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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Just Too Funny: CAIR's tear after Christopher Hitchens (MUST READ!)


CAIR's Daily Whinogram just came in, and the CAIR bozos are beside themselves over remarks made by Christopher Hitchens in a Stanford University speech. Before P.C. takes it away, here is the article, which, of course, is not supportive of Hitchens. You can only wish to have been there to hear Hitchens.


RADICAL ISLAM CRITICIZED
Controversial writer Hitchens talks terror


BY JAMES HOHMANN,
STANFORD DAILY - May 10, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006


The West needs to take the threat of fundamentalist, militant Islam more seriously, controversial British commentator Christopher Hitchens told a predominately older audience at the Geology Corner auditorium last night. In an hour-and-a-half program, the liberal-socialist contrarian with a wry British wit and a sharp English tongue offered up barbs against Osama bin Laden, Muslims, liberals and Jacques Chirac. In an at-times rambling, back-and-forth exchange with audience members, Hitchens also denounced organized religion.

“You don’t have to be paranoid, racist or a bigot to take alarm,” he said. “There is a civil war within Islam. We are not in a war on terror. We cannot be at war with an expression.”

Hitchens, an editor for Vanity Fair, described himself as an atheist and issued a sharp rebuke of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

“Of course, he’s not a prophet,” he said. “He’s an epileptic plagiarist.”

He said the Quran — Islam’s holiest book — was full of “evil fairly tales” that were “unimaginably recycled.”

“It’s a boring plagiarism of the worst parts of Christianity and Judaism,” he added. Hitchens said he has personally expressed concern to British Prime Minister Tony Blair about Europe’s accommodation of radical Islam. He said that some Muslim leaders have said their growing population means they will eventually take control of Europe.

He said that the continent was more cognizant of the threat posed by fundamentalism in the past. But since the 1960s, he said, the United States has become the more mindful of the two.

“It was more widely, institutionally believed in Europe first that an accommodation with Islam was desirable because it forms a contiguous social and political block within Europe,” Hitchens said. “It’s now the Europeans who want to forget the long struggle against Islam, and the United States is relearning it.”

Hitchens criticized leftists who claim that the Bush administration is beholden to Middle Eastern oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia. He said that Bush went against the wishes of the Saudi royal family with the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq.

“If you can just pronounce the words blood and oil, people will applaud,” he said. Hitchens, who was and remains an ardent supporter of the war in Iraq, defended the Bush administration’s decision, adding that Saddam Hussein had been making the country less secular and reaching out to religious extremists. He said the criticisms of the “riff-raff calling itself the anti-war movement” are misplaced and reiterated that the American homeland remains at grave risk to terrorists.

Hitchens told the audience about recent meetings with European scholars concerned about the increasing pervasiveness of Islam on the continent. He said he has met with the editors of the Dutch newspapers who decided to print cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. In the Islamic faith, visually depicting the prophet is considered blasphemy. Some who subscribe to Sharia — Islamic law — believe it should be punished by death.

After the Dutch government declined to crack down on the freedom of the press, radical Muslim clerics sent their followers rioting in several Middle Eastern countries and through Europe. The conflagration event sent some shockwaves through the United States. Hitchens said that news editors were intimidated by threats from Muslims, even though they said they were not.

The speaker tried to assuage fears of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. While in no way apologetic for the regime, he noted that the Iranian president has no power compared to the religious theocratic leadership.

“The situation has been let to rot until there are almost no good choices,” he said. “They have no interest in using their weapons for a preemptive strike because it would literally be the last thing they did.”

Through most of his speech, the zaftig Hitchens gripped onto his sports coat as a child would a blanket. He gulped down two full bottles of water. At the beginning of the event, he warned that it could not go too late because he did not want to miss cocktail hour. As he became restless toward the end of a long question-and-answer session, he pulled out and began chomping on a cigarette.

He invited the audience to join him at the corner of the Quad for a smoke. More than a dozen people followed him outside and spent more than 15 minutes criticizing, verbally prodding and questioning him.

“I can simmer down and have a smoke outside,” he told the audience before exiting. “And anyone can say what they’d like.”

Article URL: http://www.stanforddaily.com/tempo?page=content&repository=0001_article&id=20434

3 Comments:

  • At Thu May 11, 06:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger Eleanor © said…

    Hitchens must have struck a nerve, and as he won't be silenced, at least they make him out to be a fop and a fool.

     
  • At Fri May 12, 10:07:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…

    Hitchens is an acerbic curmudgeon, and I love so much of what he says. He has the temerity to speak his mind. It is also interesting that he shifted from being a leftie to being more a libertarian (small "l"). I found little I could disagree with in this Stanford article, that is, with what Hitchens said. That it pissed off CAIR was a bonus.

     
  • At Fri May 12, 11:56:00 PM PDT, Blogger Bushwack said…

    I have not really paid much attention to this man, I might now. Anyone who can step into the belly of the beast so to speak and say what the world needs to hear is allright by me.

     

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