Annals of Loonyism

This man loves our freedoms, insinuates nonexistence of "holy shrines"

So in digging up the Bin Laden quote for my prior post, I came across this hilarious blather on the Corner from September of 2007  titled, “‘Why did we not attack Sweden?’ Give Them Time.

Both bin Laden and Western leftists lampoon the notion that Islamism’s rage is elemental and derives from a generic hatred of Western freedom and the threats that Western-inspired modernism through global communications pose to tribal fundamentalists.

Instead they point to all sorts of perceived grievances de jour, from American troops once stationed in the “land of the holy shrines” to failure to sign Kyoto, as if America singularly had done something to earn al Qaeda’s attacks.
In a much quoted sneer, bin Laden—in his infamous preelection October 2004 infomerical—mocked that notion of hating us for who we are.
So he posed the rhetorical question (sometimes quoted approvingly in the West) “Why did we not attack Sweden?” His point, I gather,  was that Sweden wasn’t helping Israel or in Iraq, and its free culture per se thus warranted no Islamic response.
But wait. Consider the ongoing Islamic rage and threats over the Swedish cartoons—following the Danish cartoon furor. So now we can answer Terrorist Rex’s silly question. In fact, bin Laden, you do hate the freedom of the Scandinavians. And the reason so far why you haven’t yet done even more about it is only the relative smallness of such countries that puts them for the time being way down on your target list.
Of course, with enough Danish or Swedish cartoons, operas, documentaries, church decrees,etc. that could all change very quickly.
There’s a lot of febrile lather in there, but I think my favorite bit is equating taking offense/reaping political benefits from an intentionally provocative cartoon with hating Scandinavian freedom of speech in general.  Presumably, Victor Davis Hanson will be the first to defend the ACLU for their irrepressible patriotism and misunderstood love of our freedoms.

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