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Pamela Geller, American Thinker: “Inoffensive Savagery”

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Please check out my latest article over at The American Thinker. The NY Times would sooner take the gaspipe (which are are inevitably doing anyway) than give me an opportunity to rebut their smears, defamation, and disinformation. That's why The American Thinker is on the ascent and The Times is barely clinging to life.

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Inoffensive Savagery

Pamela Geller


When is the word "savage" not racist and offensive? 

In Tunisian citizen Souhir Stephenson's "Tunisia, a Sad Year Later," published last Wednesday in the New York Times,
she wrote: "Tourism is dwindling. Who wants to vacation among bands of
bearded savages raiding embassies, staking their black pirate flag over
universities or burning trucks carrying beer?"

"Bearded savages." This appeared in the Times just six weeks after the paper ran a piece
calling my American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) subway ads
"potentially inflammatory" and quoting Muneer Awad of the Hamas-linked
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) calling me "a bigot and a
racist" for the ad, which reads: "In any war between the civilized man
and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat
jihad."

Indeed,
this ad touched off a nationwide firestorm, with pundits and activists
all over the country excoriating me for using the word "savage" to
describe Islamic jihadists and supremacists. CNN "journalist" Mona
Eltahawy was actually caught in the act of spray-painting over the ad,
and was arrested, after which little act of fascism she had the gall to claim that she was merely exercising her freedom of speech.

What is the difference between the New York Times's use of the word savage and the AFDI use?

Or Hillary Clinton's, for that matter? In a statement on September 12,
she used the same word to characterize those who had attacked our
consulate in Benghazi and murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and three
other American officials: "This was an attack by a small and savage
group — not the people or Government of Libya."

Is Clinton's use of the word savage offensive?

In
all of these instances, we are all describing the same barbarians:
Islamic jihadists who glory in violence and murder. So why is my ad
unacceptable, but no one is angry with Souhir Stephenson or the
Secretary of State?

My
use of the word "savage" has been widely decried as "racist" and
"dehumanizing." Critics have invoked the use of the term to describe
Native Americans and others in attempts to prove that any use of it is
clear evidence of racist and even genocidal inclinations. But is any and
every use of the word "savage" really some kind of thinly veiled call
for genocide? Nonsense. Franklin Delano Roosevelt called the Nazis
"savages." And they were. Would Muneer Awad call him "a bigot and a
racist" as well?

Nor
do the critics of the AFDI ad have anything at all to say about the
very real savagery that is committed in the name of the jihad against
Israel. And that in itself raises questions about their real agenda. The
AFDI ad refers not to all Muslims, as has often been claimed, but to
those jihadis who rejoice in the murders of innocent civilians. The war
on Israel is a war on innocent civilians. The targeting of civilians is
savage. The murder of Ambassador Stevens was savage. The relentless
60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage. The
torture of hostage Gilad Shalit was savage. The bloody hacking to death
of the Fogel family was savage. The Munich Olympic massacre was savage.
The unspeakable torture of Ehud Goldwasser was savage. The tens of
thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel (into schools,
homes, etc.) are savage. The vicious Jew-hatred behind this genocide is
savage. The endless demonization of the Jewish people in the
Palestinian and Arab media is savage. The refusal to recognize the state
of Israel as a Jewish state is savage. The list is endless.

This
kind of savagery goes on in the name of jihad on a daily basis around
the world — and my ads are the problem? Souhir Stephenson's piece in
the Times demonstrates the hypocrisy of the ad's critics, and their
moral myopia in identifying the resistance to savagery as worse than the
savagery itself.

It
is time for all genuine supporters of human rights to stand against the
savagery that Hillary Clinton identified in Libya and that Souhir
Stephenson rightly excoriates in Tunisia, and that is regularly
celebrated as heroism in Gaza. But do the guardians of acceptable
opinion have the courage to be consistent?

Continue reading here.

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