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September 25, 2003

College Republicans T-Shirts

By Byron LaMasters

Via John Kerry's website, College Republicans sold t-shirts at their convention that blamed terrorism on Islam, blamed Bill Clinton for 9-11, and featured two other shirts with anti-gay and anti-African American themes. Here's the image:

Other images here and here.

Update: More on the Kerry Blog, here.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 25, 2003 03:16 PM | TrackBack


blamed terrorism on Islam

You're right - only 99% or so of terrorists themselves proclaim that they kill the name of Allah. There's always good ol' McVeigh to pull out to prove the exception to the rule.

Posted by: Mark Harden at September 25, 2003 05:11 PM

So because of the actions of those few, the entire faith should be blamed? No.

Posted by: Karl-T at September 25, 2003 07:30 PM

99%? You sure about that? Seems to me that statistic might be...oh, what's the word I'm looking for...bullshit?

How about Japan's Supreme Truth? The Basque Fatherland and Liberty terror group? Japanese Red Army? Israel's Kahane Chai? The Kurdistan Worker's Party (which, like many of the middle-eastern terror groups is not an Islamic terrorist group, but a marxist-leninist terror group)? Tigers of Tamil? Colombia's National Liberation Army? Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)? Greece's Revolutionary Organization 17 November and Revolutionary People's Struggle? Turkey's Devrimci Sol (again, not Islamic but Marxist)? Peru's Shining Path? Tupac Amaru? Army for the Liberation of Rwanda? Irish Republican Army, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, the Orange Volunteers, or the Red Hand Defenders? Spain's First of October Antifascist Resistance Group? The Maoist New People's Army of the Phillipines? The Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone? The United Self-Defense Forces/Group of Colombia?

And that's not even getting into our own back-yard militias, white supremacist groups, and fundie Christian "martyrs".

All guilty of assassination, murder, massacre, hijacking, bombing, torture, mutilation, arson, extortion, robbery, and kidnapping.

But hey, Fox News doesn't report on them, so they're not "real" terror groups, right?

Posted by: SMurph at September 25, 2003 10:34 PM

Mark Harden blows it again. Take any Spanish lessons, lately?

Historically, by far and away, the most suicide bombings have been committed by radical Hindus in Sri Lanka. But, until recently, people from that part of the world weren't a significant part of our population.

Since the American population of people from the subcontinent doubled in the 1990s, we started getting the occasional coverage.

99%? Conservatives play the bigot card again. Watch them whine when we point it out. It's not that they're dishonest, in all likelihood. Just ignorant, like our resident troll, Harden. Which might explain a few other things about their platform, as well. Continuing support for the discredited cold-fusion of supply-side economics, for one thing!

The development of radical Islam is actually an entirely modern movement, like the Christian anti-abortion movement, which portrays itself as ancient and fundamental. But Islamism's roots are actually in good, old-fashioned European fascism and its organization efforts in Egypt. But I digress...

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan at September 26, 2003 10:20 AM

Historically, by far and away, the most suicide bombings have been committed by radical Hindus in Sri Lanka.

A simple, if crass, tabulation of deaths from terrorism, categorized by the religion professed by the perpetrators, would easily reveal the sophistry of your argument.

Posted by: Mark Harden at September 26, 2003 01:38 PM

Then go for it - you're making the (already disproven) assertion, you provide the evidence.

Posted by: SMurph at September 26, 2003 02:37 PM

Here, lemme give you a hand: from the State Department's "Patterns of Global Terrorism" site, one single country:

"An increased international awareness of terrorism did nothing to stop or even slow the pace of terrorist actions by Colombia’s three terrorist organizations—the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), National Liberation Army (ELN), and United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC)—in 2001. Some 3,500 murders were attributed to these groups."

Or maybe this chart will illuminate better if you're a visual person: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2001/html/10267.htm

Posted by: SMurph at September 26, 2003 03:10 PM

So if I go sell these same tshirts at a Young Democrats convention, all Young Democrats (including the 99 percent who don't buy or wear my tshirts) endorse all of these slogans?

Is this supposed to actually mean anything?

Posted by: Beldar at September 26, 2003 05:08 PM


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