January 23, 2007, - 3:30 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
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Every week, I’m contacted by BBC to be on their radio program, “World Have Your Say.” And every week, it’s dominated by leftists. Last week was an exception with Richard Perle and Milblogger Bill Roggio on the show.
Usually, I get a sentence or two in, and then it’s time for them to get to others. Today, however, I finally got some adequate time to say my piece. The topic was about America’s image in the world and whether we should be concerned with the world disliking us. My view is that we should stop trying to appease the world–which generally means kowtow to Muslims who wish us dead.
Instead, we should concentrate on getting those who hate us to also fear and respect us. And you can’t do that by being meek, constantly sending delegations over there telling them, “please, please like us; we allow your extremists to have the run of America, so why won’t you like us?” You gain respect by being tough, by being ruthless, by showing those who cheered the 19 hijackers a little taste of what they will get if they try it again.
I frankly don’t care why they hate us. I care why we don’t hate them more, or even enough. I await the day when we will stop acting like the jilted lover who keeps begging to be taken back, despite years of abuse.
But BBC’ers don’t like that kind of talk. They like to hate Americans who hate America–which they get plenty of. And me being on, I interrupted their daily fix. It was like being sent to rehab, cold turkey, for them. And they have zero tolerance.
So, while I was on the air, BBC read a host of hate-mailers begging for my microphone to be shut off and that I never be allowed on the BBC airwaves. They were mad that I actually dared disagree with some Brits and Americans who say that the world should hate America more, that we (and Israel–gotta get that anti-Semitic stuff in there) are responsible for all the evil in the world. That we, America, are the evil of all evils. Blah, blah, blah.
They were mad at America for Global Warming. When I asked why they don’t hate China and India (who contribute to global warming more) and pointed out that they really don’t care about global warming–any excuse to hate America and attack it will do–the lumpen BEEBetariat got even angrier that the Beeb would dare have me on their airwaves.
Joe Noory at No Pasaran! has an excellent description of what happened to me, today, on BBC.
He sums it up by calling the show, “World (Don’t) Have Your Say” and saying this:
Euro-peevishness on parade… Useful, truly.
Amen, Joe. Read the comments of the angry Beebetariat directed at me. They hate me. AND I LOVE IT!
Getting on their nerves is a blast.
**** UPDATE: Well, the Beebetariat is even more outraged over me than even I perceived. Here’s more from the Beeb’s producer who booked me for the show:
I booked our main guest today, Debbie Schlussel. The question was ‘Does America’s image matter?’ – as in do Americans care what the world thinks of them? I knew Debbie would cause some controversy but I wasn’t prepared for the angry, angry people down the phone, on the text, emails, comments on the blog. When you’re fully interactive it does open multitudinous channels of abuse…
I felt a little guilty that Debbie didn’t really have an ally and the callers were so vehemently against her (and cross with the BBC for giving her airtime). Occasionally it did feel like a public hanging. However, there was a late show of support from her in email form. I suppose your average right-winger doesn’t really listen to the BBC. Also one caller called Des justified it best when he said that, although he completely disagreed with her, America’s global image is often that of right-wingers like Debbie so it was relevant and even necessary to have her on.
I did regret that, because of the large response.
I can take it. Too bad they can’t take me. They very badly need to take the medicine for their disease. It’s even worse than I’d earlier diagnosed.
Reader Jack writes:
Nice to see you can speak your mind . . . . screw the rest of the world . . . . they weren’t attacked . . . . we were . . . . read your column daily . . . . like a breath
Of fresh air . . . go get em’ debbie
Thanks, Jack. Their subway was attacked, on a much smaller scale. But, shhhh . . . don’t tell them. They might notice. And they don’t actually want to.
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