Monday, February 20, 2006
Al Gore at the Jiddah Economic Forum
Right-wing pundits like Cal Thomas and Michelle Malkin are propping up support for some sort of "Sedition Act" because of Gore's comments. As usual, these pundits take snippets of what was said and use them in the context that suits them best. I will do the same.
Here is a sample of what is being said:
Last Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore spoke before the Jiddah Economic Forum. He told the mostly Saudi audience that the United States had committed "terrible atrocities" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He stated that Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and detained in "unforgivable conditions." He criticized America's new immigration policy, which more carefully scrutinizes Saudi visas, explaining, "The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake." Finally, he concluded, "There have been terrible abuses, and it's wrong. ... I want you to know that it does not represent the desires or wishes or feelings of the majority of the citizens of my country."
These are outrageous statements. And the silence from the left is deafening. The Democratic National Committee told me that they had not released a statement regarding Gore's speech and had no plans to do so. The New York Times editorial board, the official outlet of the American left, wrote nary a word about the speech.
It is now considered bad form to criticize those who commit seditious acts against the United States. Challenging the patriotism of a traitor draws more ire than engaging in treasonable activities. Calling out those who undermine our nation creates more of a backlash than actually undermining our nation.
Let us consider, however, the probable consequences of Gore's mea culpa on behalf of the "majority" of his countrymen. No doubt his words will fuel the massive tide of propaganda spewing forth from Muslim dictatorships around the globe. No doubt his words will be used to bolster the credibility of horrific disinformation like the Turkish-made, Gary-Busey-and-Billy Zane-starring monstrosity "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," which accuses American troops of war atrocities and depicts a Jewish-American doctor (Busey) slicing organs out of Arab victims and shipping the body parts off to New York, London and Israel. No doubt Gore's speech will precipitate additional violence against Americans in Iraq and around the globe.
And Gore is not alone. Much of the language of the "loyal opposition" has been anything but loyal. In September 2002, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) called President Bush a liar on Saddam Hussein's turf, then added that Hussein's regime was worthy of American trust. On "Face the Nation" back in December, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) stated that American troops were "going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the -- of, of, of historical customs, religious customs ..." Howard Dean, the head of the DNC, averred in December that the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong."
At some point, opposition must be considered disloyal. At some point, the American people must say "enough." At some point, Republicans in Congress must stop delicately tiptoeing with regard to sedition and must pass legislation to prosecute such sedition.
Now, without a transcript and seeing these quotes in context, they are basically useless, but i'll address each one quickly.
1. The United States had committed "terrible atrocities" against Arabs.
Well, this is kind of easy. Torture might be considered a "terrible atrocity".
2. He stated that Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and detained in "unforgivable conditions."
Well, once again...kinda easy. The U.S. can hold anyone for however long they want and
never charge them with a crime. Sounds pretty indiscriminate to me. As far as "unforgivable
conditions", well, you've seen the photos.
I don't know about Visas, but I know one thing for certain...One of America's great patriots, Al Gore, is being slandered by the right for simply speaking the truth.
This is America, fuckers! Do you actually think that Al Gore speaking about "atrocities" is worse than commiting these atrocities? Those who support George Bush and his Cabal are the real traitors. Traitors to the rule of law. Haters of the Constitution. Slandering liars who will do anything to hold on to power.
History will not look kindly upon you and your like. And America may never live down the shame that you and your tiny minds have brought on her. Shame on you.