British politician claims Israel is the root cause of world wide terrorism

Yes, you read that post caption correctly.  British Liberal Democrat Jenny Tonge, in a speech in the House of Lords, claims that terrorism around the world is Israel’s fault, because Israel treats the Palestinian’s badly:

On the issue of world conflict prevention, Tonge then said: “It is a disgrace to us all that problems such as Kashmir and Palestine are still alienating Muslims all over the world.

“The treatment of Palestinians by Israel is held up as an example of how the West treats Muslims,” she said, “and is at the root cause of terrorism worldwide.”

You have to check out the JPost article to get the full flavor of her delusional rant.

How does one talk to someone like this, someone who, moreover, has quite the bully pulpit to articulate her particular brand of insane poison?  It doesn’t seem to occur to her that, even if one assumes that her premise is true, and that Israel doesn’t treat Palestinians well, that’s scarcely an explanation for the Muslims’ worldwide terror spree.  If not being treated well explains worldwide terrorism, we should be on the receiving end of terrorism from Israelis, who are treated badly by the surrounding Muslims; from Kurds, who are brutalized by the Turks; from Christians, who are brutalized everywhere in the Muslim world; from expatriate Cubans, whose compadres are prisoners in their own country; from Tibetans, who are on the receiving end of totalitarian, often genocidal treatment from the Chinese; etc.

But that’s logic, and logic doesn’t work in crazy land.  This is a woman who has convinced herself that jihad has nothing to do with Islam itself, and everything to do with victim status.  Well, it’s time for the Jews to start claiming victim status, then.  Maybe that will turn around her lunacy.  Or maybe not, because what we’re really seeing here is hardcore antisemitism, of the type that knows no logic or rationality.

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  • Mike Devx

    There’s a fascinating study out there that will shed some light on why these politicians fall prey to such outrageous beliefs, and why so many people then agree with them.  (In the wake of Climategate, of course, take this and all studies with a degree of skepticism…)
    By any standard of rationality, a culture like the Palestinians’, in which they indoctrinate their children to murder EVERYONE of another faith, would receive no support from those who claim to be for human rights.  The article explains why they DO receive all of that truly astonishing, and literally mindless, support from the left.
    The article is about a phenomenon called “Underdogma”, a word I like for describing this.


  • Ymarsakar

    You know, I suppose the age after the Age of the Information will be the Age of Mass Insanity.
    Rather proper don’t you think. For just as the Age of Information required the industrialization of the previous era and human rights of men and women to be protected to have been birthed, so is the case that Mass Insanity required the global communications links of the previous era to spread.

  • Charles Martel

    I remember a line from an old rock song, “Oh, God, pride of Man, broken in the dust again.” I fear Ymarsakar may be right about the impending Age of Insanity. Something in our race compels it to break or bend the good things that years of toil and suffering have brought forth.

  • Indigo Red

    Isn’t ‘Jenny’ a female ass?

    Anyway, I think Lord Jenny is absolutely correct – if there were no Jews there would be no terrorism. Just as, had the apple not fallen on Newton’s noggin, there’d be no gravity. And without apples, there’d be no worms without which there’d be no Diet of Worms, thus no Protestants, so on and so forth. It’s all really very simple.


    Delusional rants on the rise and this ‘boil’ teaches at Georgetown.

    Following are excerpts from an interview with Francis Boyle, professor of international law at Georgetown University, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV, October 26, 2010:

  • Danny Lemieux

    I had an interesting conversation with my (very liberal but otherwise great guy) priest yesterday evening.
    The topic a comment recently made to me by a person that had worked in Africa building orphanages. This person had explained to me that, where she worked in Africa, there was a huge, clearly defined gulf between righteousness and religious fervor on one side and evil and demonology on the other. In America and the West, on the other hand, good and evil were identified not in black and white but by a uniform grey.
    “What do you think that she meant by that?” I asked my priest, who had also done work in Africa.
    “Because, ” he replied, “in the West, we have lost the ability to name evil for what it is. So it runs rampant.”
    I can’t come up with a better explanation for the topic of Book’s post.

  • Spartacus

    Just this once, allow me to be the optimist in the room.

    I’ve seen the following quote from Charles Babbage: “On two occasions I have been asked by members of Parliament, ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”

    I infer from this (and other examples) that breathtaking stupidity among our species in general, and Parliament in particular, is nothing new, and yet our dimwitted and incoherent stampede through history continues by God’s grace. Lord Jenny is far from the first nitwit to hold power, and far from the last, but somehow, we’re all still here.

    So cheer up, everyone! 😉