Time Magazine blames America’s crumbling infrastructure on “Islamophobia”

ByPamela Geller on March 4, 2016
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How long before these Islamic thugs blame islamophobia for cancer and AIDS?

What’s worse is news personalities such as Megyn Kelly and publications such as TIME host stealth jihadist clowns, i.e. Haroon Moghul as “experts,” giving him and his seditious colleagues the imprimatur of legitimacy.

Time Magazine blames America’s crumbling infrastructure on “Islamophobia” By Robert Spencer, March 4, 2016:

It’s always fun to see Haroon Moghul, or “Dwayne,” as he styles himself for fear of “Islamophobia” at Starbucks, taking up the cudgels again, as his increasingly risible “Islamophobia” victimhood posturing has made him the clown prince of the “Islamophobia” propaganda industry: Dwayne is far funnier than, say, Dean Obeidallah, who actually calls himself a comedian but appears never to have said anything funny in his life. To be sure, Moghul is as vicious as other “Islamophobia” propagandists, despite his comic persona: he cheerfully traffics in defamation and dishonesty and routinely takes advantage of his audience’s ignorance about Islam to invert reality, portraying Muslims as victims of a cruel “Islamophobia” machine, instead of non-Muslims threatened by the global jihad.

And now we learn from the sage and stalwart Dwayne that “Islamophobia” is to blame for these factoids: “Your smartphone is more advanced than nearly every air-traffic control system. Our sewage pipes, bridges and highways are falling apart. The residents of Flint, Michigan, just found their water is the opposite of potable….You can blame Islamophobia for that.” What? Have dastardly “Islamophobes” infiltrated the air-traffic control system and the government of Flint, Michigan? Have these “Islamophobic” villains persuaded those who take care of our nation’s sewage pipes, bridges and highways that if they kept them in good repair, Muslims might use them?

No. Dwayne has a splendid comic touch, but he is not quite that good. What he means is that if we hadn’t spent all that money in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have the money to shore up our infrastructure. And that is actually true. Osama bin Laden has stated that he carried out the 9/11 attacks in order to weaken America economically, and he succeeded in splendid fashion. Both the Iraq and Afghanistan incursions were disasters in every way. They were intended to create stable secular republics that would be beacons of freedom in the Islamic world; only someone who believed that Islam is religion of peace that is completely compatible with democracy could ever have thought that outcome would be achieved.

The problem, however, was how we responded to 9/11, not the fact that we responded at all. But Moghul is suggesting that the best response to the global jihad threat would be to ignore it: al-Qaeda, he says, was “a fringe terrorist movement with the support of the backwater Taliban” that Bush transformed into “an existential threat to Western civilization.” Never mind that the Taliban actually ruled Afghanistan at the time, and that al-Qaeda had a global network and had declared war against the United States. “Jeb Bush was one of the rare Republican candidates who wasn’t an anti-Muslim bigot, but he still described ISIS as an ‘existential threat.’ Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, maybe, and in any case, Jeb’s out. But I hardly think Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi can destroy the world’s most powerful nation.” Certainly not by means of a conventional war. But his plan is to overwhelm law enforcement and intelligence agencies with so many jihad attacks and plots that they collapse, and bring the whole system down with them. And in September 2014, the Islamic State issued a lengthy call to Muslims to murder non-Muslim civilians in the U.S. It says: “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. Do not lack. Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, ‘May I not be saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by manmade laws) patron survives.’ If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops. If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face.” Yes, how “Islamophobic” of Jeb to see this group as an existential threat!

What’s more, as wrongheaded as Bush was about both Iraq and Afghanistan, he was responding to a jihad attack that took 3,000 lives. Haroon Moghul is characterizing that response as “Islamophobia.” Apparently he would have preferred we had surrendered outright.

More below.

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“Islamophobia Is Ruining America—But Not How You Think,” by Haroon Moghul, Time, February 26, 2016:

…Each time I land at JFK, I am amazed. Shortly after you exit, the manicured lawns vanish, the smooth surfaces become potholed and cratered—New York begins. Heaven forbid you fly to LaGuardia, where there’s only a creaking bus service. It is almost impossible to go via mass transit between most of Brooklyn and Queens, which are over four million people. Many of the city’s rail tunnels still haven’t recovered from Hurricane Sandy, and nobody knows what’ll happen if there’s another big storm. The Second Avenue subway was conceived before we could conceive of a black President, and it’s still not done. This is America’s alpha city and, with London, one of the two most important. In the world. But New York isn’t an American outlier.

