Read the whole thing: VDH's Private Papers :: Cracked Icons
VDH's Private Papers :: Cracked Icons VDH is probably my favorite collumnist at this time. His background is such that he is able to view current events in relation to history, going way back. His view is also top-level enough that he is able to cogently explain and or illustrate the larger ramifications of current events.
His articles usually come out on Friday's and are always worth the time to read!
1. There really isnt a phenomenon like Islamophobia at least no more than there was a Germanophobia in hating Hitler or Russophobia in detesting Stalinism. Any unfairness or rudeness that accrues from the security profiling of Middle Eastern young males is dwarfed by efforts of Islamic fascists themselves here in the U.S., in the U.K., the Netherlands, France, Turkey, and Israel to murder Westerners and blow up civilians. The real danger to thousands of innocents is not an occasional evangelical zealot or uncouth politician spouting off about Islam, but the deliberately orchestrated and very sick anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism that floods the airways worldwide, emanating from Iran, Lebanon, and Syria, to be sure, but also from our erstwhile allies in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
So both here and abroad, the Western public believes that there is a double standard in the moral judgment of our left-leaning media, universities, and politicians that we are not to supposed to ask how Christians are treated in Muslim societies, only how free Islamists in Western mosques are to damn their hosts; or that we are to think beheading, suicide murdering, and car bombing moral equivalents to the sexual humiliation and roguery of Abu Ghraib apparently because the former involves post-colonial victims and the latter privileged, exploitive Americans. Most sane people, however, privately disagree, and distinguish between a civilians head rolling on the ground and a snap shot of an American guard pointing at the genitalia of her terrorist ward.