Some of the info. on this post is a little dated now. But Romney is still relevant, while alhamdulillah, Giul-911-iani seems to be becoming irrelevant, which is truly where he needs to stay. All Americans should thank God that the monster (Giuliani) that was being concocted by the neocons and Islamophobes, someone who would have likely created havoc in the world, has been tranquilized by Floridans in the must-win primary.
On the Romney front, this article by Juan Cole on Alternet is a must-read. For instance, Cole points to a recent op-ed by Naomi Schaeffer in the Wall Street Journal, where Schaeffer stated:
A recent Pew poll shows that only 53% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Mormons. That’s roughly the same percentage who feel that way toward Muslims. By contrast, more than three-quarters of Americans have a favorable opinion of Jews and Catholics. Whatever the validity of such judgments, one has to wonder: Why does a faith professed by the 9/11 hijackers rank alongside that of a peaceful, productive, highly educated religious group founded within our own borders?
I just wanted literally to puke on my living room carpet when I read this bilge. Islam is not’the faith professed by 9/11 hijackers.’ Islam is the religion of probably 1.3 billion persons, a fifth of humankind, which will probably be a third of humankind by 2050. Islam existed for 1400 years before the 9/11 hijackers, and will exist for a very long time after them. Riley has engaged in the most visceral sort of smear, associating all Muslims with the tiny, extremist al-Qaeda cult.
We could play this game with any human group. Some Catholics were responsible for the Inquisition. Shall we blame Catholicism for that, or all Catholics? Of course not. Jewish Zionists expelled hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians from their homes in 1948. Is that Judaism’s fault or that of Jews in general? Of course not.
More at Alternet
Back to beating the dead horse, perhaps to prevent a future resurgence of this monster, it is important to recognize how dangerous Giul-911-ani was, one of his officials advocated “Muslim-cleansing” and his official ad called Muslims “perverted people“:
“[Rudy’s] got I believe the knowledge and the judgement to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims, and make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years. These people are very dedicated and they’re also very very smart in their own way. We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or in other words get rid of them.”
And not “radical” or “extreme” Muslims:
I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims.
More here (courtesy Jinnzaman).