Friday, February 21, 2003
Jesse Jackson -- Friend to tyrants: The Jerusalem Post has a first-person article [free registration required] by Iraqi dissident Amir Taheri about his experiences at last week's "spontaneous" anti-war protest in London.
We managed to reach some of the stars of the show, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, the self-styled champion of American civil rights. One of our group, Salima Kazim, an Iraqi grandmother, managed to attract the reverend's attention and told him how Saddam Hussein had murdered her three sons because they had been dissidents in the Ba'ath Party; and how one of her grandsons had died in the war Saddam had launched against Kuwait in 1990.
"Could I have the microphone for one minute to tell the people about my life?" 78-year old Salima demanded.
The reverend was not pleased.
"Today is not about Saddam Hussein," he snapped. "Today is about Bush and Blair and the massacre they plan in Iraq." Salima had to beat a retreat, with all of us following, as the reverend's gorillas closed in to protect his holiness.
Too many of these "anti-war" protesters (I'd argue that the vast majority of them can be more accurately described as anti-American), don't want to hear anything about what Saddam Hussein does to his people, or other less-than-nice aspects of his tyrannical regime. In their little fantasy world, there is never a "today" that is about Saddam Hussein.
Saddam, because he is opposed by America, is an official member of the "victim" class -- and therefore can do no wrong.
This is what the radical left has come to -- and the political debate in America is the poorer for it.