Sunday, April 06, 2008

Stones, glass houses

For some reason a nice afternoon away from this dangerous hobby called blogging couldn't stop me from clicking on the Huffpo to eavesdrop on the latest liberal outrage. And there it was in screaming headlines--McCain got the facts wrong on Iraq again. Writer Sam Stein set the stage:
Most memorably, he repeated - three times - the assertion that Iran was arming al-Qaeda despite the fact that there is no known connection between country and the group, and that the two are clearly of different religions.
What followed was the obligatory sourcing via Think Progress and McClathchey (almost as good as checking with Dan Rather) about whether al-Sadr or al-Maliki actually called the Basra cease-fire and why. Apparently Stein didn't check with many Iraqis, since they seem a forgiving sort. But what captured my attention was the bolded quote above.

If he's like most port-siders Stein is probably happy to point out with delight whenever a "wingnut" displays ignorance of the difference between Sunnis and Shias. Matter of fact, he recently wrote an article about it. Yet it seems weird to characterize Shia Islam and Sunni Islam as different religions. Wouldn't they actually be different sects of the same religion?

Hmm. Watch out for those windows, Mr. Stein.

2 comments:

LASunsett said...

//If he's like most port-siders Stein is probably happy to point out with delight whenever a "wingnut" displays ignorance of the difference between Sunnis and Shias.//

This is another fine example of "straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel", something leftists are very good at. If you think about it though, it makes sense to do it. If they cannot offer plans that equal or surpass those of whom they disagree, it offers them a chance to say something (even though they really have nothing to say).

During the course of the debate, they figure someone will be fooled into thinking they are experts on something. Again, they are right, there will be someone that is gullible enough. As the saying goes, "there's a sucker born every minute".

A.C. McCloud said...

I think a lot of liberals tend to be extremely pompous in their knowledge. No doubt a lot of them are smart, that's not in question. But with smarts comes common sense, tact, and humility, which is where a lot of them falter.

Just watching the interview with Charlton Heston today on Turner Classic. Here was a man ridiculed in life, mocked in death, but extremely humble and modest. That's the contrast.