Hat tip: Anna
Phyllis Chesler is what I would describe as a politically incorrect (and somewhat right-leaning) feminist. She’s an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s studies, and an author. A few years ago, I read her book Woman’s Inhumanity To Woman, which was about the cruelty of women towards each other, which was always (according to her) a taboo subject for feminists. I liked how she set out to explore a topic that is widely known but seldom written about. However, I thought the ending of the book was weak, in that she didn’t seem to offer any real solutions on how to curb such behavior. (At least I don’t remember what she recommended at the end.)
Unlike the mainstream American feminists, Chesler has always been very vocal in speaking out against the abuses women face in Islamic countries. For that, she deserves kudos.
Anyway, Chesler has her own blog on the Pajamas Media web site, where she has recently written about the pro Hamas demonstrations going on across the country. Here’s some of her commentary:
Demonstrators did not systematically and professionally take to the streets in America during the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, or currently, in Darfur, Sudan. Crowd-mobs did not do so to protest the public gang rapes of women in Congo or elsewhere. Feminists groups have not systematically and professionally marched against the continued stoning of women and the torture and murder of their feminist counterparts in the Islamic world.
Few demonstrators marched and continued to march when Israeli civilians were blown up in pizza parlors, discotheques, hotels, on buses, and in their own homes. Yes, there were some large pro-Israel demonstrations but never filled with hate, never ready to physically confront or to kill anyone.
Mob-demonstrators marched only when Israel fought back. They called the “Security Fence” the “Apartheid Wall.”
What we are looking at here is very clear. The long-term Saudi funding of mosques and Middle East Institutes in America; the increasing radicalization of Islam; the over-the-top indoctrination of students by professors and of the masses by the media which has led to the belief that America and Israel are existentially evil and that jihadic terrorists are “freedom fighters” for the Great Good; the Palestinian use of the media to tell really Big Lies coupled with the media’s willingness to be misled; the penchant for street theatre as self-expression and a form of fascist-anarchic politics–all roads lead to Gaza in America today.
Now speaking of street theater, the blogress over at The Urban Grind covered last night’s Manhattan protest. She has a bunch of pictures of the Islamos and their sympathizers in their full keffiyeh/nazi regalia. Also, Pam at the Vigilant Squirrel Brigade has more photos and videos.
Also, if any of you are wondering why Israel decided to fight back NOW, after being bombarded with rockets for months, here’s what I think. They’re trying to get as much done as possible, while Bush is still the President, because they know that Obama and his hostile to Israel advisors won’t stand for this kind of thing.