Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shut up! he explained

Stephen Walt, whose name is best known as half of the Walt-Mearshimer duo that has done so much to bring respectability to American anti-Semitism, has weighed in on the issue of the mosque near Ground Zero:

Apart from a brief post praising New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's forthright stance on the Muslim community center controversy, I haven't said much about this issue. I had naively assumed that Bloomberg's eloquent remarks defending the project -- and reaffirming the indispensable principle of religious freedom -- would pretty much end the controversy, but I underestimated willingness of various right-wing politicians to exploit our worst xenophobic instincts, and some key Democrats' congenital inability to fight for the principles in which they claim to believe. Silly me. 
This man is  the (are you ready?) Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International relations at Harvard University. Yet his argument can best be summarized as "'Shut up!' he explained." Mayor Bloomberg has spoken! How can you various right-wing politicians exploit our worst xenophobic instincts?

To be sure, there's a bit more to his blog than that. It's not really a mosque, he argues. It's not really at Ground Zero. Etc. But that "silly me" really says it all. It's a display of intellectual arrogance on a level with--well, with Mr. Bloomberg's. We command and you obey, over the hills and far away. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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2 Comments:

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Griff Marton said...

Just like to raise the point that this is New York City after all. Does anybody think that the bars in the neighborhood have closed down because this is now "hallowed" ground. In fact, there are two major strip clubs a short walk from the Towers' site. The "mosque" is actually going to be in an older building so there won't be minarets over looking ground zero. If these are loyal US citizens what right do we have to refuse them? I think religious activities are more appropriate than what's going on in those strip clubs. After all, Muslims died in the towers and I'm not referring to the scum that hijacked those planes.

 
At 6:15 AM, Blogger Dan Ford said...

I'm sure there's a good argument to be made for Cordoba House. It's the appeal to authority that irks me:
'You should be ashamed of yourselves!'
. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

 

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