Sowell in Winter
Thomas Sowell, the constant critic of cant, himself uses words without thinking what he’s saying:
No country has better airport security than Israel—and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists.And what about Islamic moderate terrorists—don’t they also target Israel?
What other administration has had an Attorney General call the American People “cowards”? And refuse to call terrorists Islamic?Well, the George W. Bush administration, for one. Apparently Sowell is such a clueless Republican partisan that he’s not aware that Bush never referred to Muslim terrorists as Muslims. (The closest Bush came was a single remark when he spoke of our enemies as “Islamo-fascists.” But then he immediately reverted to calling them “terrorists.”)
However, though Sowell may be doddering, all is not lost. He saves the column from ignominy with this zinger:
Those who made excuses for all of candidate Barack Obama’s long years of alliances with people who expressed their contempt for this country, and when as president he appointed people with a record of antipathy to American interests and values, may finally get it when they feel some stranger’s hand in their crotch.
You criticize Sowell for writing: “No country has better airport security than Israel—and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists.”LA replies:
The subject here is not extremists, but terrorists, with “extremist” used as an adjective modifying “terrorists.” By appending the adjective “extremist” to “terrorists,” Sowell is implying that there is a variety of types of terrorists. Some are extreme, some are moderate.Nile McCoy writes:
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