Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bill O'Reilly and ISIS share the same goal

Isn't that something? Muslim terrorists and right-wing Christians share the same goal. They both want to make this a holy war.

They have many other similarities, too. They're both faith-based, both thinking that their own religion should be given special privileges. They both hate President Obama. They both think that men should control women (only for their own good, right?). They're similarly bigoted, automatically disliking people who are different from them. And they both love the idea of killing.

Primarily, in the short-term, both are desperate to create a holy war between Muslims and Christians. They're actually partners in that. Their real enemies aren't each other, but the people on both sides who'd rather live together in peace.

Certainly, ISIS should be opposed militarily, and that's exactly what we're doing. But this is a criminal organization, not Islam. Sure, they want to represent Islam, and right-wing Christians here in America want them to represent Islam, too. But just because two extremist groups agree about something, that doesn't mean the rest of us have to go along with them.

Remember the 9/11 attacks? That was a criminal act, but the Bush Administration didn't want to treat it as a crime. Instead, they wanted war. They yearned for war (as long as they didn't have to fight in it or pay for it, themselves). So, instead of doing the smart thing, they started the "war on terror."

They invaded Afghanistan. Why? Supposedly, that was to get Osama bin Laden, but was it, really? If it was, it was a huge failure. They failed so badly they stopped looking. It took Barack Obama, a decade later, to show us how we should have gone after Osama bin Laden in the first place.

And then they invaded Iraq! Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. It was just something the Republicans had long wanted to do, and 9/11 gave them an excuse (even though that excuse was based entirely on the lie that Saddam Hussein had WMDs). Of course, then we had to torture prisoners of war in a desperate attempt to justify the invasion, after the fact.

What happened was, we took a criminal act and turned it into "Onward Christian Soldiers." Republicans used the attack for their own purposes. They're still doing that. Certainly, they're still trying.

They created ISIS, and they love their creation. It gives them an enemy to hate, it gives them an excuse to spend more money on America's military, it gives them an excuse to wage more wars (what fun!), and it lets them paint America as a Christian nation engaged in a holy war with Muslims - exactly what ISIS wants painted, too.

They're partners. And yet they criticize same-sex marriage?

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