February 15, 2007, - 12:55 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve written several entries on new “thriller” novels sympathetic to Islamofascists. But I’ve also written about the silly “chick lit” novels that do the same. USA Today is front and center in helping to promote this propaganda, gushing over each of the books.
Today, USA Today’s book page has an item called, “Roundup: International Voices.” But it should really be called, “Roundup: Islamofascist Voices of the World,” because each of the four books highlighted is written by a Muslim with a pan-Islamist point of view. So much for “diversity.” The worst gushing is over “Knots” by Nuruddin Farah (the cover of which features a woman in a burqa) and “Once in a Promised Land,” by Laila Halaby (whose cover shows a man swimming in a pool under a shadow of one of the 9/11 planes!).
Of “Knots,” reviewer Donna Freydkin writes:
Why would a woman who led a seemingly liberated life choose to go back to her roots and veil herself? Nuruddin Farah tackles that question in his complex drama. . . . Farah does offer an insightful exploration of what it means to come home again.
If that’s not nauseating enough, read what Freydkin writes about the absurd “Once in a Promised Land”:
After the World Trade Center came down, the public focused on the victims of the terrorist attacks. But what about Middle Easterners living in the USA and the collateral damage they suffered by virtue of their ethnicity? Laila Halaby tries to tell their story in her strained drama about a Jordanian water engineer who lives in Arizona with his adulterous wife. Jassim and Salwa are living the American dream until they become personae non grata in the wake of 9/11. . . . Halaby is spot-on in her observations of how slowly a once-idyllic union can crumble.
Yup–meet “the real” victims of 9/11: Not 3,000 innocent murderees. Nope, it’s a philandering Muslim couple and their marriage. And “the real” perpetrators of 9/11? That’s us bigoted Americans.
Gimme A Break!
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