March 26, 2012
It sickens me to write
this, to report on the latest manifestation of the hate that has
enveloped my country and spread out across the world like a giant
oil spill, but the death of Shaima Alawadi, a
32-year-old Iraqi woman and mother of five, is a moral obscenity –
a crime for which the War Party must take responsibility.
Wednesday, in the quiet San Diego suburb of El Cajon, California,
the teenage daughter of Shaima Alawadi returned home to find her
mother drowning in a pool of blood. There were signs of forced entry
at the back of the house. Someone had broken in and beaten her
mother nearly to death with a tire iron.
her body was a note: "Go back to your own country, you
note had been found tacked to the family’s door a few weeks
earlier, but Shaima had dismissed it as a kid’s prank.
This kind of hate is nothing new for San Diego. In 2010, a plan to build a mosque in
nearby Temecula resulted in a series of protest demonstrations
by local nut-jobs. A woman in a hijab was hauled
off a Southwest Airlines
flight in at San Diego airport in 2011 by TSA agents, and told the
captain didn’t "feel comfortable" with her on the
flight: this was around the same time braying demagogue Peter King (R-New York) was holding hearings on the "Muslim fifth column
in America." Last year, a similar
"go back to where you came from" message was delivered
by someone who repeatedly punched a Muslim cab driver, who had been
observed praying. See here,
for more evidence of the climate of hate darkening the otherwise
sunny skies of this California redoubt of bigotry and military
want some idea of what’s going on in Southern California,
these days, take a look at this
video of a demonstration in
Yorba Linda, where an inter-religious charity event for the homeless
was surrounded by hundreds of screeching banshees, screaming their
hatred of Muslims. And lest you think this is just a fringe
phenomenon, note that no less than three elected officials addressed
this hate-fest: congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park
– all three of them Republicans, naturally.
children and women in hijabs walk with quiet dignity into the
charity venue, the crowd unleashes its fury of hate: "Go home,
go home, go home!" they yell. Is it a coincidence that this is
the very same message in the note from Shaima’s killer?
Ms. Pauly is clearly
– as she herself admitted onstage, in a moment of candor (just
– the two congressmembers tried to give their hate a
relatively reasonable façade. Now that the rhetoric they
endorsed has claimed the life of an innocent woman in a grisly
nightmarish attack, one wonders if they’ll apologize, or take
some responsibility for what occurred. They have blood on their
hands: they might as well have bashed that tire iron into Shaima’s
course there will be no apology, no remorse from these hate-filled
cretins: justice will have to wait for the day they meet their Maker
and he hurls
them into eternal darkness.
latest violent outrage against decency and morality underscores a
point I have been making for quite some time: that we are living in
a society where sickness is rapidly becoming the "norm."
Yes, mental sickness – and, more than that, a moral sickness,
eating like a cancer at our very core. One symptom: no one is
surprised by these outbreaks of violent evil. Not even an intelligent evil, one that picks its victims with care: there have been acts
of violence committed against Sikhs – who are from India, and
are very far from being Muslims – because they wear turbans.
That’s the mentality we’re dealing with here: the
mentality of ill-educated and all-too-typical Americans, who are so
bathed in their own poisonous excretions that they actually consider
If you listen to Pauly’s remarks at the hate rally, linked
above, you’ll note she actually has the nerve to reference God
and the Bible,
of all things, in the midst of her tirade.
this possible? How is it that a religion supposedly based on "love"
and "turn the other cheek" is invoked by a woman who
exudes hatred, and who wants to profit politically by appealing to
the basest instincts? It’s as if the leader of a lynch mob had
invoked the Sermon on the Mount.
watches the video of the entire protest, one cannot help but compare
the Muslim attendees at that charity event to the early Christian
martyrs: they, too, endured the spittle of the leering, jeering mob.
Why can’t Pauly see what is so visible?
I believe in individual responsibility, I don’t really blame
Pauly any more than practically anyone else: like most people, she takes on the
colors of her environment. She merely embodies a larger phenomenon –
a polity in the final stages of moral degeneration, a mindless mob
looking for a scapegoat and a pretext to victimize. "I have a
son in the Marines," she shouted triumphantly – as if
that imbued her with some kind of moral immunity, and gave her a
blank check to incite violence against a defenseless minority.
she was inciting violence: listen to the hooting crowd and tell me
they aren’t itching to kill. Congressman Royce knew it, too:
so did Gary Miller, who looked a bit uncomfortable up there on the
podium as the hate rose up and filled the air like a poison gas.
