Political Correctness Demands Diversity In
Everything But Thought
- For 50 years I’ve been painstakingly cataloguing
the brutal militarism and human-rights violations of
US foreign policy, building up in the process a very
To my great
surprise, when I recently wrote about the
brutal militarism and human-rights violations of the
Islamic State, I received more criticism from my
readers than I’ve gotten for anything I’ve ever
written. Dozens of them asked to be removed from my
mailing list, as many as I’d normally get in a full
year. Others were convinced that it couldn’t
actually be me who was the author of such words,
that I must have been hacked. Some wondered whether
my recent illness had affected my mind. Literally!
And almost all of the Internet magazines which
regularly print me did not do so with this article.
should this be?
was being politically incorrect. The Islamic State,
you see, is composed of Muslims, and the United
States and its Western allies have bombed many
Muslim countries in the recent past killing
thousands of Muslims and causing widespread horror.
Therefore, whatever ISIS and its allies do is
“revenge”, simple revenge, and should not be
condemned by anyone calling himself a progressive;
least of all should violence be carried out against
these poor aggrieved jihadists.
inasmuch as ISIS is the offspring of religion, this
adds to my political incorrectness: I’m attacking
religion, God forgive me.
irrelevant to my critics is the fact that the
religious teachings of ISIS embrace murderous jihad
and the heavenly rewards for suicide bombings and
martyrdom. This, they insist, is not the real Islam,
a religion of peace and scholarly pursuits. Well,
one can argue, Naziism was not the real Germany of
Goethe and Schiller, of Bach and Brahms.
Fortunately, that didn’t keep the world from
destroying the Third Reich.
also consider this: From the 1950s to the 1980s the
United States carried out atrocities against Latin
America, including numerous bombings, without the
natives ever resorting to the repulsive uncivilized
kind of retaliation as employed by ISIS. Latin
American leftists took their revenge out on concrete
representatives of the American empire: diplomatic,
military and corporate targets, not markets,
theatres, nightclubs, hospitals, restaurants or
churches. The ISIS victims have included many
Muslims, perhaps even some friends of the
terrorists, for all they knew or cared.
matter to my critics that in my writing I have
regularly given clear recognition to the crimes
against humanity carried out by the West against the
Islamic world. I am still not allowed to criticize
the armed forces of Islam, for all of the above
stated reasons plus the claim that the United States
this last argument: It’s certainly true that US
foreign policy played an indispensable role in the
rise of ISIS. Without Washington’s overthrow of
secular governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and
– now in process – Syria, there would today be no
ISIS. It’s also true that many American weapons,
intentionally and unintentionally, have wound up in
the hands of terrorist groups. But the word
“created” implies intention, that the United States
wanted to purposely and consciously bring to life
the Frankenstein monster that we know and love as
wonder, how do we rid the world of the Islamic
State? I’m afraid it may already be too late. The
barn door is wide open and all the horses have
escaped. It’s not easy for an old anti-imperialist
like myself, but I support Western military and
economic power to crush the unspeakable evil of
ISIS. The West has actually made good progress with
seriously hampering ISIS oil sales and financial
transactions. As a result, it appears that ISIS may
well be running out of money, with defections of
unpaid soldiers increasing.
should also forget about regime change in Syria and
join forces with Russia against the terrorists.
readers, and many like them, have to learn to stop
turning the other cheek when someone yelling “Allahu
Akbar” drives a machete into their skull.
Blum is an author, historian, and U.S. foreign
policy critic. He is the author of
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions
Since World War II and
Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower,