Friday, August 12, 2005

Naomi: We're All To Blame
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
I'm ashamed of the person I am
--Joy Division
In Naomi Klein's new Nation article, she's off to beat Matt Good in the "famous self-hating Canadian leftie" sweepstakes.

Check out this twisted logic:
Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian writer generally viewed as the intellectual architect of radical political Islam, had his ideological epiphany while studying in the United States. The puritanical scholar was shocked by Colorado's licentious women, it's true, but more significant was Qutb's encounter with what he later described as America's "evil and fanatic racial discrimination." [..]

..[S]o-called Islamist terrorism was "home grown" in the West long before the July 7 attacks--from its inception it was the quintessentially modern progeny of Colorado's casual racism
Really, I think readers should be able to somehow scribble "Bwahahahahahaha" at the margins of this article.

Yup. All along we were thinking that Islamism was a product of violent and unfree terror states. Nope. It's Colorado, peeps. It was right under our noses. You thought everybody and their camel was getting trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and showing off their arab street cred by doing ops for Tehran and Khartoum in the Horn of Africa and Bosnia.

If I've said it once, I've said it a billion times: Naomi should have stuck to her flawed analysis of modern marketing.

NOTE: Apparently, the readers of the Nation think this is hot****. It's their number one most emailed article.


Curt said...

Good grief. Doesn't the whole article just scream "it's all about us"?

It suggests that the arabs can't even work up an irrational hatred without it being a recoil from the the West. And since they and we agree, we *are* confirmed in our alienation from 7-11 and Wal Mart. It couldn't be that their hatred ecompasses us too, could it? Nah...


Nice post, byw! ;-)

Shamrocks! said...

Thanks, Curt.

Yeah, Naomi's got some issues, me thinks. Also, I got a look at her new book "No War" (get it? Like "No Logo"? so witty!), and she is getting lazier and lazier. She writes about 20 pages, and lets a bunch of others write about anti war bs. Her last book "Fences and Windows" was crap from her globe articles.

Ku Klux Klan said...

Naomi Klein’s article “Bigotry behind the bombings” is breathtakingly twisted. The thesis of her article is founded in large part on the writings of Egyptian writer, Sayyid Qutb, who condemned America for its “evil and fanatical racial discrimination” yet in spite of that, America provided him with a Masters of Arts education.

Naomi Klein washes over Qutb’s misogynism as insignificant. Qutb, who was outraged at jazz and colourful clothing wrote in his book, The America I Have Seen (1949): "The American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs -- and she shows all this and does not hide it."

Further to that, he wrote about a dance in a church basement: "They danced to the tunes of the gramophone, and the dance floor was replete with tapping feet, enticing legs, arms wrapped around waists, lips pressed to lips, and chests pressed to chests. The atmosphere was full of desire..."

Qutb’s most popular work, that has provided guidance to the Islamic world, lies in his book, Milestones: “to provide mankind with such high ideals and values as have so far remained undiscovered by mankind, and which will also acquaint humanity with a way of life which is harmonious with human nature, which is positive and constructive, and which is practicable…Islam is the only system which possesses these values and this way of life…”

“If we look at the sources and foundations of modern ways of living, it becomes clear that the whole world is steeped in Jahiliyya (pagan ignorance of divine guidance) This Jahiliyya is based on rebellion against God's sovereignty on earth… takes the form of claiming that the right to create values, to legislate rules of collective behavior, and to choose any way of life rests with men, without regard to what God has prescribed. The Islamic civilization can take various forms in its material and organizational structure, but the principles and values on which it is based are eternal and unchangeable. These are: the worship of God alone, the foundation of human relationships on the belief in the Unity of God, the supremacy of the humanity of man over material things, the development of human values and the control of animalistic desires, respect for the family, the assumption of the vice-regency of God on earth according to His guidance and instruction, and in all affairs of this vice-regency, the rule of God's law [al-Shari'a] and the way of life prescribed by Him...”

Ms Klein concludes her article by asserting that if The West heeded the wailing and whining of the Ku Klux Koran followers of Qutb, “it would rob terrorists of what has always been their greatest recruitment tool: our racism.”

Bullshit. The greatest recruitment tool of terrorists is the proliferation of their own bigotry and racism, via snuff videos of decapitations and the writings of Qutb.