Over at National Review, Andy McCarthy writes that Benazir Bhutto was "killed by the real Pakistan." As he puts it, "Whether we get round to admitting it or not, in Pakistan, our quarrel is with the people. Their struggle, literally, is jihad. For them, freedom would mean institutionalizing the tyranny of Islamic fundamentalism." What's his evidence for this? A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden. Aspirants to the American presidency should hope to score so highly in the United States.
Never underestimate the stupidity of National Review blogger Andy McCarthy. Never. And yet, in recent weeks I have felt a slackening in my adherence to this rule. Today, then, marks a victory of sorts for business-as-usual. McCarthy has written a howler of a blog post. Some excerpts: In yet another augur of trouble ahead for the world's most important alliance with Tony Blair out and Gordon Brown in, the British government is demanding the extradition of five jihadists being held at Guantanamo Bay.We are holding these people because they are a threat to the United States.