We saw it
in Norway, when Anders Breivik slaughtered his victims in the name of
a holy war against Islam, and we are seeing it today here in America
in the heinous murder of a defenseless woman whose only "crime"
was to seek refuge in the nation that had decimated her homeland. She
and her husband – who provided "cultural sensitivity"
training to US troops deployed to Iraq – lived in this country
for 15 years, but had only moved to El Cajon in the past few weeks.
no amount of cultural sensitivity training is going to solve the
problem at the heart of this incident, because nothing can erase the
record of the past decade or so, in which the foreign policy of the
United States has been focused like a laser on the task of
subjugating much of the Muslim world. The war of vengeance we are
waging, in Afghanistan and around the world, necessarily nurtures
the kind of hate that motivated Shaima’s killer.
reinforcing and ratcheting up hatred of Muslims, per se, is not just
the work of the neoconservatives who led us into Iraq and preached a
doctrine of perpetual war. It is also the work of alleged "liberals"
like those in the Obama administration who, when asked to justify
the continued wars, refer back to the 9/11 attacks as readily as
George W. Bush ever did. These same "liberals" cavil at
every criticism of Israel, and join with the neocons in smearing
anyone who dares raise this forbidden topic. Like Carl Levin, the
powerful Democratic Senator and chairman of the Armed Services
Committee, who is calling for a naval blockade of Iran, the prospect
of another war of conquest in the Middle East has them licking their
chops – convinced it’ll be yet another great victory in
the war on terrorism for Barack Obama.
murder everywhere – in Afghanistan, where a rampaging US
soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians, half of them children, and
in a quiet Southern California suburb, where Shaima’s
17-year-old daughter found her mother on the floor, her brains
bashed in, next to a note that echoed the slogans shouted by Robert
Spencer, David Horowitz, Pamela Geller, Rep. King, Rep. Royce, Rep.
Miller, Newt Gingrich, and all the rest of the Republican haters and
have Shaima’s blood on their hands. What’s ugly is that,
lacking any moral instinct, they aren’t even trying to wash it
off. They feel no more remorse for the death of an innocent woman
than a hawk feels after it has killed a rabbit. This is where a decade
of constant warfare, and – arguably – the modern trend
toward moral relativism and nihilism, has led us.
decadent culture, in its last stages of decomposition, nearly always exhibits signs of a false vitality, a faux resurgence centered
around defeating largely imaginary enemies and entertaining
fantasies of martial greatness. But this is no more indicative of
real living energy than the spasmodic twitching of a recently
decapitated corpse. The old America is dead, if it ever existed: in
its place is Zombie America, which is animated only by the memory of
past greatness. Bankrupt both financially and philosophically, with
a political class that long ago lost any sense of responsibility and
is rapidly driving us over a cliff, America is no longer "the
land of the free and the home of the brave" – it’s
the land of willing slaves and the home of the walking dead. Dead,
that is, to the heritage and spirit of what had once been the
greatest of republics, and is now an empire in the last throes of
was killed because she
wore the hijab, and yet we are
living in a world where a major Western country has outlawed this
religious garb. Amid all the debate over campaigning by some
"progressives" to boycott products from Israeli
settlements, we hear nothing of any campaign to boycott French
products for singling out a particular religious minority. What if
they had banned the wearing of yarmulkes?
President recently remarked that "If I had a son, he’d
look like Trayvon [Martin]," the young African American
recently killed by an overzealous member of a "neighborhood
patrol." One wonders what it takes to get the President to
notice a victim of a vicious racist murder that doesn’t
involve someone who looks like a member of his own family. Al
Sharpton and MSNBC may not be whipping the public up into a frenzy
over the murder of Shaima Alawadi, but then again, that’s a
good reason to notice it, and come out with a strong statement
against this kind of hate. President George W. Bush, for all the
evil he wrought, had the moral sense to condemn the sentiments that
motivated Shaima’s killer (or killers) the moment they reared
their ugly heads. Will Obama have the basic decency to do the same?
Or is he so afraid of the zombies who believe he’s a secret
Muslim that he doesn’t dare speak up?
betting on the latter, but I’m open to being surprised.