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Of Complexities, Contradictions and Second Chakras

January 4th, 2013 - 2:08 pm

John Nolte writes, “But what will not be tolerated is intolerance of Al-Jazeera’s hate and intolerance, because not tolerating hate and intolerance directed towards America and Israel is its own form of hate and intolerance.”

That’s a topic that Mark Steyn explored back in 2005, when he wrote, “Anyone can be tolerant of the tolerant, but tolerance of intolerance gives an even more intense frisson of pleasure to the multiculti- masochists:”

I underestimated multiculturalism. After 9/11, I assumed the internal contradictions of the rainbow coalition would be made plain: that a cult of “tolerance” would in the end founder against a demographic so cheerfully upfront in their intolerance. Instead, Islamic “militants” have become the highest repository of multicultural pieties. So you’re nice about gays and Native Americans? Big deal. Anyone can be tolerant of the tolerant, but tolerance of intolerance gives an even more intense frisson of pleasure to the multiculti- masochists. And so Islamists who murder non-Muslims in pursuit of explicitly Islamic goals are airbrushed into vague, generic “rebel forces.” You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, and that’s just the way the Western media intend to keep it. If you wake up one morning and switch on the TV to see the Empire State Building crumbling to dust, don’t be surprised if the announcer goes, “Insurging rebel militant forces today attacked key targets in New York. In other news, the president’s annual Ramadan banquet** saw celebrities dancing into the small hours to Mullah Omar And His All-Girl Orchestra . . .”

But then, as fellow PJM Columnist Barry Rubin tells the Daily Caller today, sanity left the skyscraper a decade ago:

Rubin said Al-Jazeera is a “radical media outlet run by people who are anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western.” (RELATED: Gore reportedly hoped to sell Current TV before fiscal cliff tax hikes)

“[I]t is an instrument of extremist revolutionary movements,” he added. “On a number of occasions it has lent itself to promote and be used by violent terrorist groups.”

Rubin said by lending his imprimatur to Al-Jazeera – and potentially personally reaping a sum of $100 million, according to reports — Gore is acting “disgracefully.”

“In former, sane, times, doing something like this would have finished Gore’s credibility forever,” Rubin said. “Needless to say, sanity has long since jumped out the window.”

Heh — though as a famous British hotelier likes to say, nobody mention the war.

* Incidentally, speaking of punching back against those with a tolerance of multicultural intolerance, Kathy and her husband could use your help.

** Speaking of prescience.

Related: We followed up the American left’s tolerance of the intolerance in a post titled The Al Jazeera Liberals, and spot Stacy McCain half-seriously wanting to know where he can get $100 mill of sweet second chakra-enhancing funds of his own. Or as we paraphrased: Can You Spare Some Qatar, Me Brothers?

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