Jihad Watch reader Daniel has alerted me to the fact that Justin Raimondo, who accused a whole contingent of freedom fighters, including Pamela Geller and me, of responsibility for the murder of Shaima Alawadi, has apologized. I have no respect for Raimondo's complacency regarding jihad and Islamic supremacism, and find offensive and absurd his labeling as "hate-mongers" those who are fighting for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. Also, he outright lies in claiming that any of the people he names, including me, have ever contended that "all Muslims are evil, deceptive, murderous, you-name-it." Nonetheless I have to acknowledge that this utterly contemptible and dishonest human being has manifested a small amount of maturity and honesty in issuing this apology:
In a recent column on the death of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant who lived in San Diego and was found with a note next to her dead body indicating it may have been a hate crime, I attributed her brutual bludgeoning to the general atmosphere of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in the area. As it turns out, the note may have been a fake, and the circumstances surrounding her death are increasingly cloudy. Although I had no way of knowing this when I wrote the piece, I should have waited before jumping the gun, so to speak, and rushing into print with accusations against the usual hate-mongers. I specifically mentioned a number of those hate-mongers by name: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Councilwoman Debra Pauly, congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and conservative activist David Horowitz. I owe each and every one of them an apology, and here it is.
While the facts are not yet clear, what is clear is that I need to do what every ideologically-inclined writer must constantly do, and that is guard against confirmation bias. Of course, the Geller-Spencer-Horowitz crowd will crow that this just confirms their contention that all Muslims are evil, deceptive, murderous, you-name-it, but it confirms no such thing. It only tells us that the human heart, no matter what body it rests in, is capable of nearly infinite evil.
Again, my apologies to one and all.
Reza Aslan, who also accused me of murder, was -- predictably -- not so mature or honest. He tweeted this in response to my call to apologize:
Aslan thus continues to hasten his own professional demise. Soon even the most blinkered and willfully blind among his coterie of Leftist supporters will realize that there is no substance to this adolescent creep, and that he is an embarrassment even to them.