As I mentioned, Katie Couric spoke with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi yesterday on the CBS Evening News. The interview initially revolved around the recent flooding that has been plaguing Pakistan. Then Couric began asking the Foreign Minister some very astute questions. A transcript from last night...
Couric: I was recently in eastern Afghanistan, and a major complaint is that insurgents return, cross the Pakistani border, retrain, regroup, rearm and then come back into Afghanistan.
Qureshi: It's a two-way traffic. There has to be a strategy to check them once they cross the border.
No Pakistani responsibility?
Couric: But Pakistan has some major responsibility here.
Qureshi: We are fulfilling our responsibilities, but we need international help.
Couric: A recent poll in this country found that 24 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Islam. Thirty-nine percent have an unfavorable opinion. Why is that, in your view?
Qureshi: I think many in the west, many in the United States, are not fully aware of the message of Islam. Islam is a message of peace not violence.
Couric: Have extremists then co-opted the narrative to such a point that that is not how people feel about Muslims?
What a great question...Foreign Minister...?
Qureshi: In every society there are extremists. To give you an example: One American pastor. Look the way he captured the attention of the world, and what was he trying to do? Burn the Quran. Fortunately that horrific incident did not take place. But, God forbid, if it had what would I deduce? Did he reflect American values, or was it an individual act of an extremist? There can be a fringe extremist element in this society, and you have to be cognizant of them.
Get Him K.C.!
Oh wait thats right...that was the end of the interview. They went immediately to a story of friggin' Frankenfish, the genetically altered salmon.
The one thing I dislike more than some agenda-driven, conservative-commentator hack accuse the media of being "liberal" is when the media proves them right. I mean correct. You know what I mean.
The fringe comedian Colin Quinn once said on attempting to separate the peaceful Muslims from extremist, strap-a-bomb-I'm-getting-virgins Muslims, "oh well, you know, don't let a few million apples spoil the bunch."
The Foreign Minister is comparing one extremist nut in Florida to what amounts to entire populations of extremists. A "fringe element" is a publicity-seeker threatening to burn books. A large segment of a population that subjugates woman, refusing them education, basic rights, suffrage, and executes them in the streets...
Public Execution of Woman by Taliban
that's a cultural ideology that is CENTERED in Islam. This isn't a "fringe extremist element."
Let's not say that all Muslims are extremists. Lets also say that not all Christians are Quran-burning knuckleheads. But, as the Foreign Minister said, we've got "one." How many you got, Mahmood? How many you got, shaping this country's perception of Islam?
And how did Katie respond to the F.M.'s final statement? By questioning the F.M. on the deplorable way in which woman are treated? By asking about the free flow of men and arms across his country's borders? By asking about the thousands that have and continue to kill and die in the name of Islam? No...
Darn liberal media.