Tony Blankley has an excellent column in the Washington Times today titled Governing class: Elites or idiots? His answer, unsurprisingly, is “idiots.” It begins:
Anti-anti-Islamic radical -ism is growing among Western elites. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood Islamist terror attack on our troops by United States Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan and the Christmas Day airline Islamist terror attack attempt, it is becoming ever more obvious that there is a widening gap between public common sense and governing class idiocy when it comes to spottingIslamist danger in our midst – and doing something about it.
Why are they such idiots? He explains that American and European elites in government, the academy, journalism and foreign policy believe that “radical Muslims are the victims of Western bigotry and cultural hostility — rather than, primarily, the other way round.” And the policies promoted by such elites are based on this idiotic belief.
It’s well worth reading the whole article. Blankley’s thesis certainly explains why we have let in 80,000-plus Somalis without a qualm as well as various other potentially dangerous Muslim refugees. He wrote the column in response to a spate of recent articles “that mostly sneer at even a discussion of the threat,” as one of the sneerees: His 2005 book, The Wests’ Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?, predicted several subsequent events such as Muslim attacks and riots, and the growing acceptance of Sharia law in the West. It’s on our list of recommended books, which you can look at here.
The subhead of the article: Remember in November to vote for common sense. I second the motion.