[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: Instalink! Thanks, Mr. Reynolds. And yes, this is a long one, but stick around to the end for a clip from Blazing Saddles, and a dirty joke.
This is mostly a follow up to my post on Koran-burning, and even Obama’s official kick off to his reelection campaign.
Now to start off with a non-pinhead, I forgot to mention Chris Hitchens’ views on the subject of Koran burning. To a certain extent his column is kind of an extended exclamation of “not this crud again…” And he is right that it is tiresome given that those of us in the Free World should get it and we have already been through several rounds of this. But one interesting angle he does bring to the discussion is the role Afghan President Hamid Karzai played in whipping this up:
But this narrowness pales beside the truly awful opportunism and cynicism of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. In previous cases of irrational violence, such as the bloody riots that occurred on the mere rumor of a Quran being desecrated in Guantanamo, he had taken quite a responsible line (pointing out, for example, that one library destroyed by the incendiaries had contained several fine old Qurans). Unlike some provincial mullahs, Karzai also knows perfectly well that the U.S. government is constitutionally prohibited from policing religious speech among its citizens. Yet, when faced with the doings of the aforementioned moronic cleric from Gainesville, he went out of his way to intensify mob feeling. This caps a long period where his behavior has come to seem like a conscious collusion with warlordism, organized crime, and even with elements of the Taliban. Already under constant pressure to make consistent comments about Syria and Libya, the Obama administration might want to express itself more directly about a man for whose fast-decomposing regime we are shedding our best blood.
As they say read the whole thing.
But let’s get to the pinheads, starting with Bill O’Reilly. Indeed, I picked the term “pinhead” precisely because O’Reilly likes to use that term, a lot, and he definitely was one last night in his Talking Points Memo. Much of it is good and even touches on Hitchens’ point, but then he veers off and attacks Terry Jones. And I don’t even mind when he called Jones an idiot. But to say he has blood on his hands? No, Bill, he does not.
You can watch the whole thing, here, and the swipe at Jones comes around the 50 second mark:
Meanwhile, do I have to call Charles Johnson a pinhead? Well, okay, it is shooting fish in a barrel, but let’s play compare and contrast, shall we? Remember the Danish cartoon controversy. Well, here Johnson writes: