Tuesday, September 12, 2006

D'Souza Joins the Taliban

Among others, Michael Berube (with accents), Ezra Klein, and Clif (at Outside the Tent) are mortified by the "Coulter-like" blurb for Dinesh D'Souza's new book, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility For 9/11.

Assuming the publisher's promotional copy accurately summarizes the book's contents, D'Souza follows in the footsteps of Jerry Falwell, who (not coincidentally) was the subject of a hagiography penned by D'Souza 12 years ago. His latest book claims to reveal exactly who's to blame for the September 11 attacks:
He argues that it is not our exercise of freedom that enrages our enemies, but our abuse of that freedom--from the sexual liberty of women to the support of gay marriage, birth control, and no-fault divorce, to the aggressive exportation of our vulgar, licentious popular culture.
So, do I have this right? D'Souza feels that we must be more like the Taliban and Al Qaeda in order to convince them that we're really not their enemies after all.

Um, Brother Dinesh--wouldn't it just be a whole lot easier if we all just became adherents of Islamic fundamentalism?

Tim Cavanaugh at Reason Magazine, though, wins the prize for the most appropriate and most sarcastic response to D'Souza's neo-fundamentalist screed:
I'm just hoping D'Souza's got the balls to object to the aspect of our sick society that infuriates the Islamists most of all: America's notorious tolerance for Jews. After all, hip hop and gay marriage are pretty small potatoes compared to that one.
I'm sure that part will be in his next book.