Monday, June 06, 2005
People who no longer qualify as truly human.
Following a link from the folks at First Draft, we have Charles Krauthammer demonstrating just what sort of loathsome human being he is. I'm sure it's politically incorrect to say this but, after reading Krauthammer, you can almost understand what drives someone to be anti-Semitic.
THE INEVITABLE FOLLOWUP: Well, I just knew someone was going to miss the point here, so let's expand on the above, shall we?
So ... it's horribly unfair and unjust to generalize from the actions of a few assholes to their entire culture or religion or whatever, is it? Of course it is but, amazingly, that hasn't stopped a depressing number of people from looking at the actions of a few homicidal, radical, fundamentalist Muslims (see: 9/11) and cavalierly denigrating the entire, world-wide Muslim community, has it? And isn't that an uncomfortable parallel that I'm sure some folks don't want to talk about? But it doesn't stop there.
There's a certain irony, don't you think, in the fact that Jews (quite justifiably, I might add) want to make sure no one forgets the horrors of the Holocaust and the German concentration camps and yet a disturbing number of them don't seem to lose any sleep over the notion of an entire culture being rounded up, often on the flimsiest of pretexts, and incarcerated indefinitely behind barbed wire with no legal recourse, to be tortured and, in some cases, simply killed. That's some pretty selective outrage there, isn't it? But you missed the most important detail here.
It's not so much that one would use the single example of Charles Krauthammer to think badly of Jews. Rather, it's that his mean-spirited swill was published in the journal "Jewish World Review". So you can't just blow this off as one asshole being a bad example, as the first commenter suggests. No, you have to acknowledge that Krauthammer's vicious, anti-Muslim sentiments clearly represent a much larger number of people, if they're that happy to put his work before a larger audience. So the accusation of generalizing based on a single asshole really falls apart pretty badly, doesn't it?
Oh, by the way, just to make sure you know where I'm coming from, I absolutely agree that it's unfair to denigrate an entire category of people based on the actions of only a few of its members. I mean, to think that, say, conservatives would paint the entire Left as being in bed with terrorists, or treasonous, or soft on terrorism, or whatever. Whew ... it's a good thing conservatives are always so much more discerning than that, isn't it?
TUESDAY MORNING ADDITION: Well, it seems I'm not the only one a bit unimpressed with Krauthammer's warped view of the world.
SATURDAY MORNING ADDITION: And a big howdy to the folks popping by from Rempelia Prime. Perhaps, unlike Mr. Rempel, you'll actually invest the time to read the whole thing (including the comments) to figure out what's going on here. I can always fantasize, can't I?