Ann Coulter vs. One Billion ArabsWritten by Scott C. Smith
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And let’s not forget Ann’s most infamous column, from Sept. 12, 2001. At end of that column, she says, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.”
Call me crazy, but I get impression that Arabs and/or Muslims are not Ann’s favorite people.
For instance, in an interview with Guardian of London newspaper on May 17, 2003, Coulter said, “This is my idea…I think airlines ought to start advertising: 'We have most civil rights lawsuits brought against us by Arabs.’” Oh, man, Ann, my sides are splitting! In fact, as a solution for Muslims to use air travel, Coulter offers helpfully, “They could use flying carpets!”
Flying carpets! Brilliant! Ann, you know, if whole racist pundit thing ever comes to an end, you’ll have a career in stand-up comedy.
We know Ann hates liberals, and it’s pretty clear she hates Muslims. And, apparently, Scientologists. I don’t know what Ann likes. My guess will have to be, hearing her voice. Or Sean Hannity’s voice.
About author: Scott C. Smith is a freelance writer from Beaverton, Oregon. Scott’s column, What’s In Scott’s Head, appears at several progressive web sites, including Democratic Underground, The Smirking Chimp, Op Ed News, and Counter Bias. Scott also writes for his web site, at http://www.scottcsmith.net
Scott C. Smith is a freelance writer from Beaverton, Oregon. Scott’s column, "What’s In Scott’s Head," appears at several progressive web sites, including the Democratic Underground, The Smirking Chimp, Op Ed News, and Counter Bias. Scott also writes for his web site, at http://www.scottcsmith.net
The Politics of TortureWritten by Scott C. Smith
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I don’t know if these conservatives were praying or rubbing a lucky rabbit’s foot, but it appears they got their wish on May 11, when horrifying footage of murder of Nick Berg was released to world. Since most conservatives are intellectually dishonest, they needed something to misdirect their audience’s attention from Abu Ghraib photographs. Conservatives like Michael Reagan condemned Democrats for “politicizing” Abu Ghraib photographs. Only now conservatives have politicized Nick Berg photographs, as a counter to what happened at Abu Ghraib.
Indeed, now people like Sean Hannity could make an apples-and-oranges comparison to what happened at Abu Ghraib to what happened to Nick Berg.
On May 12 Hannity and Colmes, Sean Hannity made case: “We’ve learned difference between mistreatment, which is wrong, and atrocities. Because this is an atrocity what they did to this guy (Berg).” See? While “mistreatment” of prisoners is bad, it’s not as bad as an American being killed by terrorists. Guest Oliver North did his best to minimize what had happened at Abu Ghraib: “…for 13 or 14 days now, all we have seen on front pages of America's newspapers is a group of obviously twisted young people with leashes and weird sex acts, kind of thing that you might find on any college campus nowadays, being perpetrated by people in uniform.”
Obviously there’s a difference in volunteering for a hazing ritual and being forced to participate. I think North is hoping audience isn’t paying attention. And yes, what happened to Nick Berg was horrible, but his death shouldn’t be used as a way to minimize abuse at Abu Ghraib or dismiss it as much ado about nothing. One thing we can count on is conservatives using Nick Berg’s death for their own political gain.
About author: Scott C. Smith is a freelance writer from Beaverton, Oregon. Scott’s columns have appeared at Democratic Underground and The Smirking Chimp web sites. In addition to his weekly column, Scott writes for his web magazine, What’s in Scott’s Head, at http://www.scottcsmith.net.
Scott C. Smith is a freelance writer from Beaverton, Oregon. Scott’s columns have appeared at the Democratic Underground and The Smirking Chimp web sites. In addition to his weekly column, Scott writes for his web magazine, What’s in Scott’s Head, at http://www.scottcsmith.net.