Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Day on the Huffington Post

A couple of articles that I thought you might want to know about on the Huffington Post, deviating from our usual subject matter.

The first is an article by John Feffer who thinks that America is a serial killer:
"Like Dexter [from the TV show], the United States was baptized in blood —the slaughter of Native Americans, the enslavement of Africans — and has been steeped in blood ever since....The United States, in its last flush of unipolar glory, fears the same ending should it suddenly adhere to international law. With its expanded drone program, the Obama administration has kept America’s serial killer persona on the air for too long. More and more Americans are just saying no, as Medea Benjamin chronicles in her new book on drones. It’s time for the United States to stop breaking bad and behave like a proper, law-abiding member of the international community."
Meanwhile in the religion section John Esposito criticizes Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in probably the most roundabout way possible, if you can even call it that:
 "Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have made significant headway in the rapid development of their countries in many areas. In recent years, the Saudis have launched a series of reforms including some religious reforms to reining in religious militants and preachers And King Abdullah has joined other government leaders like those of Morocco, Turkey and Jordan in promoting inter-religious dialogue internationally, including the opening of a center for interfaith dialogue in Austria.
"Kuwait, in contrast to Saudi Arabia, has been seen as a somewhat more open and liberalizing country politically, socially and religiously, including in contrast to Saudi Arabia permitting the building of churches. Regrettably, recent religious decisions in both countries are unfortunate reminders about the hurdles and pitfalls in the implementation of religious reform."
America is a serial killer but Saudi Arabia has some "unfortunate problems." Just another day on the Huffington Post.

2 comments:

  1. Time for John Feffer, John Esposito, Juan Cole, Karen Armstrong and that whole crowd to move to Saudi Arabia, or Kuwait, or some other Islamic paradise. If the United States is so terrible, and these other countries so wonderful, it should be a no-brainer.

    The fact that they stay here to laud other countries and criticize ours says everything, doesn't it?

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  2. I've begun reading Richard Hofstader's "The Paranoid Style of American Politics" and other essays. Hofstader was writing about the far right in the 1950's and 1960's but it is astonishing how well he was describing the far left of today. I would highly recommend anyone read it for an understanding of the seething paranoid hatred coming from the antisemitc left.

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