Friday, November 21, 2003

they can't see past their own hate! 

Progressives for anything but Bush:
There was thus much in President Bush's very radical analysis, not least on the rights of women, that any serious British progressive - and even some protesters - might support. So far, however, he has not persuaded many of them to change their minds. It confirms our belief that the anti-Westernism of many Left-wingers trumps all other values in which they profess to believe. No matter: if he continues on this course, Mr Bush should create new realities on the ground among the "wretched of the earth'', as assuredly as Ronald Reagan did when he asserted his belief that the peoples of eastern Europe need not be consigned to despotism for ever.
Go read the whole column in the Telegraph.

Or how about this report from France:
The Chief Rabbi of France, Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, called on that country's Jewish community to wear baseball caps instead of skullcaps while not in their homes, in order "to prevent being attacked in the street." Daily newspaper Le Parisien reported in its Wednesday edition that Sitruk made the comments Tuesday in an interview on Radio Shalom, a Jewish community radio station.

Rabbi Sitruk's comments came three days after a Jewish school on the outskirts of Paris was the subject of an anti-Semitic arson attack. "I do not want young people traveling alone on trains or the Metro to become easy targets for attackers," he said. "Covering one's head is an important religious dictate, which should not be overlooked. On the contrary, today, more than ever, the Jewish community cannot shut itself off in a ghetto; it should be open, at
ease and safe."
Imagine if C.A.I.R. had to issue a warning to Muslims to cover their beards or not even go into the subway system in New York City. What kind of media frenzy would this cause? How would civil society be stirred up in order to protect the rights of Muslims?

Yet we continue to pretend that France, like the rest of Europe, is the home of a more enlightened, principled people.

At least they have passports!

Both links via Andrew Sullivan.
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