Your smartphone is more advanced than nearly every air-traffic control system. Our sewage pipes, bridges and highways are falling apart. The residents of Flint, Michigan, just found their water is the opposite of potable. We are still the world’s most powerful country, one of the most secure, and one of the most stable. But our country has been crumbling apart for years now, and we’ve done next to nothing about it.

You can blame Islamophobia for that.

Islamophobia is like racism not because Islam is a race, but because, for the Islamophobe, “Islam” plays the same role “race” did for racists. It’s all about broad, sweeping, malicious judgments. Has any other demographic had to suffer the indignity of being declared insufficiently loyal to be President, or hear proposals to be banned from the country? When Trump and Cruz argue over who will impose more war crimes, do you think they mean to waterboard Dylann Storm Roof, or kill his family members?

No one said that Muslims were “insufficiently loyal to be President.” Ben Carson noted that elements of Sharia contradict Constitutional freedoms, which is manifestly true, since Sharia denies the freedom of speech and equality of rights for women and non-Muslims. Carson pointed out that a Sharia-adherent Muslim would have troubled defending certain elements of the Constitution. That was true, and needs to be discussed. Instead, as Leftist commentators always do, Dwayne misrepresents the position of those he hates and fears and sets up a straw man.

There are a lot of explanations for where this hateful language comes from; a report for the Center for American Progress, Fear, Inc., outlined the deliberate and calculated inflammation of anti-Muslim sentiment on the right.

Yes, “anti-Muslim sentiment” comes from “Islamophobes.” Nobody would get a negative view of Islam from, say, Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki and Khaled Shaikh Mohammed and Muhammad Atta and Nidal Malik Hasan and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Mohammed Abdulazeez and Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik and so very many others like them. Tell us another, Dwayne!

But Islamophobia was also the vehicle by which the Bush administration was able to sell its policies. Most Americans know very little about Islam. Most, as President Obama recently pointed out, don’t know a Muslim, or don’t know they know a Muslim. (Knowing a Muslim is the best inoculant against anti-Muslim bigotry.) Which is why the Bush administration could sell the Iraq war to a fearful and unknowing public.

So the Bush administration transformed a fringe terrorist movement with the support of the backwater Taliban into an existential threat to Western civilization, which, if true, demanded we respond accordingly. And that’s one of the major reasons why Americans could be persuaded to go to war with a country that didn’t attack us. So while I could tell you why anti-Muslim sentiment is bad for Muslims, maybe it’ll be more impactful if we consider why it’s bad for Americans generally.

The Iraq war, which was an easier sell given our tendency to conflate Arabs, Muslims and everything about the Middle East, cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers, and injured thousands more. By circumventing the U.N., we lost much of our moral capital, and created a precedent for aggression by regional powers worldwide. Hundreds of thousands Iraqis died, and many in the Muslim world still only see America through this lens. By focusing on Iraq, which rapidly spun out of control, we abandoned Afghanistan, where the Taliban are now resurgent there. If all this was not horrible enough, the Iraq war also led to the rise of ISIS, which has dragged us back in. Even if we wanted to walk away, we can’t; ISIS is far too dangerous for us to ignore.

Some three years ago, the Iraq war was estimated to have cost us $2 trillion dollars. Researchers have suggested that amount could rapidly increase over coming years, never mind the rise of ISIS and the deployment of American forces anew. As a comparison, free public college for all Americans would cost $70 billion a year. Not only is that much cheaper, but the latter is an investment that would pay dividends for years to come. The Iraq war didn’t make America safer and, if we’re really lucky, the war will be wound down and ISIS defeated and the region returns back to the status quo. And all the while, many other countries, like China, invested in their own economies. Even oil-rich Saudi Arabia has been making huge investments in energy, public transportation and green initiatives. You’d think, after a decade of this, that we would have caught on. Instead Islamophobia is still used to score cheap points, and avoid real problems….

