I refer, of course, to the media's treatment of Trump. There is so much they are throwing at him that it's tough to decide what to examine. Since, however, we are in the Olympic season (Note: I wish the Olympics would go away) I have been drawn to stories about the, apparently, sole Muslim athlete on the US team, a female fencer by the name of Ibtihaj Muhammad. I don't know her at all. I had never heard of her until I saw her march out with the USA team in Rio. She might be a truly wonderful person and the world's greatest female fencer. I don't know, and for the purposes of this little post, I don't care. She has let herself either deliberately or inadvertently become a tool for the insane media overlords who pretend to tell us how to live and think.
The Washington Post--Of course!--carried a piece on her dated August 8--other outlets, e.g., the BBC and CNN, had similar items previously.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, the fencer who happens to also be the first American Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, had strong words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about his immigration plans for Muslims.
“I think his words are very dangerous,” Muhammad, who is competing in team sabre competition Monday morning, told CNN last week. “When these types of comments are made, no one thinks about how they really affect people. I’m African American. I don’t have another home to go to. My family was born here. I was born here. I’ve grown up in Jersey. All my family’s from Jersey. It’s like, well, where do we go?”First, let me wipe away the tears blurring my vision. OK, now, let's go on. Let's start with Trump's "words are very dangerous." There you have it, folks. That summarizes progressive and Muslim thinking all in four little words. George Orwell must be laughing his head off. The rest of the article runs in a similar vein of setting up straw man opponents. Read it and you'll see. I am going to focus on the two little paragraphs I copied above.
Ibtihaj was born here. Congratulations, but when has Trump said "dangerous words" that would lead her or anybody else to think that he would deport Americans? That's a fake argument, and the WaPo knows it. She doesn't have another home; I see . . . you know who else? The million Jews expelled from Arab lands since 1948 by Ibtihaj's co-religionists. You know who else? The thousands upon thousands of Christians chased out of their ancestral homes or murdered by, you guessed it, Ibtihaj's co-relgionists. A little more awareness might be in order, Ibtihaj, if you're going to make pronouncements on politics and the world scene. That advice goes for the WaPo, too.
Let's not even talk about whether a candidate's words are more "dangerous" than Muslims crashing airliners into buildings, setting off car bombs in market places, beheading people on the beach, throwing gays off buildings, driving a giant truck through vacationers, shooting and torturing young people at a music concert, etc.
No, let's not talk about that.
Let's talk about words.
Yes, such as the words found in Hillary Clinton's private and unsecure email server that discussed Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, who might have provided critical intel to the US. The man was hanged after Clinton and her aide discussed his case on unclassified email. Now those are some words that are dangerous, and dangerous, by the way, to a Muslim.
En garde, Ibtihaj.