Blame the black man
In an otherwise uncharacteristically astute column, George Will writes:
But who, he wonders, will control the likes of Moqtada al-Sadr? Imagine, Ricks says, another cleric, the Rev. Al Sharpton, controlling the Bronx with a militia he can call into the streets at any time.
Writers at the Washington Post believe that the closest thing we Americans have to a violent radical cleric is a black liberal from godless NY city. (He didn't even have to the good graces to pick Farrakhan, for god's sake.) And here I thought liberals' biggest problem was that we didn't have enough of that old time religion.
I have news for both Ricks and Will. There are plenty of radical American clerics who I can imagine controlling large portions of the country with a well-armed militia, and none of them are black or liberal.
And why do you suppose an image of armed blacks came to mind when they wanted to evoke the boogeyman?
Because the idea of mullah Pat is too controversal for them, even though he rants like one.
posted by Steve @ 11:00:00 AM