So earlier this week I got cc’d on an email with links to a Geert Wilders’ speech on YouTube.
The person who sent it said, in effect, “This is a must-see! What this man has to say is very important.”
Today one of the CC’s sent this reply:
I had a brief look, and if you are looking for feedback, I think you can safely ignore the man.
As you know, I was [redacted by me, but describes a mid-level position with Amnesty International] spending on average 2- 3 hours a day sifting through human rights reports – that’s a lot of knowledge, probably more than Wilders has.
I think if the threat [of batshit crazy Islam] was real, I would have got wind of it but I didn’t – nothing. Now Wilders might be right, but until I see his documentation and an explanation of how and why AI has it wrong and I’ve been duped over many years of careful study, I won’t be taking the man very seriously and – on the assumption you’re asking for feedback – I’d recommend you do the same.
Hope that helps – [redacted personal information] I’m up to my eyeballs in work so I’m afraid can’t do much better than the above. Shoudn’t you be working on art, anyway?
So you know I had to respond:
Not sure how I made it onto this list but since I am…
Hmmm, [name redacted], obviously all the threats to Wilders’ life, and the murder of Theo Van Gogh, and what they’ve done to Hirsi Ali, the Danish cartoonists, etc etc somehow didn’t make it into your AI “human rights reports.”
While you were “sifting through” all those reports, they were getting killed or threatened with death.
Maybe Wilders et al didn’t fill out the proper “human rights reports” to merit AI’s attention… Maybe he can just “safely ignore” all those death threats. Problem solved!
Isn’t it just as possible that you “didn’t get wind of it” because AI is too busy promoting abortion, “reproductive rights” and other trendy liberal causes to be bothered much with other things, and you were looking through the wrong end of the telescope, however intently. It is possible to spend ten years of “careful study” studying the wrong thing, dontcha know?
Yes, let’s all just be hip sophisticated urban lefties and go back to “working on art” — as long as it isn’t about the “prophet” Mohammed! Then everything will be just dandy frickin’ do. Too bad Van Gogh and the Danish cartoonists enjoy no such luxury — no thanks to AI, who never lifted a finger to help them.
UPDATE: But wait, there’s more! Mr. Nothing To See Here responds:
My apologies to everyone – I inadvertently replied to ‘all’.
Just a quick correction though – and then I’ll leave the party:
>>Isn’t it just as possible that you “didn’t get wind of it” because AI is too busy promoting abortion, “reproductive rights” and other trendy liberal causes to be
No, that’s not possible. AI doesn’t promote abortion or reproductive rights; your credibility on the matter is suspect right from the start with claims like that.
As for ‘trendy liberal causes’, AI doesn’t support them either. AI supports adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as does practically everyone else on the planet, whether ‘trendy liberal’ or not; UDHR was adopted unanimously, and the more formal statutes that AI monitors adherence to have been ratified by governments of all political stripes. So my ‘not getting wind of it’, to answer your question, cannot be explained by a focus on ‘trendy liberal causes’ since that focus doesn’t exist.
To which I replied:
> In April 2007, Amnesty International (AI) adopted a policy on selected aspects of abortion. This policy has been adopted at the international level of the movement and therefore has global application. This policy, along with our wider policy on sexual and reproductive rights, was decided upon after extensive internal and external consultations.
As for the UN, they were and are a hopelessly corrupt club for dictators, criminals and child molesters enjoying a free upscale junket to New York, an unelected self-appointed body whose authority I therefore refuse to recognize, almost entirely funded by the forcibly extorted tax dollars of American citizens who view it with as much skepticism (to put it mildly) as I do. “Universally and unanimously ratified” by whom? Not me. Some other bunch of corrupt elites. So **** ’em.
You might as well tell me that your favorite album was enthusiastically reviewed by Charles Manson.
If only one of the planes on 9/11 had banked ever so slightly to the right, perhaps something good might have come of that day…
I realize that liberals don’t think of their biases as “liberal” but simply “right minded” etc. Your willful blindness saddens, but does not surprise. As an unwilling resident of Toronto, I endure this mindset daily, for my sins.
Don’t worry, though. Some of us are taking on the daunting task of saving Western Civilization from itself, so you don’t have to. Have another latte!