A very good piece (as usual).
I agree that some on the left have been slow to get past a hypersensitive multiculturalism and defend liberal truths about human rights. But it's hard to believe that that's the main battlefield in winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.
I have also observed the remarkable tendency of left/liberal Americans and Europeans to excuse the behavior of the more radical/political elements of the Islamic community ("of course I don't agree with them, but ...", often followed by some talk about the "Religous Right") and to casitigate as bigots those in the West who criticize these radical/political Muslims
[snark] Okay, you're a bigot. [/endsnark]
You're right-- Fallaci appears not to even have a good cause.
and determining that the violence is caused by their religion and not by their circumstances
SG, who are the muslims killing people in Ireland? In Rwanda? In 1940s Germany? In 19th century United States and Australia? In Armenia? The Ukraine? Southern Egypt? The Congo? Chile? Nicaragua? Belize? North Korea? Which muslims were responsible for Pol Pot? for the destruction of colonization in Africa and Asia? for the Conquistadors of South America?
because there really isn't a rational argument to have with irrational bigots
Early in the program [honoring the 50th anniversary of the store's founding] California's state librarian, Kevin Starr, awarded [co-founder] Ferlinghetti the state's Gold Medal, which comes with $100,000 prize. "I'm Kevin Starr, I am from the government, and I am going to help you," he announced, on a day that was as much about laughter as about serious threats to free speech. He read a proclamation recognizing City Lights and Ferlinghetti's decades of "constant and unselfish" promotion of writers. "What we have in this man and this building is more than a business enterprise," Starr told the crowd. "City Lights is a physical embodiment of the First Amendment." . . .
Ferlinghetti told PW that the need to fight for free speech and for places committed to that fight are even more important today. "In these days when community is hard to find, when Uncle Dan Rather is more familiar than your own uncle, the situation for civil rights is much worse than it was in the '50s," he said. He referred to the U.S.A. Patriot Act and a state of national paranoia imposed by the regime of "George the Second," as he calls President Bush. . . .
Another revolutionary idea was City Lights' famously stocked periodical rack. "We have a policy of stocking everything from the far left to the far right on the same rack," Ferlinghetti told PW.
"By 1957 Ferlinghetti's presence in the San Francisco literary scene was securely established -- as a champion of experimental literature, revolutionary politics, free speech and civil liberties, as a best-selling poet, aspiring painter and serenely successful businessman, and as a supporter of his fellow poets - paying book royalties on time, forwarding mail, encouraging their creative projects."
"City Lights is a physical embodiment of the First Amendment."
"We have a policy of stocking everything from the far left to the far right on the same rack,
as a champion of experimental literature, revolutionary politics, free speech and civil liberties
It is not necessary for a bookstore devoted to principles of freedom of speech to carry books from all political perspectives (they are free to do so or not).
But if you had asked me before Seipp's article which was the country's leading free speech bookstore, I would have said City Lights.
Accordingly, the "hook" for Seipp's piece has a solid basis.
Do you share that view, or are you basically happy with the way our government has conducted itself in recent years?
The point is not that women and gays stand at the forefront of enlightened and intelligent responses to radical Islamists. Women and gays are as confused about radical Islam as most people in the West.
But to write an entire op-ed in the LA Times that singles out "women and gays" as the main culprits in coddling radical Islam - and to call it "one of the greatest paradoxes of our time" - is downright bizarre.
Hmm -- being "anti-Muslim" (or, if we're talking about Cathy, being hostile to radical Islam and political Islam, which Cathy is careful to stress) is "racist," presumably since Islam is a race. Okay then.
It's widely speculated that in the event of a nuclear attack, Israel would respond with nuclear weaponry against the entire Arab region.
Wow, what do you do? Make things up as you go along, and then attribute those things to others, and then attack them? I guess that has a certain circular symmetry to it, at least.
You speak of the hypocrisy of the City Lights bookstore claiming to be champions of free speech. When did they claim that? I must have missed that in the article about which we are writing.
If others thought of them as progressive, that's the opinion of others.
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Leave it to be said that Israel has a very capable military in its own right and the paradigm of mutually-assured destruction is [as] applicable to Iran.
"I have explicitly said multiple times that I wish to avoid it [genocide]"
"Rage and Pride, her "anti-extremist" book, claims that there is a "Muslim conspiracy" to conquor Europe, and that "almost all" Muslims have a hand in the conspiracy. I suppose the Protocals of the Elders of Zion was simply "anti-extremist Jew".
Muslims accomplish this conquering, she states, simply by immigration - thus all those immigrants to Europe (think hispanic immigrants in the US) are there to take over Europe."
"I forgot my favorite Fallaci line:
"Muslims have orders to multiply like rats."
"With over a billion Muslims in the world, if the majority weren't moderate, peace-loving folks, you'd be dead now. "