Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Muddled Thinking

Note the odd way in which the New York Post's infamous Page Six gossip columnist and would-be journalist, Richard Johnson tries to link Islamic belief and "the U.S. inter vention [sic] in Iraq."

Apparently, a Muslim interrupts a strip tease in a bar because it offends his beliefs (despite the fact that he's drinking alcohol in said bar) and this is a reminder of why we're in Iraq?

It's this kind of muddled thinking that has nigh 70 percent of Americans believing we invaded Iraq because they attacked us on 9/11.

For the record, Mr. Johnson, it's possible for the same brain to harbor the following thoughts:
  • Saddam Hussein was a wicked man and his arrest was an occasion for celebration
  • Still, the U.S. occupation of Iraq was a mistake
  • Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11
  • Some practitioners of Islam harbor odd and even harmful beliefs
  • A small number of these believers may be involved in violence against the United States and its allies
  • Random Muslims drinking in American bars shouldn't be lumped together with vicious terrorists
I could go on, but you get the idea.