Is Bush really trying to fight the Crusades all over again? His rhetoric certainly says so. “Islamofascism” — can you think of a worse insult to Islam, conjoining the religion of Islam with the slur of Fascism? Because there may be about 10,000 terrorists of the Muslim persuasion in the entire world, he now feels entitled to slur an entire religion of over a billion adherents?
“They hate our freedoms?” What is that supposed to mean — when Osama said again and again, he hated American troops being in Saudi-Arabia right by Islam’s holiest site of Mecca, with the desecration of unveiled American female troops in the vicinity? That’s not hating our freedoms. That’s hating something much more specific. That’s why they did 9/11 – because of our troops in Saudi-Arabia. That’s what they said.
These days, this “they” have made it clear they don’t like our troops being in Iraq, or Israel giving the Palestinians a hard time. If you were a Muslim, would you like foreign troops occupying a Muslim country? Would you like Muslim troops taking over Texas, even if they wanted to do some good, like stopping the Texans from executing black people via capital punishment, a punishment the entire civilized world has given up long ago?
“They hate our freedoms.” What freedoms? Seems to me it’s the Christofascists like Bush who hate our freedoms.
1. They hate the freedom of women to have sex and use abortion to prevent a pregnancy. This is a legally-won freedom they want to roll back. They’ve even used terrorism to fight this freedom –- bombing clinics and killing doctors.
2. They hate our Constitution. Bush has tried to override it.
3. They hate our laws. Bush has used 750 signing statements to say the laws he signed can be ignored by him. He hates the freedom of Congress to make laws he has to observe.