It was only when reading this that I realised that I wasn’t alone.
Here was my predicament. I’m a liberal. I supported Barack Obama and gay rights and the EU and the welfare system and generally, regard war as the very last option. I didn’t support the British Tories or President Bush’s Republicans and regard the hard right in the US and the UK as headbangers.
Yet I supported invading Afghanistan, in fact, I could even see an argument for doing it before 9/11. Because I could see women’s rights and gay rights and freedom of speech and religious feedom and democracy itself being oppressed by the Taliban, and as I read stories of female Afghan teachers being murdered because they had the audacity to teach Afghan girls to read I started wondering. How can we stand aside from this?
But it got worse. We now have demonstrations where alleged feminists and progressives go on marches against America alongside radical Islamists who would beat and jail those same women if they dared dress and march the way they do in the same countries they wish to “liberate” from the West.
Honestly, who do you believe will respect gay rights or women’s rights more? George Bush or Hamas? Why is a Christian fundamentalist who attacks gays a bigot, but a Muslim who does it should be respected for his cultural diversity?
Andrew Anthony tells the interesting story of how a man who still regards himself as a tolerant liberal started asking questions about the liberal sacred cows that we dare not challenge. A good read.