Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Andrew Sullivan Dishes it up right.

Andrew Sullivan has a very insightful piece from a conservative point of view that supports the words of Mr. Obama:

They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Mr. Sullivan's interpretation and references to neo-conservative works as proofs for this argument really trounces the rhettoric as promoted by William Kristol and his schadenfreude over the apparent gaffe in 'The Mask Slips...".

Where as Mr. Kristol relishes being able to quote Karl Marx in the original German when comparing Obama to a Communist: "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes.” (Religion is the opium of the masses) Mr. Sullivan is quick to point out the correlation betwixt Obama's assertion and a prime polemic of neo-conservatism in regards to, lets say... Islam
I certainly find it hard to understand the rise of Islamism without understanding the abject political and economic failure of many Arab states to respond to the genuine desires and needs of their citizens. In fact, I thought this link between the bitterness created by unrepresentative political institutions, economic failure and Islamism was a core feature of neoconservative thought.
So can we only draw connections between bitterness and fundamentalism in the context of Islam and the middle east? Mr. Sullivan doesn't believe so (and neither do I), and I'm sure if Mr. Kristol were to think articles through rather than simply throw up on his typewriter he would have realized his hypocrisy in his words and the double edged sword he was brandishing on attacking anything and anyone with a (D) by their name.

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