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  • wilypagan

    More dirty tricks from the GOPe against the man who would save America from the Muslim invasion: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/03/breaking-trump-pulls-out-of-cpac/

    • Lonnie Robinson

      Blame time magazine on republicans? You’re insane so go back to playing with your coloring books and crayons :)

      Or maybe I misunderstood you but what is “GOPe”.

      So if I misspoke then use colored pencils instead :)

  • Muslim imbecile, Muslims’ ‘Americaphobia’ is the problem. GET OUT if you don’t like it!

  • Borum

    Time mag has become so un-American etc. as to be destructively boycotted out of existence. Let only the idiots who believe their crap support them.
    It doesn’t matter how old they are as an American publication institution.
    When they conjure crap upon the American public, they deserve to be destroyed.

    • jwbaumann

      The problem is that there are lots of idiots.

  • JSebastian

    (Knowing a Muslim is the best inoculant against anti-Muslim bigotry.)

    Unless, the Muslim you know is Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Khaled Shaikh Mohammed, Muhammad Atta , Nidal Malik Hasan, the Tsarnaev brothers, Mohammed Abdulazeez , or Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Mali.

    Or knowing any of the muslims who hold signs advocating that anyone who “insults Islam” is to be beheaded or sincerely believes that Sharia law gives them the right to seek islamic domination over the entire planet.

    Knowing those muslims might tend to make the person a bit more aware of the problems inherent in Islam, I would imagine.

    • unbatedmedusa

      You forgot Barry Mohammad Obama lol

  • Don Grantham

    In the not too distant dystopian future…

    • Millionmileman

      It’s even worse, I have the video!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvuM3DjvYf0

      • Don Grantham

        I’ll never forget that scene, and it holds even more relevance for today’s royally fu-ked up world. G-d damn them all to hell indeed… we ARE the Planet of the Liberal Apes.

        • Lonnie Robinson

          A perfect analogy :)

      • I wonder if that’s Barry standing next to the horse. After all, Barry has done much to destroy our nation.

        • Millionmileman

          That’s unfair to horeses. It must be a Demorat Ass!

    • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

      Liberty leant further and further to the left until finally it toppled.

      • Don Grantham

        Very well said.

  • RCQ_92130

    Time Magazine isn’t yet dead?

    Who knew?

    • Mahou Shoujo

      It is worse then dead, it is a tool of islam.

      • Don Grantham

        Time is a’changin’…

        • Mahou Shoujo

          More, it’s a’ rotting. The glossy paper is unsuitable to wrap fish in or line the cat box with.

          • Don Grantham

            Makes for lousy fire logs too.Lots of smoke, and very little actual heat.
            Rather fitting…

          • Mahou Shoujo

            True, totally a waste of pulp that could be used to make toilet paper instead of landfill.

          • Don Grantham

            Never underestimate the value of quality toilet paper. Remember… the Koran is now 2-ply, which gives it a distinct lead over comparable shitmags like Time.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            True, but time has pictures, something to ridicule whilst contemplating.

          • joker

            Is the koraaaan cheaper than toilet paper?

        • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

          Ha Ha Ha! Excellent! A ‘Don’ Mot! ( as oppoosed to a Bon Mot or witty saying)

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Time magazine is a dusty musty stale smell of a once semi believable and passably honest accurate news magazine. Today it is a dull tool of politically correct progressive multiculturalism, with its head so far up its derrière, it can see its own tonsils from the bottom. Not worth reading, other than for something to ridicule when trying to describe how insipidly vapid and vacuous the lame stream media has become.

    • George E. Smith

      Well put, M’Lady!

    • Lonnie Robinson

      True ‘dat’ :)

  • EJO

    If you this is crazy, look at this.
    ———-
    Published on Feb 29, 2016Saudi cleric Sheikh Sa’d Al-Ateeq, who stars in a fatwa show on the Saudi Ahwaz TV channel, said that people may catch cancer when they post pictures of themselves and their children on social media platforms.

    Sheikh Al-Ateeq warned that other people might print these pictures and apply sorcery to them.
    ———-
    Saudi Sheikh: Photos Posted On Social Media May Cause Cancer In Children

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCZfpI9oHJE

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      I thought Sheikhs had no islamic religious authority?

