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With today's information, those stupid assessments are inexcusable

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Aug 16, 2020 at 16:54

Will Rogers once opined that we are all ignorant, only in different subjects. True, because it's impossible to know everything, or even a lot, about everything, or even very much about anything, in our wide, complex world. Yet, given today's communications and information sources, such as the internet, one can track quite a bit about just about any topic of interest.
While it's true that there really is no such thing as total ideological neutrality, after a while, one can read the news about, say, life in Iran, to get a pretty good idea that there are some major human rights issues there. And news about events in other countries related to Islam and Muslims can put you in the know about a lot. Granted, websites like jihadwatch.org tend to focus on the negative, but they do shine a light on many events which might also be covered in many other news sources, but which often are only seen in what could be characterized as counter-jihad sites. Yet, this is the process that an amateur sleuth would go through should that person wish to get a realistic picture of a given topic: dig, read various sources, examine, assess and make up your own mind. Just bring an open mind and a sense of curiosity.
That's why I am flabbergasted when I read some of the statements from these alleged intellects and "experts". What do they read and where do they get their information? Sure, their sources may be very "liberal", but how can there be an ideological twist on female genital mutilation, church vandalism, beheadings, and worst of all, don't they view those videos from MEMRI featuring so many hateful ignoramus bigots broadcast on Muslim TV channels? As for their "sympathy" with the "Palestinians", are they sympathetic with the same ones who reflexively denounce everything Israel does and glorify terrorist murderers? They must live in some bubble in la-la land. And then those poor kids pay a king's ransom to be duly uneducated by them. No wonder Portland is burning.

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