Last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher was a mixed bag of weird and weirder.
The brutal burning death of a Jordanian fighter pilot, and Jordan’s scorched-earth response, has sparked debate about the best way to respond to the continuing threat of ISIS, as well as the United States’ proper role in the conflict.
This, of course, has led to an uptick in talking heads gathering together to blame coalition forces for ISIS’ brutal retaliation against hostages—and last night, they were out in full force:
Johann Hari brought up the brutality from nations supported by the United States and said lots of jihadist actions result from U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. And, he said, “the more we show ourselves to be good or loving or decent people,” the less there will be.
Maher didn’t think showing the ISIS video is necessary, and then remarked upon how “America has also burned people alive from the air.” And while he acknowledged that collateral damage from drone strikes is different from deliberately burning a man alive and “we’re not the moral equivalent of ISIS,” Maher said the U.S. isn’t “guilt-free” when it comes to horrible acts.
I can’t believe it took Maher almost four minutes to make it to, “no, we’re not the same as ISIS.” This may seem bizarre to you, but let’s put this in perspective. This is the man who not even a month ago stomped on political correctness and told Islamic terrorists to f–k themselves.
Granted, he has a history of telling pretty much race, creed, and color to f–k themselves, but still. Islamic extremism, as Johann Hari so adeptly demonstrated during his tour of recriminations, has morphed into a sacred cow the left can’t help but defend. Maher, however, seems to have come to a place where he sees the line in the sand, and he knows when it has been crossed.
He gets it; the audience gets it; I’m not sure why the panelists don’t get it. There’s a big difference between saying, “war is awful, and I question what we did,” and equating the collateral damage of military action with the systematic capture, torture, and murder of human beings for propagandist effect.
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