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The left and Islamism - People who let me down


  Richard Dawkins

Open letter to Richard Dawkins, 2004

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People who let me down after Sept 11th

I don't feel I have really changed since Sept 11th. I still believe in human rights, free speech and freedom of religion for the whole planet (not just for westerners). And now we are in a war against the fascist enemies of human rights, of course I support that war, just as I would have supported the 1939-45 war.

The left, it seems to me, has betrayed me. I always thought they hated fascism, and would support any war against it. And yet the test came and most of them failed it. It makes me doubt that these people would have supported the Allies in the 1939-45 war either.

There are many people who are against the war who I never really admired. This page is about the people I really admired who let me down.




The Observer tries to cram 9/11 into a pre-existing left-wing framework, Sunday 16 September 2001.
Who will dare damn Israel? Every nutter in the world will.
My reaction to this kind of thing was ultimately to leave the left - and to stop buying The Observer.
Note that Richard Ingrams was the Editor of Private Eye from 1963 to 1986.




  

Richard Dawkins



  

Open letter to Richard Dawkins, 2004

  



Other scientists




2009: Stephen Hawking visits China. He never proposes boycotting it.
2013: Stephen Hawking boycotts Israel.
Raheem Kassam writes a fine Open Letter to Stephen Hawking, 8 May 2013: "Sadly, however, I now believe that you are the latest in a line of celebrities, academics and politicians who are being misled by the closed-minded, closed-shop style of debate that I know you to have rejected over the majority of your life."




Neil deGrasse Tyson




Neil deGrasse Tyson and his fake Bush quote. Jump to 1:35.
In the same Bush-bashing speech, Tyson also claims that the God "Allah" is the same as the Christian God.
This is completely unscientific. How can two fictional beings be "the same"? Or at least, how can you state as "fact" either way whether two fictional things are "really" the same fictional thing or not. And yet Tyson uses this made-up "fact" to bash Bush as hostile to Islam.




Ted Honderich

OK I never admired Ted Honderich anyway (or knew anything about him) so he did not "let me down". But I include him here because as a scientist, atheist and "humanist" you would think he would use some logic when it comes to terror. But no. He is an open apologist for Islamic religious terror.

Climate change causes terror!

An even funnier theory than Ted Honderich's idea that Bin Laden is angered by African poverty!


Earlier scientists

Smart scientists with naive politics have a long history.



Intelligence and politics




Left-wing Doonesbury cartoon, 20 Apr 2003, on Bush not believing in evolution. (Also sneering at the Iraq War.)
Now I agree it is pretty dumb for any adult not to believe in evolution. And yet I still prefer Bush to Clinton, or (god help us) Obama. The relationship between intelligence and politics is mysterious.
And we know even the anti-Bush types like Doonesbury apply this argument selectively. We know they never gave Carter a hard time for his creationism. And they never cared what grades Obama ever got.




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Comedy




The great John Cleese is a boring Bush-basher too.
This is an interview in Oct 2008.
Apparently after Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Americans need to elect Obama to prove they are not "racist".




Technology



Other people

These are interesting times. Many formerly sensible people have gone mad:




The Irish Times and the Guardian let me down




Awards (separate page)




After Dawkins' offensively rude letter to Bush, I feel the need to quote a far more pleasant letter from a man who has not changed since the epic, heroic struggle of the Cold War:

Dear Mr President,

Today you arrive in my country for the first state visit by an American president for many decades, and I bid you welcome.

You will find yourself assailed on every hand by some pretty pretentious characters collectively known as the British left. They traditionally believe they have a monopoly on morality and that your recent actions preclude you from the club. You opposed and destroyed the world's most blood-encrusted dictator. This is quite unforgivable.

I beg you to take no notice. The British left intermittently erupts like a pustule upon the buttock of a rather good country. Seventy years ago it opposed mobilisation against Adolf Hitler and worshipped the other genocide, Josef Stalin.

It has marched for Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Andropov. It has slobbered over Ceausescu and Mugabe. It has demonstrated against everything and everyone American for a century. Broadly speaking, it hates your country first, mine second.

Eleven years ago something dreadful happened. Maggie was ousted, Ronald retired, the Berlin wall fell and Gorby abolished communism. All the left's idols fell and its demons retired. For a decade there was nothing really to hate. But thank the Lord for his limitless mercy. Now they can applaud Saddam, Bin Laden, Kim Jong-Il... and hate a God-fearing Texan. So hallelujah and have a good time.

Frederick Forsyth
Novelist

and a stunning, and totally unexpected, letter:

Dear George,

It is a universal truth that those born with democratic spoons in their mouths will rail against the ruthless removal of a barbaric tyranny. Most of the people demonstrating against you will be the latte-rati - people whose experience of oppression is having to wait four hours for the cable guy to come round. I am the child of two refugees from totalitarian regimes; (*) for this reason, you need not fear a comedy terrorist attack against your intervention in Iraq.

I don't care why you got rid of Saddam, and neither does any Iraqi I know.

Aaron Barschak
The "Comedy Terrorist" who gatecrashed Prince William's birthday party at Windsor Castle

(*) His mother is a Jew who fled the genocide-state of Croatia. His father a Jew who fled the genocide-state of Austria.




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