    • joker

      Lets do sorcery with all muzzrat pictures published on the internet and give them all a nice cancer, aids and allah knows what else.

    • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

      Phenomenal. A guy dressed like a wizard talking about printer sorcery. Do they have him on for a laugh ?

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    I almost wish I could read what the muslum’s lies were, but for some reason I don’t and I remain happier for it. All I really need to read is Mrs. Geller’s expert dissection of the muslum’s lies.

  • Drew the Infidel

    How far out of touch can one person be? His calls for violence against non-muslimes overlooks one very important bedrock American belief, the Second Amendment. Bring it on, b*tch!

  • Street Detective

    why is this “person” even given any coverage at all with calling him names Pamela will not allow here?

    why doesn’t this person just go back to the apparent paradise-on-earth he must have left to reach the apparent hell-hole of America?

  • got243kids

    America is not run by Americans anymore. Think about it.
    Do our representatives represent us?
    Do our representatives uphold the constitution?

    We have been enslaved by foreign influence.

    • Don Grantham

      They took advantage of our kindness and generosity, then they infiltrated all levels of government, and then they handed us our own collective ass…

      • honeybee

        No we handed ” our collective backsides” to them. Texas Ladies don’t say a–.

        • Don Grantham

          Asscuse me.

          • honeybee

            I said ladies don’t say a–. and you , obviously. ain’t no Lady/

      • got243kids

        “are about to try and hand us our collective (backside).”

    • Lonnie Robinson

      And our refusal to fight back.

      • got243kids

        10 months of record firearm sales and jam packed training and CCW programs provides a different picture.

        • Iamnumber6

          Not yet it doesn’t. The will to use them is not there yet.

        • Do you think that when Barry goes to bed at night he says: Gee, I’m the greatest gun salesman ever?

          • Don Grantham

            No… that would be Allan Hugh Ackbar.

          • got243kids

            I think it is the one thorn that is his greatest agitation. I also believe his intent is to rip this country to shreds by pitting us against each other. He is a spineless agitator with a serious puppet master pulling his strings.

  • Lonnie Robinson

    Just some more non sequitur babble by Time. Who the fcuk reads this rag?

  • Metatrona

    Islamophobia is a very healthy response to the savage murderous impulses of Muslims. Muslims are born savage, raised savage, and rewarded for being savage. The correct response is Islamophobia. It is wise to arm and protect yourself against Muslim savagery.

  • Iamnumber6

    Time magazine still exists?

    This man is so right. We wasted all that money in Iraq and Afghanistan and have nothing to show for it. Should have leveled the entire place and taken all the oil. Instead now we have endless rapefugees coming into the West as an invading army.

  • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

    A huge disservice is done when a magazine like Time downplays the threat posed to the Western way of life by Islam. As Pamela writes above, it gives stealth jihadists the “imprimatur of legitimacy”

    The argument that it is ISLAMophobic to respond to an ISLAMist attack that murdered 3000 people is quite ridiculous and doesn’t even deserve a response. The argument that the response itself could have been better…..none of us could honestly say that’s been without flaw.
    It HAS cost the US and Australia and Britain, The Netherlands etc a lot of money, money much better spent elsewhere, but that doesn’t take away from or change the underlying fact that islam is an insidious virulent existential threat to our freedom and way of life. Islam is still a regressive millstone around the neck of scientific enquiry, gender equality, individual expression, freedom to hold dissenting opinion and/or express that opinion, it’s worse than a millstone, a millstone conjurs visions of a brake or hindrance – whereas none of these things are countenanced at all in islam, it’s totally dogmatic and intolerant.
    It’s vile violent and barbaric and a pothole in an American road or an unfinished railway spur in no way diminishes those facts. It costs a lot to investigate a murder case too, money that could more profitably be used elsewhere, but that fact in no way diminishes the wrong of murder.

  • The origional roger

    I had a blown tyre on my trailer last week from Islamaphobia, tore it to shreds.

  • joe1429

    It was a disaster because we didnt take the oil fields, in iraq, as iran is now doing