What is this handbasket we’re in, and where is it going?

Fighting terrorism, one pulled coffee ad at a time

Coffee is the new terrorism. Anyway, that’s the complaint that was lodged against a recent Dunkin’ Donuts ad campaign featuring Rachel Ray. In the ad, Rachel Ray, iced coffee in hand, stands against a backdrop of flowery, pink trees – wrapped around her shoulders is a scarf. Opponents of the ads complain that the scarf looks remarkably similar to a kaffiyeh – a traditional arab headdress. Detractors, led by Michelle Malkin, claim that Ray’s attire in the ad symbolizes Muslim extremism and terrorism.

This is the very same Michelle Malkin who has attempted to justify American interment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, has referred to protests by Students Against War (SAW) as sedition, and was called out by, of all people, Geraldo Rivera. Excuse me while I try to figure out why we care about what Michelle Malkin has to say.

This is a classic example of why the world hates us Americans. We are incredibly good at completely misunderstanding and misrepresenting foreign culture. A kaffiyeh is not a symbol of jihad, extremism or terrorism. It is nothing more than a traditional arab headdress that has been incorporated into religious practice, born out of necessity in centuries past due to a harsh climate. It is no more a symbol of terrorism than a crucifix is a symbol of crusade.

Now, I may be wrong – it’s been a few years since I took logic – but I do believe that sweeping generalizations, such as relegating the culture-wide practice of wearing a kaffiyeh to being representative of Muslim extremism, constitutes a fallacious argument. Then again, I don’t get paid the big bucks to be a controversial conservative personality. I’m not ridiculous enough. Perhaps if I tried harder…


May 29, 2008 - Posted by | Diatribe

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