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Human interest versus propaganda

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Dec 6, 2022 at 19:14

Sorry, but I don't have the patience to plow through this tendentious "door-stopper". It sounds like sheer political ideology, the usual leftist claptrap designed to hide the ugly realities of far-right Islamic regimes and Islamic imperialism, burying them beneath steaming piles of victimhood and accusations of western colonialism.

And it's certainly unfortunate that the human interest of so many notable Arab-Americans were omitted. One of my personal favorites is the legendary DJ Casey Kasem - I still listen to his Top 40. He always has interesting background narrations about the songs. I think that telling stories like his and some of the others mentioned above would do more to burnish the image of Arabs than a mountain range of pretentious intellectualizing. People to people empathy is the most effective propaganda of all.

As for that mystifying statement about your "worst facets of imperative patriotism", I think that means that since you are patriotic, you must be conservative, in the sense of valuing nationhood, particularly that of the United States and Israel. That makes you an enemy of Islamic imperialism, which, like every form of imperialism, mistrusts those national movements which challenge its hegemony. Thus, Russian imperialists oppose Ukrainian nationalism, labeling Ukrainian patriots as Nazis, and Islamic imperialists oppose Zionists, labeling them as colonialists, or worse. These are self-serving lies.

There is nothing liberal, humane or idealistic about shilling for Islamism, and that shows up here in the omission of human interest stories.


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