Wednesday, September 29, 2004

BlogBites directs me to this post at Obsidian Wings, which expresses entirely justified horror at an open letter calling for genocide against Arabs and Muslims. The author of this letter has identified himself as Martin Kozloff, an education professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (and author of, among other books, Reaching the Autistic Child and Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disabilities).

...Like most Americans, I knew little about arab-muslim culture and believed that the developed nations were partly responsible for the poverty and authoritarian regimes that infest the middle east.

Things changed on 9/11/01 when you ruined the lives of at least 10,000 Americans

These people instantly became my countrymen and you became my mortal enemy.

Ordinary Americans are arming themselves for war with you. I and many of my friends have closets full of handguns, rifles, shotguns and thousands of cartridges.

If we had enough ammunition and time, we would kill every last one of you.

...One day soon, our planes and missiles will begin turning your mosques, your madrasses, your hotels, your government offices, your hideouts, and your neighborhoods into rubble.

And then our soldiers will enter your cities and begin the work of killing you, roaches, as you crawl from the debris....

And if you come to this country and harm a child, shoot a mother, hijack a bus, or bomb a mall, we will do what we did in 1775. Millions of us will form militias.

We will burn your mosques.

We will invade the offices of pro-arab-muslim organizations, destroy them, and drag their officers outside....

We will transport arab-muslims to our deserts, where they can pray to scorpions under the blazing sun.

You have fucked with the wrong people.

We will rid the world of your foul breath.

Your caliphate will be your grave.

George W. Bush on October 12, 2001:

"Ours is a war against terrorism and evil, not against Islam.  Americans respect and admire that religion of peace.  And I'm proud our country is home to many followers of the Islamic faith.  Those who hijacked four airliners on September the 11th are also trying to hijack Islam."

Professor Kozloff, although he backs Bush ("We completely support our President and our armed forces. We only wish they would destroy you faster, but we are certain that they will") and, naturally, loathes Democrats ("We no longer listen to the insane words of Kerry, Harkin, Kennedy, Clark, and others whom we now see as ideologues who would sacrifice our country and our lives on the alter of their vanity and desire for power"), apparently didn't get the memo.

If a man believes in Muslim blood guilt, is it appropriate for him to be teaching young people, some of whom may well be Muslims?


UPDATE: Atrios follows up:

...various people are saying the guy wrote them and his response included this sentence, which is his basic claim:

The letter was sociological in intent. It was a literary device to get readers to examine their own assumptions.

And denies actually believing most of what was posted, and claims he didn't sign his name to it.

Man, Ann Coulter needs to give this guy a few pointers. When you publish a rant that calls for the extermination of Arabs and Muslims, you can't be solemn and self-righteous -- you need to be sarcastic so when people call you on it you can say, "It was a joke. Can't you take a joke? Boy, you liberals are really humor-impaired." But judging from this page on Kozloff's own site, Kozloff's pretty solemn about the vicarious war he's conducting from his desk chair.

"[Kozloff] claims he didn't sign his name to it." Well, no, not exactly -- but, as noted above, Kozloff identified himself, or at the very least allowed himself to be identified, by a blogger with whom he clearly has a fairly comfortable relationship, a blogger who posted this under Kozloff's byline.

Most days I wake up, stagger out of bed (which is hard to do, since the bed's six inches off the ground), pick up the loaded Smith and Wesson .357 magnum from the nightstand, fumble in the pewter bowl for the empty can of jock itch spray (where I cleverly hide the key to the arsenal—or closet), and put away the revolver—alongside the M1 30.06 Garand, the Ruger .44 magnum, the 12 gauge six-round pump, and the 1500 or so rounds of full metal jacket and semi-jacket hollow point ammunition.

Since 9/11, I have gotten the family prepared. For what, and when, I’m not sure. But just as I fear and prepare for the hurricanes that rip through here, so I fear and prepare for Islamo-Nazi violence. I may not live to see it, but I want my wife and kid to be armed.

I love this guy -- the 9/11 terrorists flew planes into buildings eighty stories above the ground and he thinks he's going to beat them with a frigging handgun.

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