Rant: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Dusts Off “They Hate Us For Our Freedom” Lie About Muslims [Video]
You knew America was going to war with Iraq when conservatives began offering this black and white, us versus them, reasoning for why we were attacked on September 11th. Never did they offer a nuanced explanation for the attacks which included the role of American foreign policy. No, it was all about how they hated us for our freedom, and how we should counterbalance that by invading Iraq (and eating Freedom Fries, of course). So how do we know that America is headed towards a conflict with Iran? History is repeating itself.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who is considered a moderate Republican by most, went on a euphoric anti-Muslim rant on Monday’s episode of Morning Joe that just wouldn’t quit:
They hate us because of their religion, they hate us because of their culture, and they hate us because of peer pressure. You talk to any intelligence person, they will tell you that’s the same thing. And all those people who think we’re going to go over there and change them are just naive. Think about the savagery — the sheer unrestrained savagery — that we have seen across the Middle East and the Arab world because of a crude film. They know what they’re doing.
Sound familiar? However, most thoughtful pundits have cautioned us against drawing the conclusion that the attacks against America’s embassies represent overwhelming anti-Americanism in the Arab world since 1) there were, in most cases, only a few hundred people involved in the protests in countries of millions 2) there were also pro-American rallies after the murders in Libya. Scarborough knows this, he just doesn’t care. More important than telling the truth is doing the bidding of your benefactors by saber rattling and spewing anti-Muslim venom. Job well done, Joe. Iran, here we come.
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