Politics College Republicans’ Goals Dovetail with Anti-War Left
posted by October 20 at 14:19 PMon
Today’s Seattle Times has an article on Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. The UW College Republicans are local sponsors for the events that are taking place at about 100 colleges across the country this week.
The UW College Republicans, organizer of the local events, say the week is intended to foster awareness of the terrorist threat posed by a small number of extremists within Islam.
The Web site includes suggested campus activities such as holding sit-ins outside women’s studies departments to protest “the silence of feminists over the oppression of women in Islam” and holding a memorial service for the “victims of Islamo-Fascist violence around the world.”
“What we’re going to be focusing more on specifically is the terrorist threat,” said Auggie Eck, vice president of UW College Republicans.
Certainly, I can understand why Muslims might be wary of such an event:
Amin Odeh, a board member with the local Arab American Community Coalition, … says Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week makes too general a link between extremism and Islam, and that the term “Islamo-fascism” links fascism with an entire religion.
And I’m sure it doesn’t ease Odeh’s fears that the headline after the jump in the newsprint article is: “Terrorism.”
But here’s the larger fucking point about this event that actually pisses me off: You know who needs Islamo-Fascism awareness week the most: The Bush Administration.
The Bush administration has spent nearly $450 billion on the Iraq war—a four-year misadventure that has nothing to do with Islamo-Fascism. Bush forgot all about al Qaeda and the actual war on Islamo-Fascism five years ago when he focused America’s resources on a bizarre, ill-informed invasion of Iraq. America was poised to capitalize on our victory over the Taliban and Islamo-fascism in Afghanistan, when unawares, Bush shambled into Iraq.
The College Republicans should team up with anti-Iraq war students and demand that America get some Islamo-Fascism awareness and get out of Iraq and get back to Afghanistan and western Pakistan—where al Qaeda regrouped while we were busy wasting precious time and money in Baghdad.