Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Theo van Gogh is a secular martyr

Dutch find the strength to take on their 'new Nazis'

I'm not trying to harp on this subject, but the death of Theo van Gogh has really pissed me off. This editorial is a good look at the coming war in Holland. I think the Muslims have screwed up this time, who in their right mind would poke their finger in the eye of a big blond Viking?

1 comment:

Prof. Goose said...

I hate to admit this, but the whole Van Gogh thing has me thinking. Imho, those of us that are to the left of center should be opposing Bush's fascism AND Islamo-fascism jointly. (in fact, I just blogged this whole point over on my site)

If you sit back and think about it, Bush's idea of order is not nearly as bad as the idea of Islamic fascism, it's actually much more tolerant. Remember, an "order" is the fundamental component of fascism...and any leaning to the right is on the road to fascism, while any leaning to the left is on the road to socialism/communism.

My case: most people in the US are politically equal (=voting, etc.) and have some semblance of equality of opportunity. I see nothing in Bush policy that is attempting to change those fundamentals.

However, if you actually watch the Van Gogh movie, it strikes a chord, as it demonstrates some of the horrors that women (and I'm sure others) face on a daily basis in Islamic nations.

Do we want that here? Do want to allow Wahabis to control the oil supply and drive up the cost of oil and end our culture as we know it?

We on the left can deride the US all we want, but I don't see any women here getting their genitalia mutlilated systematically. I don't see any women wearing birqas or being raped by uncles.

Opposition to this war has been politicized for all of the wrong reasons, in my opinion. In Britain, it was the right that opposed the war in Iraq, in the US, it was the left. Why? Because they were both the parties OUT OF POWER.

Ideologically, the left should be in complete support of this war, but for some reason we choose not to out of political expediency. That's a problem, folks...and it's ideologically inconsistent.