Monday, December 17, 2007

The Cowardice of Lawrence O’Donnell

O’Donnell is no longer a liberal in the sense I understood it growing up. In fact, he runs away from defending the basic cannon of liberalism without which it cannot exist – free speech. A true liberal is a man like Flemming Rose who had the courage to defend that freedom against the onslaught of opposition to the publication of the Danish cartoons. Where was O’Donnell on that? Quivering in his corner, worrying whether he will be shot? Where was O’Donnell (a man of the entertainment industry, no less) when director Theo Van Gogh was stabbed to death by an Islamist on the streets of Amsterdam for making a film critical of Islam? Busy attacking George Bush, I imagine. The courage of Rose and Van Gogh (and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Ibn Warraq and Wafa Sultan, etc.) is paying O’Donnell’s check from the McLaughlin Group in a very real sense. He owes them all a commission.

3 comments:

joe said...

The courage of Ibn Warraq?? What a gutless wonder he is. I know plenty of Muslims who openly criticise idiots within their religious community but don't pretend to be in hiding. You've got a pretty warped concept of bravery. I guess it comes with being an all-American tool.

Mike Stajduhar said...

What a gutless worm you are. You make a nasty semi-anonymous comment that has little to do with the substance of the piece.

The point remains the same. being critical of Islam, particularly the way it's practiced by Wahhabis can get you killed. In sharp contrast, nobody takes to the streets demanding the beheading of those who insult Christianity, or Judaism, Buddhism.

Admiral Burns said...

I am laughing my ass off right now