i hope you get cancer™

Sunday, August 14, 2005

If I am an apologist for terror, you are a McCarthyite

It's taken me a month to understand my core objection to the "argument" that, if you stick up for Muslims, you are an appeaser of, or apologist for terror. Quite apart from the not-so-implicit racism of that position, I do not accept the analogy that is often drawn with appeasement of Nazi Germany, by those who put defenders of Muslims in the same camp, as it were, with the Mitfords and Mosleys. A more apposite analogy would be the McCarthyite witchhunts of the 1950s, which indiscriminately demonised anyone who was perceived to stand in the path of Senator Joe. Those who use their weblogs, newspaper columns, TV and radio airtime to denounce Islam, Muslims and pretty much anyone who expresses concern about human rights, democratic freedom, racism, Islamophobia or shoot-to-kill, are conducting a witch-hunt and will be shown by history to be modern-day McCarthyites. As such, I am happy, indeed proud, to be so denounced. Bring it on.