Peter Beinart, worthless joker
Today a few popular haunts of the liberal blogosphere praised Peter Beinart for his column defending the right for a Mosque to be built within the vicinity of the World Trade Center grounds. Fine. Cool. Whatever. Not exactly what we cover here at OYE and there's lots of other places for his piece to be debated, hated or praised.
What did grab our attention was how Peter is now trying to distance himself from his past war-mongering ways. See here how it was only the Republicans and Neocons who wanted war, no mention of himself:
Once upon a time, Republicans were so confident that the vast majority of Muslims preferred freedom to jihad that they believed the U.S. could install democracy in Iraq within months. Now, confronted with a group of Muslim Americans who want to build a cultural center that includes Jews and Christians on the board (how many churches and synagogues do that?), GOP leaders call them terrorists because they don’t share Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Once upon a time, the “war on terror” was supposed to bring American values to Saudi Arabia. Now Newt Gingrich says we shouldn’t build a mosque in Lower Manhattan until the Saudis build churches and synagogues in Mecca—which is to say, we’re bringing Saudi values to the United States. I wonder how David Petraeus feels about all this. There he is, slogging away in the Hindu Kush, desperately trying to be culturally sensitive, watching GIs get killed because Afghans believe the U.S. is waging a war on Islam, and back home, the super-patriots on Fox News have… declared war on Islam.Unfortunately for Peter we didn't forget his cowardly past of pushing for a war he never intended on fighting in.
So please, no more talk about those idealistic neoconservatives who are willing to expend blood and treasure so Afghans and Iraqis can live free. People in Basra and Kandahar had better hope that America’s counterinsurgency warriors create a society in which they can practice their religion free of intimidation and insult. Because it’s now clear they can’t do so on the lower tip of the island of Manhattan.
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