Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thoughts on D'Souza's The Enemy At Home

I have read Nathan Alexander's review of Dinesh D'Souza The Enemy At Home which can be found on the top of IC's front page today.

When the book came out two years ago I reviewed the book. Let's just say I was far less generous to D'Souza than Nathan. ('souza-gets-september-11th-wrong/)

There is much to criticize about the "cultural Left" in the United States but I don't accept D'Souza's notion there would be no September 11th without the cultural left. At worst, the "cultural Left" aided and abetted those who attacked America by putting American power on the same plane with Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

Let us also remember that D'Souza goes as far as to say the September 11th attacks were not an act of terrorism at least where it concerned the Pentagon. The families of those aboard American Airlines Flight 77 might beg to differ. D'Souza also argues that al Qaeda was more interested in destroying the Pentagon and World Trade Center than actually killing the people inside them. He asked if the attacks would have been less an act of war if no one was in the buildings at the time. Well, as we all know the attacks took place at the height of morning rush hour. If D'Souza doesn't believe al Qaeda was trying murder as many innocent people as possible then he is beyond any help.

D'Souza also doesn't consider Palestinian suicide bombers to be terrorists but considers Israeli responses to Palestinian attacks to be acts of state terror. He believes the Palestinians only want land and they pose no threat to the United States. Yes, the Palestinians want land. All of Israel to be exact. The Palestinians might not pose a military threat to the United States. Technically neither does Afghanistan. But that didn't prevent Afghanistan from harboring terrorists who successfully carried out an attack on our soil. Who can say the Palestinians wouldn't do the same? Let us never forget the Palestinians who cheered and danced in the streets when bodies were being pulled out of the rubble of the World Trade Center.

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