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A Word from the Imam


I wonder whether my colleagues are getting mail like this: “Have you ever said an unkind word about Wahhabi imams? Have you ever linked their venomous rhetoric to acts of terrorism? . . . Well, Mr Nordlinger, for terrorist attack in Tuscan, you ARE the imam.” Now, the New York Times doesn’t write like this correspondent, and the CNN people don’t talk that way. But the underlying point, or charge, is the same.

In all honesty, I don’t see what the Tucson massacre has to do with Republicans and Democrats, with Sarah Palin or me. I really don’t. How did this get to be about Sarah Palin? Because everything in America is about Sarah Palin, for those with Palin on the brain? The killer was apparently a loon whose psychotic flights led him to a murder spree. And because the congressman who was the main target has a “D.” after her name, instead of an “R.,” people like me are getting mail like the letter quoted above. Two seconds ago, the Left was hot against Congressman Giffords, because she is an immigration hawk and voted against Nancy Pelosi. (Headline in Daily Kos: “My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!”) And now Sarah Palin is supposed to have killed her, or tried to?

What a sick country, with a sick political culture, in many ways. (For more on this matter — more from me, that is — see a post from last night.)


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