Monday, July 18, 2005


From Iraq is the Model (English is his second language.):
Sadly, some stand reluctant and [are] afraid [...] that calling things with their real names might approximate them with the side they oppose politically.

This kind of people usually find it easier to blame America or the Iraqi government as that would preserve their pride, and all we hear are things like "there would have been no terrorism if there were no Americans in Iraq...bla bla bla".

They hate to admit the fact that terrorism existed in Iraq long before America came to Iraq; terrorism and the regime were one hand committing a genocide against the people of Iraq, only it was broader and crueler than today's war but the difference is that no one could hear of that genocide; concrete walls and basements that housed countless torture chambers and the bodies were buried in secrecy and under the cover of the night. (The full post)
Is he writing there about the general anti-American prejudice and ignorance of the Arab street or the prejudice and ignorance typical to American progressives?

After September 11, 2001, a horrible date in our history when close to 3,000 people perished, Americans once again came shining through; there was a rejuvenation of the American spirit as we responded with patriotism, anger, and a determination to make sure such an attack would never happen again. We were reminded of every reason why we should be proud and protective of this country.

The reaction on our campuses, however, was quite different, with an amazing refusal by both students and professors to recognize right and wrong, good and evil. It gave average Americans a shockingly clear picture of the effects of moral relativism at institutions ranging from the local community college through four-year state colleges to the most prestigious universities. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a nonprofit group dedicated to academic freedom, reported on a whole host of extraordinarily revealing comments made by faculty and staff at respected universities across the country. If you’re wondering what mentality drives those who have been charged with developing and molding the minds of the next generation, here are some examples:

“Anybody who can blow up the Pentagon gets my vote.” —professor of history, University of New Mexico

“[W]e should be aware that, whatever its proximate cause, its ultimate cause is the fascism of U.S. foreign policy over the past many decades.” —professor of English, Rutgers University

“[The American flag is] a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and oppression.” —professor of physics, University of Massachusetts—Amherst

“{I]magine the real suffering and grief of people in other countries. The best way to begin a war on terrorism might be to look in the mirror.” —professor of anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

These comments fairly represent an Intellectual Elite that is completely out of touch with the attitudes and values of the average person in this country. When faced with a monumental tragedy, those in charge of higher learning exposed their moral vacancy by blaming America first. The Left are no longer able to see the simplest of truths embodied by 9/11: America stands for progress, equity, and
freedom. We educate people (both men and women, thank you), help make dreams for the future come true, and create a society in which individuals can thrive. Radical Islamists, as a cultural phenomenon, cut people’s throats [including charity worker's], destroy buildings, murder huge numbers of people, and condemn the future. Anti-Americanism persists, in the face of such obvious signs of right and wrong, because it is a requirement of moral relativism. If a student, or any one else, is to be successfully indoctrinated with the idea that all cultures and ideas are equal, then pride and loyalty to our nation, her past, and our heroes be comes anathema and must be eradicated. The special history, achievement, and greatness of America prove, simply by counterpoint, the existence of good and evil, right and wrong. Our history and accomplishments are the antithesis to the moral relativism of which today’s professors are so enamored.
(The Death of Right and Wrong (Random House: 2003)
By Tammy Bruce :159-161)

In a way it is a backhanded complement to America that the usual Leftist egalitarians feel the need to bring America down. If it did not stand for higher principles then moral degenerates would not need to bring it down for the sake of equality.

Perhaps America does not hold principles as high as it should all the time, indeed it cannot. Yet it often holds them higher than the supposed "world opinion" that progressives are so fond of trying to hide themselves in.

(I know a watchful fellow who seems concerned with world opinion and saftey. Saftey first!)

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