A while back, I wrote a "poem" here on my LJ which consisted of quotes from a discussion board on the ultra-right-wing web log Little Green Footballs. Amused by the level of maniacal Arab-hating and absurdly overblown rhetoric displayed there, I figured I'd goof on them for a bit.
Apparently, one of them found the entry, and a bunch of them headed over to scold me. One of the biggest criticisms seemed to be that I was amusing myself at the expense of murdered infants (the quotes I used came from a message board about the bus bombing in Jerusalem).
Well, as you may know, Edward Said died today. Said (who, despite the remarkable ignorance of his life displayed on the LGF boards, was born in Jerusalem and was a Christian and not a Muslim) was a personal hero of mine: a brilliant scholar, a paradigm-shifting historian, an insightful literary theorist, and a highly accomplished linguist. He was an intellectual giant who added a tremendous amount to several different fields of knowledge, and he was a fearless proponent of civil rights for the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. He thoroughly analyzed (and refuted) a century of Western misperception of the Arab world in his groundbreaking book "Orientalism", and he was one of the (sadly) few people on either side who could discuss the whole Arab/Israeli issue in a rational way.
So, having scolded me for my reaction to their allegedly sincere grief over the deaths of those Israeli children, surely the LGF crowd wouldn't do the exact same thing themselves and post a bunch of crazy bloodthirsty lunatic nonsense over the death of this respected, beloved figure, right?( Collapse )