At Atlas Shrugs I discuss the sad case of fascist “journalist” Mona Eltahawy:
In the classic movie On
the Waterfront, the failed boxer Terry Malloy complains in anguish to his
brother: “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum,
which is what I am.” Those words apply with particular piquancy to the “journalist”
Mona Eltahawy, who goes to court the Thursday after Thanksgiving to defend
herself (“proudly”) against a criminal mischief charge stemming from her
vandalism of one of our AFDI pro-freedom ad in the New York subways.
As the court date draws near, the mystery remains: why would
a renowned and respected journalist resort to a juvenile act of vandalism and
persist even when confronted? Here’s a clue: reading this ABC
News report on the arrest, these lines leapt out at me:
“This is non-violent protest, see
this America” Eltahawy said in the video as police officers were arresting her.
“I”m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.”
She refuses “hate.” Now, on the surface, it isn’t at all
surprising that a journalist who is regularly featured on the likes of CNN
would identify support for Israel against the relentless and bloody Palestinian
jihad with “hate.” But for a time, and not all that long ago, it looked as if
Mona Eltahawy was breaking out of the ideological lockstep in which Leftist and
Islamic supremacist mainstream media journalists invariably march.
For example, her
article in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy criticized a series of
practices that are justified in Islamic law, including child marriage,
wife-beating, and female genital mutilation. Counter-jihadist activists and
writers have been calling attention to these human rights abuses for years, but
Eltahawy”s piece was singular in that she is a Muslim journalist. Muslims for
the most part don’t criticize Muslim practices, particularly those that are
rooted in Islam, and mainstream media journalists do so even less often.
However, the reaction to Eltahawy”s article among her fellow
Muslim women is even more striking than her article itself. If the mainstream
media narrative about “extremists” making up only a tiny minority of Muslims,
the vast majority of which are “moderate,” were true, Eltahawy”s article should
have won applause from Muslim spokesmen in the U.S., and particularly Muslim
women. But instead, Harvard Leila
Ahmed confronted Eltahawy on MSNBC:
Mona, I appreciate what you do. I
would love it if “” I understand if you want to get your message across. It’s an
important message. But if possible [you should not] give fuel, fodder to people
who simply hate Arabs and Muslims in this climate of our day.
Eltahawy, you see, told unwelcome truths about Islam and was
accused of spreading “hate” — which is exactly what the Left and the Islamic
supremacists do to those of us who have been telling those truths for years.
But this was something new for Eltahaway, who had reliably been on the Left’s
media reservation throughout her career. Now she was suddenly being criticized
by her old friends, probably not invited to the best parties, etc.
So instead of having the courage of her convictions,
Eltahawy folded, and cast about for a way to distance herself from
counter-jihad freedom activists and prove that she was on the right (Left) side
and would not make waves again. What better way than to vandalize our
pro-freedom message, all the while accusing Pamela Geller and her allies of the
“hate” she was accused of when she told the truth about Islam?
The arrest, even if she didn’t expect it or plan it, was
icing on the cake: because of it, she was immediately lionized as a hero and
martyr by the very people who were shunning her for her Foreign Policy piece:
the hate-filled Leftist totalitarians who despise free speech anyway, such as
Hamas-linked CAIR”s Cyrus McGoldrick and Islamic Republic of Iran apologist
Mona Eltahawy could have been a journalist of integrity, and
almost was, for a brief moment. Instead, she is a fascist brownshirt. She
coulda been a contender, instead of a bum, which is what she is.