Seriously, things aren't working out the way IFAW's founders had hoped. The Terrorism Awareness Project's site tells us, "During the week of October 22-26, 2007, the nation will be rocked by the biggest conservative campus protest ever -- Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, a wake-up call for Americans on 200 university and college campuses."
I don't know about you, but I don't feel very rocked...
IFAW is the brainchild of David Horowitz, a right winger who's never moved on from the college phase of his life. After being a Maoist in college, he "saw the light" and switched sides. Unfortunately, he just swapped left wing crazy for right wing crazy -- he spends most of his time freaking out about things that don't actually exist. Horowitz is pretty much what you'd expect from someone who once was a communist and became a far right nut; he lives in a high-contrast world of black and white. For him, there's no middle position between Karl Marx and himself. You either agree with him or you're a communist or a terrorist or both.
Which is why there's an Islamofascism Awareness Week. Because colleges don't teach kids to hate Muslims. If you don't hate all Muslims, then you love all Muslims -- from Dave Chappelle to Osama Bin Laden. And, since the world is incredibly simple and black and white, if Osama Bin Laden exists and is Muslim, then all Muslims are bad. He claims to support "moderate Muslims," but it's unclear who he considers these people to be. He's never had anything good to say about any Muslim organization -- as far as he's concerned, they're all terrorists or terrorist sympathizers. In other words, "Islamofascists."
The fact is that sooner or later, Horowitz is going to be right -- all Muslims will be terrorists because we'll all be terrorists. The trend on the right is to label anyone and anything they don't like as terrorists. For example, there's no such thing as drug runners anymore, they're "narco terrorists." In fact, this "everyone's a terrorist" attitude is creeping into government.
The U.S. terrorist watch list has swollen to more than 755,000 names, according to a new government report, giving pause to some about the effectiveness of the list.
The computerized list, typically used to check people entering the United States, has grown by about 200,000 people annually since 2004. Some lawmakers, analysts and civil rights advocates say the list will become virtually ineffective if it grows too large.
"It undermines the authority of the list," Lisa Graves of the Center for National Security Studies told USA Today. "There's just no rational, reasonable estimate that there's anywhere close to that many suspected terrorists."
At this rate, every person in America will be a suspected terrorist eventually. Then we'll be safe... From ourselves... I guess.
Of course, there's more than one way to destroy America. Right wing front group Family Security Matters helpfully lists The Ten Most Dangerous Organizations in America:
10. Think Progress
9. Muslim Student Association
7. American Civil Liberties Union, National
6. Family Research Council
5. Center for American Progress
4. League of the South
2. Universities and Colleges
1. Media Matters for America
I love that Media Matters is the #1 most dangerous organization in America. With the ever-ballooning terrorist watchlist, you'd think it'd be al Qaeda -- but they don't even make the roster. The entire right hates Media Matters, because MM posts video and audio clips of all the crazy-assed spew righties say in the media. It's hard to deny you said it when there's a video on the internet showing you saying it. Media Matters is dangerous because they tell the truth and prove it.
Also fun, the Center for American Progress actually makes the list twice -- Think Progress is their blog. And FSM makes sure to throw in two right wing organizations to make it look balanced.
But, tying things back to Horowitz, notice what the #2 Most Dangerous Organization in America is -- "Universities and Colleges." Higher education is destroying America. If you went to college, you're suspect.
But what's really ironic is that FSM would list America-destroying organizations after encouraging the de facto destruction of America just months ago. They've since pulled the column, but you can access a screen capture of it here. Here are a few fun parts:
The inadequacy of Democracy, rule by the majority, is undeniable -- for it demands adopting ideas because they are popular, rather than because they are wise. This means that any man chosen to act as the agent of the people is placed in an invidious position: if he commits folly because it is popular, then he will be held responsible for the inevitable result. If he refuses to commit folly, then he will be detested by most citizens because he is frustrating their demands.
The wisest course would've been for President Bush to use his nuclear weapons to slaughter Iraqis until they complied with his demands, or until they were all dead. Then there would be little risk or expense and no American army would be left exposed. But if he did this, his cowardly electorate would have instantly ended his term of office, if not his freedom or his life.
The simple truth that modern weapons now mean a nation must practice genocide or commit suicide...
Pretty crazy, right? We haven't even gotten to the best part. "President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming "ex-president," FSM reports, then continues (emphasis theirs), "Or he can become "President-for-Life" Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Caesar and becoming ruler of the world?"
Yeah, and these nazis are telling us who wants to destroy America?
It seems to me that we should spend a lot less time worrying about the BS term "Islamofascism" and a lot more time worrying about plain old fascism. We're all slowly becoming terrorists -- not because our ideas are changing, but because the definition of the word is becoming broader and broader. Eventually, the fight against terrorism will become a fight to save us from ourselves.
Terrorism will never go away for these people, just as the threat of communism has never died for them. They need it, because they need you to freak the fuck out 24/7 and let them do whatever it takes to keep you safe. They need it because their arguments for their brand of fascism are so poor that they can't put them out there alone -- they need a scary "Islamofascist" standing next to them for the arguments to even seem to make sense.
You may have missed Islamofascism Awareness Week, but here's hoping you're now much more aware of actual fascism in America.
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