Wednesday, February 14, 2007

D'Souza the Looza

Over at NRO, Stanley Kurtz has written a rather stunning review of Dinesh D'Souza's ignorant rant, "The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and its Responsibility for 9/11." It is stunning because it is the first I've seen that didn't dismiss D'Souza's book as the Ann-Coulter-esque stunt it so obviously is. I only read Kurtz because Andrew Sullivan linked to it as a "fascinating, nuanced, and largely persuasive critique." Note to Andrew: Your meds are wearing off.

D'Souza, evidently more interested in being famous than in being right, blames everything on those damn liberals. Kurtz explains D'Souza's argument as "[a]bsent these provocations by the cultural left...9/11 would not have happened.” D'Souza goes so far as to suggest a potential alliance between "traditionalist" Christians and Muslims once both sides recognize (with D'Souza's screed as a road map) the "true" enemy: liberalism. After some niggling criticism, Kurtz endorses D'Souza's thesis.

Kurtz's critique is crippled by his failure even to mention the formation of the state of Israel as maybe, just maybe, having something to do with the generational fury of "traditionalist" Muslims. America's involvement in propping up both Israel and corrupt Arab regimes is fuel on the fire of radical hatred.

There's no need to blame "Hollywood" or the "cultural Left" for suicide bombers. Those who do reveal more about themselves than they do about the terrorists. One thing should be obvious: We will never win the "war on terror" (hell, we'll be lucky to survive it) if our leaders believe crap like this about the source of the conflict.

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