An ex-co-chairman in Giuliani's New Hampshire Veterans for Rudy told a British newspaper, "The Guardian (video)," that Giuliani was best suited to deal with "one of the most difficult problems in current history" — "the rise of the Muslims." John Deady isn't co-chair any more. He's handed in his resignation.
That "rise of the Muslims" remark started a brouhaha that kept getting better. Or worse.
Politicos and their helpers get foot-in-mouth disease regularly, but this was a two-footer. Deady told
- The Guardian: "We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or, in other words, get rid of them."
- Talking Points Memo Web site: "I don't subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They're all Muslims."
- Blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas
- Built the Petronas Towers (Malaysia is 60% Muslim)
- Formed Al Qaeda
- Founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
I'm very concerned at the way that Islam has worked its way into the American presidential campaigns: from the Clinton worker writing that Obama might be a dangerous Muslim to a Giuliani co-chair's "They're all Muslims" exercise in bigotry.
One of the last things America needs right now is to confirm the terrorists' claims that the War on Terror is a war on Islam. "They're all Muslims" is a line that belongs in a B movie, not in a presidential campaign.
The Talking Points memo posts referenced are: "Rudy Campaign Might Ask Surrogate To Resign Over Anti-Muslim Comments" and " Rudy Surrogate: 'I Don't Subscribe To The Principle That There Are Good Muslims And Bad Muslims'"
1 Union General Philip Sheridan didn't actually say that.
At a conference, General Sheridan was introduced to another leader, chief Toch-a-way of the Comanche nation. The chief said, "Me Toch-a-way, me good Indian." The general replied, "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead." Over time, Sheridan's crack wore down to "the only good Indian is a dead Indian."
(About Toch-a-way's syntax: Don't knock it. Few Euro-American people knew the languages Indians spoke - and gestured. Compare Toch-a-way's grasp of English to what an American Senator might do, trying to speak conversational Urdu.)
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