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Monday, July 31, 2006

Right-wingers take a page from al Qaeda's book

The conflict between Israel and Lebanon took a turn for the gruesome as the incompetent Condi Rice hit the panic button and Israel launched an offensive against Qana that killed a number of children. Meanwhile, right-wing pundits are demonstrating exactly why (lifelong Republican) John Dean's book 'Conservatives Without Conscience' is so timely.

Liberal blog Sadly, No! featured this compare 'n contrast exercise a week ago:

“I am not buying into the innocent civilians meme. If by ignorance, complicity, neglect or helplessness the Lebanese wouldn’t throw Hezbollah out and establish a strong government, then they must pay the price for the sins of Hizbollah [sic].” -Small-time right-wing blogger

“You may then dispute that all the above does not justify aggression against civilians, for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which they did not partake… This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that America is the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world. Therefore, the American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies.” - Osama bin Laden

But it isn't limited to nobodies. Whiskey Bar noted that Rush Limbaugh is getting into the game with a similar post today:

"Until civilians -- frankly, I'm not sure how many of them are actually just innocent little civilians running around versus active Hezbo types, particularly the men -- but until those civilians start paying a price for propping up these kinds of regimes, it's not going to end, folks. What do you mean, civilians start paying a price? I just ask you to consult history for the answer to that.” - Rush Limbaugh

"We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal . . . As for what you asked regarding the American people, they are not exonerated from responsibility, because they chose this government and voted for it despite their knowledge of its crimes in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and in other places." - Osama bin Laden

The neo-fascists have gone so far off the deep end with their fantasies of a totalitarian America that they're making the same arguments as the world's most wanted terrorist.