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"Juan Williams Is Right: Political Correctness About Terrorists Must End!" by Michael Moore


He's right about the "war on terror", of course. But it might have been a good idea if he had also explained that 9/11 was a fraud! See "Are Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan justified by 9/11?", which is archived at http://noliesradio.org/archives/21621/

October 22nd, 2010 5:00 PM

Juan Williams Is Right: Political Correctness About Terrorists Must...

...an open letter to Juan Williams

Dear Juan,

Sorry to hear you got fired by National Public Radio for saying on Fox that you get nervous when
you see Muslims on a plane with you. It was dumb to say such a thing,
but I don't think saying one dumb thing should be a firing offense. (I
DO think an NPR journalist wanting to take money from Fox News to be a
regular commentator should be a firing offense, but that's another

But there's more to this -- and some important things that everyone is missing.

For instance, what you said about Faisal Shazad, the Pakistani immigrant who wanted to bomb Times Square. When he was being sentenced this
month, he claimed, according to you, that his attempted attack was just
"the first drop of blood." We can't let political correctness blind us
to this, you explained.

I guess Shahzad made a big impression on you, because after being fired you went back on Fox and told them, "You can’t ignore the fact what has recently been said in court with
regard to 'this is the first drop of blood in a Muslim war against

Sadly for you (and this is also why you shouldn't be working for a real news organization like NPR), Shahzad never said that. If you were a real
journalist, you would have quoted him accurately. What he actually said
was that he was the "first droplet of the flood," not blood. But I know
how easy it is to mishear things when scary Muslims are talking. And I
guess it's not a huge difference anyway.

What really matters is that you're 100% right: We shouldn't let political correctness stop us from paying close attention to what people
like Shahzad say. The problem is you just haven't taken it far enough.

So Juan, I'm asking you to join me on a crusade -- whoops! scratch that, let's call it a "mission" -- to publicize these statements by Faisal
Shahzad as widely as possible. Because most of the media have not spent
much time on what he had to say.

Here's what he said at his recent sentencing (after talking about being a droplet in a flood):

"[Saladin] liberated Muslim lands ... And that's what we Muslims are trying do, because you're occupying Iraq and Afghanistan...So, the past
nine years the war with Muslims has achieved nothing for the U.S.,
except for it has waken up the Muslims for Islam. We are only Muslims
trying to defend our people, honor, and land. But if you call us
terrorists for doing that, then we are proud terrorists, and we will
keep on terrorizing until you leave our land and people at peace."

And this is what Shahzad said when he pled guilty back in June:

"I want to plead guilty, and I'm going to plead guilty 100 times over, because until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and
Yemen and in Pakistan, and stops the occupation of Muslim lands, and
stops killing the Muslims, and stops reporting the Muslims to its
government, we will be attacking U.S., and I plead guilty to that.''

Then there's email that Shahzad sent to a friend in 2006:

"Everyone knows the current situation of Muslim World... Friends with peaceful protest! Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed? And a way
to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows? In
Palestine, Afghan, Iraq, Chechnya and else where."

And then there's what Shahzad was telling friends and relatives even before that:

Mr. Shahzad had long been critical of American foreign policy. “He was always very upset about the fabrication of the W.M.D. stunt to attack
Iraq and killing non-combatants such as the sons and grandson of Saddam
Hussein,” said a close relative. In 2003, Mr. Shahzad had been copied on
a Google Groups e-mail message bearing photographs of Guantánamo Bay
detainees, handcuffed and crouching, below the words “Shame on you,
Bush. Shame on You.”

So what do you say, Juan? Now that you have a new $2 million contract with Fox, let me come on with you for some in-depth discussions about
the terrorists' real motivations. We can't let another day go by letting
the PC brigade stop us from telling the truth: Terrorists aren't trying
to kill us because they hate our freedom. They're killing us because
we're in their countries killing them.


Michael Moore

P.S. If you want to understand suicide bombings, be sure to read the new book that studied every instance of it for the past 30 years. It's been used by many groups of many religions, not just Arabs and not just Muslims.
And almost all such terrorism has one motivation in common: occupation
by foreign militaries.

P.P.S. Here's something else that I'd sincerely love to talk about with you: what do you think when you see rich middle-aged white men talking on TV about how they get nervous around
African Americans on the street? And then they explain that we can't let
political correctness stop us from talking about black-on-white crime?

Does it drive you crazy that they say this without even being conscious of the history of far greater violence by white people toward blacks?
And do you maybe understand now how those middle-aged white guys get it
so wrong?

UPDATE: Juan, you probably remember in 1986 when the Washington Post Magazine ran a Richard Cohen column defending jewelry store owners who wouldn't buzz in young black men. It caused such a big controversy that the New
Republic ran a bunch of responses
to it, including one by you. You might find it interesting to go back
and read what you wrote then -- for instance, "Racism is a lazy man's
substitute for using good judgment ... Common sense becomes racism when
skin color becomes a formula for figuring out who is a danger to me."

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Comment by Thoth II on October 28, 2010 at 5:06pm
"Sorry to hear you got fired by National Public Radio for saying on Fox that you get nervous when
you see Muslims on a plane with you. It was dumb to say such a thing,
but I don't think saying one dumb thing should be a firing offense"

Juan is another of the media people I've respected, including Pat Buchanan, etc., who I think are great smart people, but they have dinosaur brains on the big stuff. For instance, I have a C-Span video at Pat's VA home where he has an excellent analysis of why Hitler wanted to avoid world war II and he makes the case that Hitler was put into a corner by English diplomatic maneuvers: a smart analysis probably. What is dumb is that Juan should fear muslims, since they didn't do 911. Why doesn't he know this??

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