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Juan Williams and the Left's Intellectual Bankruptcy
by Robert Spencer
Juan Williams makes the understandable post-9/11 observation that the sight of Muslims on airplanes makes him nervous, and NPR immediately fires him. Bill O'Reilly states the obvious truth that Muslims attacked the United States on 9/11, and Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off the set. These incidents and others demonstrate that the Leftists in the mainstream media and their Islamic supremacist allies are wholly intellectually bereft—and so they cannot engage their opponents on the level of ideas, but must instead bludgeon them into silence.
Examples of this abound. Recently Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic enlisted the help of his friend, Islamic scholar Reuel Gerecht, to attack my colleague Pamela Geller. When I refuted Gerecht's substantive points about the Koran and Islam, Gerecht did not reply, and Goldberg resorted to posting Internet half-truths, distortions, and outright lies about Geller—again, ignoring her explanations and refutations. Islamic supremacists such as Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group with numerous ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and Reza Aslan of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a group often criticized for its unstinting practice of running interference for Iran's bloody Islamic regime, traffic in adolescent ridicule and abuse rather than dealing with the real objections their opponents raise.
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