December 27, 2006, - 11:27 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another corner of pop culture continues its sympathy with Muslm extremists and terrorists. We’ve written about fiction novelists and thriller writers engaging in this silly agenda. Well, apparently, like a rich bean soup, it keeps repeating. And it’s malodorous.
Yesterday, USA Today hyped Brit Robert Wilson’s new fiction thriller, “The Hidden Assassins.” But it hardly sounds “thrilling.”
Frankly, moral equivocation of religious Christians–in this case Catholics–with Islamic terrorists is getting as boring as it is absurd. YAAAAAWN.
In this one, the imbecillic author, Wilson, questions why American lives in 9/11 are “worth more” than Iraqi civilians who died in the pre-invasion “assault.” He also features a plot in which it’s unclear whether terrorists who blow up an apartment complex are Muslims . . . or “Catholic extremists who hate Muslim immigrants.”
After all the victims include Muslims praying at a basement Mosque. And Muslims would never bomb Muslims, right? Remember Iraq’s Golden Mosque, anyone? Catholics did that one, huh? Sunni Catholics?
Uh, since when have Catholics bombed Muslims? Has that ever happened in contemporary history? NO.
Dear Mr. Wilson:
Please keep your politics to yourself and out of “international thriller” novels. If you can’t do that, then at least be honest, and label your sorry book what it is: political propaganda.
The American Reading Public
More from USA Today’s fawning “review”:
He has written a challenging, engaging novel about the terror of religious zealotry, both the Muslim and Christian varieties. . . .
The novel opens as a police procedural, triggered by the discovery of a mutilated body. The hands have been severed, the face disfigured with acid, and he has been scalped for good measure. . . .
Quickly, the terror escalates when a bomb goes off in an apartment complex, then collapses on a preschool. Among the victims are Muslims at early-morning prayers in a mosque in the basement. As Falcon begins unraveling layer upon layer of what may have happened, he questions whether the terrorists are Muslim extremists or Catholic extremists who hate Muslim immigrants. . . .
Some of his characters make speeches rather than talk, but they offer alternative views:
“Muslim life is regarded rather cheaply in the West,” says an Arab character. “Think how valuable each of the 3,000 lives was in the Twin Towers, how much was invested in the 191 commuters in Madrid or the 50-odd people who died in the London bombings, and then look at the value of the 100,000 Iraqi civilians who lost their lives in the pre-invasion assault.”
The Hidden Assassins is a complicated, disturbing novel for complicated, disturbing times.
No, that USA Today and others would gush over this absurd, agenda-laden novel with such vigor is disturbing.
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