Monday, July 16, 2007

US-ophobia

The Canadian Broadcarping Castration's Avi Lewis - a self-parody, wrapped in pretension, inside an enegma - interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

I excerpt some of the agitprop that seems to substitute for thinking among CBC journalists, but you have to view the whole thing to fully appreciate Lewis' insular, condescending, and historically ignorant moral superiority schtick. I recommend it as a sort of inoculation. You will think more highly of Michael Moore after viewing it, and you'll be hoping Ayaan Hirsi Ali will get a chance to have a little chat with Moore someday, too.

Lewis' intro includes a reference to one fact about the murder,
by an Islamist fanatic, of Theo Van Gogh. Van Gogh directed a short film titled "Submission," a literal translation of the word "Islam." The film was based on a script by Ayaan Hirsi Ali that decried standardized Islamic mysogeny. Lewis says of Van Gogh's grotesque murder in Amsterdam:
"...the note pinned to his body was addressed to Hirsi Ali."
Well, "pinned" is not a term most of those conversant with the English language would use to describe a 5 page "note" being attached to a human body by thrusting a dagger through it and into the stomach. "Pinned" suggests, oh... maybe "lapel". A dagger stuck into the stomach to prevent an Islamist screed from blowing in the wind is another thing entirely.

Lewis would probably call a beheading a "second party shaving accident."

As seconds go, however, the knife serving to keep the "note" close to Theo's gut - the knife "pinning" it to his backbone via his stomach - was the second knife. The first knife, used to slit Van Gogh's throat after he'd been disabled by having been shot twice, was left embedded in his chest. By the way, the attacker was a Muslim who killed Van Gogh as a matter of religious piety. Avi Lewis compares this to the shooting of abortion doctors in the United States. Hirsi Ali tells him why he's missing the point of his own freedom.

The contents of the note can be found here, if you wish to be bothered. I don't recommend reading it unless your name is Avi Lewis.

Here's an excerpt of Avi's questioning:
There are many versions of Christianity, of Judaism, of all major religions. You're presenting it [Islam] as one thing and it's just obviously not.


...OK, Whoa. OK, Whoa. You live in the United States of America. This is a country where evangelical Christianity has ascended to the highest ranks of power, where conservative social values drawn and justified by the Bible, are imposed on people every single day

...They shoot abortion doctors... Homophobia is rampant...
Lewis sholud be a guest for Keith Olbermann. H/T Let Freedom Ring

Update: 6:42 PM
I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but Avi Lewis is the son of Stephen Lewis, former head of the Ontario socialist party, and grandson of the former head of Canada's socialist party, David Lewis. The nut doesn't fall far from the tree.

1 comment:

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Also Avi's wife is Naomi Klein, whose uncle is Seth Klein of the centre for Policy Alternatives- left wing think tank.