Monday, May 14, 2007

Melanie Phillips - Soft Brainlessness in Action

Good old Melanie Phillips, you can always rely on her to fail to get to grips with the most basic points about terrorism. In a piece entitled The soft brainlessness of denying ‘Islamist terror’, Phillips displays soft brainlessness of her own inimitable kind. In her 'article' (such as it is), she claims the following:

The recruitment to Islamist extremism and terror of large numbers of British Muslims long predated 9/11 let alone Iraq.

Really? Fuck me, this woman is a genius. How did I not see this before? No wonder she is the leading intellectual light in modern Britain. Such incredible insight. Oh no, hang on a minute, let's look at that again:

The recruitment to Islamist extremism and terror of large numbers of British Muslims long predated 9/11 let alone Iraq.

Has anyone ever actually claimed that there was no extremism before Iraq?? I have never heard anyone make such a claim. If anyone can find a quote of someone actually claiming that there was no extremism before Iraq, please post it in the comments section. This is typical Phillips distortion. The point is, and always has been, that the Iraq war has seen an increase in radicalisation. An INCREASE. Got it Mel?? Notice the subtle difference?

soft brainlessness adj. relating to statements that are based on a distortion of fact to suit a particular agenda. See Melanie Phillips.

Idiot. Still nice to see that Mel hasn't given up on achieving Australian citizenship. She is still happy to prostrate herself in front of her beloved John Howard. Pass the sick bucket, I think I'm going to vomit.