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Ramadan snagged on a careless lie

Reader comment on item: Is Tariq Ramadan Lying [about Magdi Allam]?

Submitted by Archimedes2 (Canada), Mar 5, 2007 at 19:58

Ramadan apparently saw this as a wonderful chance, that some fine point, slip of the tongue or careless sentence of Pipes could be blown up into a great scandal...world headlines: Pipes caught putting the wrong name into list of allies...He hangs what tattered remains of his own credibility into trying to bring pipes down with a game of "gotcha". ...Snagged on his own lie. Pathetic.

Tariq, it is inevitable that at some point Mr. Pipes will make a careless statement. He is not perfect; under pressure everyone has the occasional slip of the tongue, and you really thought you got him on this one, didn't you? No, either you knew the facts or you didn't care enough about them to check them out -- it was more important to try to gain some debating points by calling your perceived foe a name. But he is clearly not a liar, and it will take decades, perhaps more than your lifetime, to find enough typos or verbal slips in his work to equal your obvious, deliberate an malicious lies.

Even if Pipes spewed a groaner a minute like the illustrious Dubya ... forget the childish game of sniping at slips: deal with the content of his arguments. Nobody is interested in splitting hairs as you thought you could do here ... except insofar as the reveal your own faulty methodology. Your game is one that only backfires; who cares if someday Pipes mistakenly misclassifies somebody -- how does that invalidate his excellent analysis? The very fact that Ramadan and a thousand islamist apologists at the web are picking at trivial minutae like this are ample evidence that Pipes' arguments are sound. If they weren't surely *someone* could find a problem of some substance (... without telling a bigger lie themselves...)


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