After assuring us that the anti-abortion movement is a movement of peace, David French is back in the NRO’s corner explaining that it is OK to be an Islamophobe. Why? Because U.S. soldiers who served in Afghanistan and Iraq told us they were icky:
…I wonder if the media is missing a powerful, largely-uncovered influence on America’s hearts and minds — the experience and testimony of the more than two million Americans who’ve served overseas since 9/11 and have experienced Islamic cultures up-close.
Got that? The media is failing to account for the fact that every single American who “experienced Islamic cultures up-close” has been disgusted by what they saw. How do we know? because JAG French told you so, and if you question him, you hate the troops. The same goes for anyone you know who did experience Islamic cultures up-close and was not disgusted and horrified. It’s O.K. to hate those troops, I guess. [Crosses several names off Christmas card list.]
Yes, they were in the middle of a war —
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames et Messieurs, dudbro is about to “Yeahbut” a friggin’ war.
but speaking from my own experience — the war was conducted from within a culture that was shockingly broken.
Don’t ask him how Iraq came to be broken. Sorry, shockingly broken, or what its state might have been before he rolled into town in 2007. It’s a silly question because the answer is Islam and only liberal whitewashing and the scourge of P.C. is making you hesitate before you answer.
I’m not sure about the construction “the war was conducted from within a culture.” Or rather, I wonder if French thought he could passive-voice the U.S. invasion out of existence, or if he’s a crap writer in addition to being crap.
I expected the jihadists to be evil, but even I couldn’t fathom the depths of their depravity.
Well lawks a mercy, don’t those savages know how to behave when people invade their country for no fucking reason, destroy their infrastructure, torture and rape and murder to alleviate their boredom and try to pass off a death trap as a state of the art police academy? Of course not, because Islam.
I know that the default neocon mindset is Projection, but French is such a nincompoop that watching him do his thing almost creates a case of contact embarrassment.
And it was all occurring against the backdrop of a brutally violent and intolerant culture. Women were beaten almost as an afterthought, there was a near-total lack of empathy for even friends and neighbors, lying was endemic, and sexual abuse was rampant. Even more disturbingly, it seemed that every problem was exacerbated the more religious and pious a person (or village) became.
Sounds like a neo-con wet dream. I’m surprised he could tear himself away.
And no, you may not connect any dots between a culture where women are beaten as an afterthought and an ideology that says they should not be allowed to control their bodies.