Thomas Friedman Suck On ThisNovember 29, 2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments
I just don’t understand why the New York Times keeps paying this gasbag. Here he writes about how Major Hasan fell for “The Narrative” some Muslim propaganda on how the US has meant to destroy Islam or something:
Here’s my take: Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is. But the more you read about his support for Muslim suicide bombers, about how he showed up at a public-health seminar with a PowerPoint presentation titled “Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam,” and about his contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric famous for using the Web to support jihadist violence against America — the more it seems that Major Hasan was just another angry jihadist spurred to action by “The Narrative.”
What is scary is that even though he was born, raised and educated in America, The Narrative still got to him.
The Narrative is the cocktail of half-truths, propaganda and outright lies about America that have taken hold in the Arab-Muslim world since 9/11. Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.
Huh… I wonder. Where would jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books get this idea that American-Crusader-Zionists were part of a conspiracy to keep Muslims down… I wonder… oh yeah…
FRIEDMAN: You don’t think, you know, we care about our open society. You think this bubble fantasy, we’re just going to let it grow? Well, suck on this, ok. That Charlie, is what this war was about. We could have hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. Could have hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That’s the real truth.
Gee, one has to wonder why Muslims might feel threatened by America…