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Five Years On, Fox Guest Dinesh D'Souza Reverts to the Falwellian Insanity of Blaming the ACLU for 9/11

Reported by Melanie - January 19, 2007 -

The second segment today (January 19, 2007) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto was about how the "cultural left" is to blame for 9/11. Cavuto promoted it at the beginning of the show with, "Does Al Qaeda hate us because of Hollywood? Meet a guy who says yeah!" After a segment with Bernie Kerik about how we're "letting our guard down," as evidenced by the fact that in the "State of Our Union" address Nancy Pelosi gave today she didn't mention the word "terror" once, Cavuto introduced Dinesh D'Souza, the author of The Enemy at Home.

(D'Souza appeared on Colbert's show on Wednesday and Colbert ripped him a new one.)

Cavuto introduced D'Souza with: "You think terrorists were to blame for 9/11? My next guest says not so fast. He puts the blame, actually, on what he calls the cultural left in America and points to people like Britney Spears and Hillary Clinton."

D'Souza, a very verbose guy, said that five years after 9/11, "the event is not that well understood. There are foreign policy roots of it and then there are cultural roots of it." Traditional Muslims, "not the radical Muslims," look at some of the "excesses...some of the decadence of American culture. They see it then celebrated and championed...and they say look, this is going to corrode our values. We have to close the eyes of our children. ... The ordinary Muslim, to him, the Palestinians or American troops in Mecca is an abstraction, but if you tell him his own family is threatened, his own values are going to be corroded..."

Frustrated that D'Souza wasn't bashing Hollywood enough, or naming names, Cavuto turned to Kerik who Cavuto had invited to say on for this segment too: "All the more reason to hate us...is that feeling out there that they hate us...because of our movies, because of our celebrities?"

Kerik, who Cavuto said had been to the Middle East "more than anybody I know," didn't quite bite: "I don't see it as the speaker mentioned," but the radical fundamentalists, "basically hate everybody that doesn't believe what they believe."

Back to D'Souza: "You have a whole alliance of international left wing groups that are actually promoting an ideological agenda abroad." And with that, he went on to talk about the usual suspects, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. So, he insisted, "while the liberals accuse Bush of imperialism for oil, the left has its own campaign of cultural imperialism."

Bingo! Cavuto was happy with that! "That's a very interesting point. In other words, the leftist push...that is what is really infuriating these countries?"

Back to Kerik, who was finally on track and ready to tow the line: "Well, you're absolutely right. We have to pull the politics out of this. The bottom line is you have to hold the people accountable that are responsible for the mass murders. You can say it's Hillary Clinton or it's Britney Spears. The bottom line, it's Al Qaeda and the others that attacked the towers." (That, after all those visits to the Middle East?)

On to D'Souza who said that Bin Laden's appeal is, "fundamentally a religious and moral appeal," but "foreign policy is smuggled into that," and while he doesn't "agree with this critique," (the one he and Fox had just spent five minutes promoting), "I think we should be aware of it and respond to it."

Not wanting his audience to be left with that as a last thought, Cavuto wrapped it up with, "Well, it's very interesting Dinesh. You opened a lot of people's eyes to something that maybe we forget about, that has nothing to do with imperial tendencies."

Comment: We Americans shouldn't stand for this crap. It is inconceivable to me that five years after 9/11 our "news" media has come full circle on this critical, extraordinarily complicated issue and is back to blathering on like Jerry Falwell did on September 14, 2001. Either we want to understand how we fit into this world or we don't, and if we don't, then the next time "they hit us," we have no right to ask, "Why do they hate us?"

1-21-07: More on Dinesh D'Souza and his new book: Stinky Inky, Part V: Dinesh D'Souza and the Smatterers at the Philadelphia Inquirer and None (but Me) Dare Call It Treason.