, and with it, the very concept of good."

12/22/05, 11:14 AM  
Blogger cranky old fart said...

"This not only means, as I have frequently pointed out, that our own nation and culture must be eliminated...."

This is a big jump in logic from the stated premise that intolerance and discrimination are the cause of much evil in the world. Our nation and culture is supposed to be all about tolerance, freedom of expression, etc.

There are limits on these virtues that must be observed for the common good, of course, but that doesn't mean that the rational practice tolerance and discrimination are somehow an invitation to self destruction.

12/22/05, 2:38 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Jason,
You might want to read this one:

http://bassizzzt.blogspot.com/
2005/12/
connection-between-radical-islam-and.html

12/22/05, 3:45 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

cranky - I think what he's referring to there is the effects of wide open borders and unlimited immigration, in the absence of any demands for assimilation into the dominant culture (which sums up multiculturalism). And actually, many liberals WOULD like to see an end to nationalism altogether, so I don't think he's wrong to refer to the "elimination" of our nation and culture when liberalism is taken to its logical conclusion. That's what Auster is usually exploring in his posts - the consequences of liberalism taken to its logical ends.

12/22/05, 4:18 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Zama 202: Hollywood is so divorced from reality, I feel that if Sadam decided to publish a children's book he would get a room full of celebrities screaming for clemency.
No doubt! Let's see...Who would lead the screaming hordes of celebrities? So many Hollywood nut jobs to choose from! Beamish could probably give us the best answer on this one. And Spielberg could come out with another box office smash.

You're right, Jason. Species identity is simple to discern. And so is character: "By their fruits, ye shall know them."

Is the Left capable of "getting it"? I don't think so.

12/22/05, 7:36 PM  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Bassizzzt's summary of the left-Islamist alliance sums up what Horowitz calls The Unholy Alliance in his book of that name. A good summary, indeed.

Auster singles out the left-liberal from the far left. While there is a general moral equivalency and relativism among left-liberals, it manifests itself in a “don’t judge groups” type of mentality. Of course, epistemologically speaking, all concepts refer to groups of entities by their similar nature. The left is in effect sabotaging all thought, by the very nature of thought: concepts. And they can’t practice what they preach or they would be just as accepting of Republicans, conservatives, Christians and every other group that are far less intolerant than jihdaists. It’s interesting how moral relativism becomes a rejection of the good and an embrace of evil in the end.

12/23/05, 6:50 AM  

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