On this day, 33 years ago, in a hospital near Detroit that you may have heard of before, I entered this world. I stunned everyone present in the delivery room when, when the doctor spanked me, I slowly turned my head toward him and called him a "crapweasel".
Anyhoo, I didn't notice it at the time because I was busy writing this innovative piece of prose, but the Strib published an early birthday present for me yesterday - a moonbat that I could shoot for sport:
Ahmed Tharwat's July 23 Counterpoint ("The motive behind these heinous crimes") was right on the mark. Public discussion of the political motivations of suicide bombers is long overdue.
Tharwat's willingness to speak truth to power is courageous in this stifling post-9/11 culture. Blair and Bush tell us that "barbarian" bombers hate freedom and are opposed to modernity, democracy and civilization. If this simplistic, freedom-hating rationale is accurate, all modern, so-called "civilized" democracies are in peril and Al-Qaida will be attacking Sweden and Costa Rica any day now.
But the reality is that Al-Qaida and its adherents are driven to heinous crimes by what they perceive as equally heinous crimes of U.S. influence in the form of wars and occupations in the Middle East. Blood-drenched Iraq now stands as a prime example of crusading Westerners trying to impose a self-serving agenda on a foreign land.
All the while, the majority of Muslims abhor Al-Qaida's murderous methods, and the majority of Americans abhor sending children to fight and die in unjust wars, both of which are wrong answers to real problems. Discarding the "clash of civilizations" nonsense, all parties involved must begin to work closely together to address these very real problems with nonviolent solutions.
Kristina M. Gronquist, Minneapolis.
A quick google search of "Kristina Gronquist" shows that she's left many puddles of drool around the internet and in the tangible world. She's a member of the flaming moonbat group Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), and an unabashed liar. For what its worth, you'll note in her article linked in that last sentence, she offers the tired propagandistic lie of "100,000 Iraqi civilians dead". John Leo pretty much blows the crap out of that prevarication.
Oh, and I love the use of the phrase "crusading Westerners trying to impose a self-serving agenda on a foreign land". As we'll see in a moment, this dumbass is applying the crusade metaphor to the wrong side.
Somehow, I think that she's used to being on the wrong side.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand: the unbelievable stupidity of Gronquist and the morons like her.
Let's take this chuzzlewit's advice and explore the "political motivations" of the suicide bombers:
"True" Islam worldwide.
Just a few days ago, one of those reptilian Imams in England put it explicitly:
I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over number 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world.
Not to mention that Osama his old bad self said basically the same thing on that videotape recovered in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.
And, just to pile on, here's even more authority:
Moreover, converts are to be found in almost every Qaeda cell: They did not turn fundamentalist because of Iraq, but because they felt excluded from Western society (this is especially true of the many converts from the Caribbean islands, both in Britain and France).
"Born again" or converts, they are rebels looking for a cause. They find it in the dream of a virtual, universal ummah, the same way the ultraleftists of the 1970s (the Baader-Meinhof Gang, the Italian Red Brigades) cast their terrorist actions in the name of the "world proletariat" and "Revolution" without really caring about what would happen after.
Here's where Kristina's line of thinking breaks down like a blueberry Icee at the equator [for all you non-bloggers out there, the following is called a "money quote"]:
We have a bunch of sociopathic human germs who blow themselves up in order to kill as many random people as possible, and who see this tactic as an effective way of advancing their goal of spreading their diseased version of a religion worldwide.
And idiots like Kristina Gronquist think we should sit down and talk with them.
Yeah, that's a recipe for "peace". Here's a clue Kristina: you can't negotiate with a madman for much the same reason that you can't reason with a goldfish. And you speaking down from some self-proclaimed high ground cannot change that immutable fact of life.
And one question for you Kristina, you shithead: given the proof set out above, who's the "crusader" in this war?