Monday, October 16, 2006
a long time ago, we used to be friends:
Not really. But I see through the wilds of the blogosphere -- that is, from Julian -- that Dinesh D'Souza has a new book forthcoming. It's called The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. And here I was thinking that was al-Qaeda! Why didn't I suspect that it was Stanley Fish, Judith Butler and Joe Eszterhas. It was all right there in the 9/11 Commission Report!

So, according to Random House, here's the book's argument:
D’Souza shows that liberals—people like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Bill Moyers, and Michael Moore—are responsible for fostering a culture that angers and repulses not just Muslim countries but also traditional and religious societies around the world. Their outspoken opposition to American foreign policy—including the way the Bush administration is conducting the war on terror—contributes to the growing hostility, encouraging people both at home and abroad to blame America for the problems of the world. He argues that it is not our exercise of freedom that enrages our enemies, but our abuse of that freedom—from the sexual liberty of women to the support of gay marriage, birth control, and no-fault divorce, to the aggressive exportation of our vulgar, licentious popular culture.

He's right! That's all totally in the '98 Declaration of War! Birth control! None of this shit about supporting Israel, the bombing of Iraq, the support for corrupt apostate Muslim regimes and other American activities in the Middle East. No-fault divorce! In fact, before his death, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi revealed that he was motivated by John Kerry's stem-cell-research advocacy! Don't get Zawahiri started on Terry Schiavo, either. (It turns out al-Qaeda is pretty OK with Mark Foley. Live and let live, you know?)

Once, when I was writing for New York Press, I went to hear D'Souza speak about his then-current book; I suppose it would have been around 2000. He didn't appear to me frivolous or venal. Was I wrong, or is this what happens when a new generation of Regnery authors emerges to locate the sources of evil in you and your friends and neighbors?
--Spencer Ackerman
Obviously they're pissed at us because of birth control and stuff. That's why Sweden is under such relentless assault from al-Qaeda, and why the recent Toronto subway bombings shouldn't surprise us that much.

Blogger lorax | 9:14 PM

I wonder if the book will get all those warbloggers to start going on about how "We are all lesbians now."
Blogger Neil Sinhababu | 11:27 PM

I suspect it is an infectious neurological condition, since they all seem to get the same symptoms. More to be pitied than censured, and all that, you know.
Blogger Robert the Red | 5:38 AM

Calling birth control an abuse of freedom? d'Souza's book sound more like it falls into the category of self-abuse more than anything else.
Blogger Unknown | 8:27 AM

Uh Lorax, I know you're being sarcastic but recently a large Toronto terrorist plot was broken up.
Blogger Jacob | 9:52 AM