Sunday, August 21, 2005

Religion-Based Government

I typically don't read blogs any further to the right than Dan Drezner or Sully - not because I'm afraid to read a viewpoint that differs from mine, but because my system can only take so much bile, lies and snark at any one time. It's much safer to read LGF Watch or Media Matters than it is to actually read Little Green Footballs or listen to Rush Limbaugh. But just so that I don't get accused of parroting left-wing talking points, I do occasionally gird my loins (something you really don't want to see) and venture into asshat territory. So it was with some very large amount of amusement that I read on LGF how surprised and even hurt its denizens are in hearing (via that commie, pro-Muslim media outlet Reuters) that Islamic law (shari'a) is likely to be enshrined into the Iraqi constitution, making our bouncing little bundle of democratic joy another Iran-like religious state.

I find the reaction amusing on any number of levels, the most obvious one being: what the fuck did they THINK was going to happen when we came in, deposed the Baathists and then pushed for a quick constitution? Didn't we all say two years ago that this was the likely outcome? But these guys are feeling absolutely betrayed - how dare anyone try to write religion into a constitution?!?!? Oh, wait - unless it's THEIR religion and OUR constitution. I guess that would make it okay. At least some of the commenters are honest in their statements that Islam in general, not terrorists, is the enemy and the entity that must be defeated. They're asshats, but at least they're more honest asshats. I'm also curious about the continued calls for Muslim clerics to publicly state their opposition and non-support for terrorists - has anyone called on the AOG or the Southern Baptist Convention or the Pope to publicly denounce Eric Rudolf or state that anti-abortion extremists terrorizing young women in front of Planned Parenthood clinics are NOT doing the Lord's work?

The other aspect of the thread that I found quite amusing were the attacks on the State Department and former right-wing sweetheart Condi Rice and the excuses some of them were making for W - even suggesting that State's complicity (or at least tacit acceptance) in the writing of shari'a into the Iraq constitution was somehow happening behind the Prezzie's back while he's off mountain biking for 5 weeks in Crawford. You know, I'm sure Crawford's pretty isolated, but I'm guessing that there really is telephone and Internet access to W's place. It's apparently not so isolated that most media outlets in the world haven't been able to find Cindy Sheehan right outside the Prezzie's gate. But I guess it's isolated enough that the yayhoos worried about flag desecration somehow missed one of their own driving over a large number of American flags and crosses commemorating US military dead. (Sorry, starting to ramble...) But if Chimpy loses the LGFers, who the hell does he have left?


At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles "Squeaky" Johnson has been staying as far away from this topic as possible. He knows reality is making a crimson-assed monkey out of him, with all his "good news from eye-rak" posts and his fawning worship of the vacationing Prince. I had the same thought about his "email the State Dept." post -- absolutely ludicrous, his trying to spin impending Sharia law as a Foggy Bottom cock-up (by Clinton appointees while Condi wasn't looking?)

Nope, the chickens are roosting soon, and crapping on the ponytailed head of Chucky as they do.

Couldn't happen to a more loathsome, dishonest hatemonger.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if Chimpy loses the LGFers, who the hell does he have left?

The Saudis...?

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Anon(1) - I believe you sound like someone that manages to read LGF more often than I am capable of. My hat's off to you! "Know your enemies"

Anon(2) - man, don't even get me started on the House of Saud!

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Pablo said...

<< Didn't we all say two years ago that this was the likely outcome?>>

No, actually I think you said we'd have lost the war by now after slaughtering millions of innocent civilians, not that you'd have grave concerns about how those civilians might decide to govern themselves.

Why didn't you scream about Afghanistan's constitution?

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Pablo, did you bother to read the post? I don't know that I give much of a damn about the constitutions of either Afghanistan or Iraq. And 'screaming'? Did you mark my use of the word "amusement"? I'm mocking, dangit! Don't you recognize a mock when you see one? Mocking the wingers that have gotten exactly what they thought they wanted and now they're crying about it. Well, boo-fucking-hoo.


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