Quote of the day, 3/3/07

Saturday, March 03, 2007 at 05:42 PM

You have the radical Muslims and the traditional Muslims. The radical Muslims, I would agree, oppose many fundamental features of our society; we can not convince them, we have to fight them. The traditional Muslims, on the other hand -- and I can give you an overwhelming amount of evidence to prove this -- support liberalism of the classical kind but reject liberalism of the modern kind; they support the liberalism of the Founders, they reject the liberalism of Hillary Clinton.

These are people who are totally in favor of democracy. They like the idea of being able to live wherever you want, to speak your mind. They believe in religious toleration. However, they don't believe in the right of blasphemy. Or they don't want their daughters to be given condoms before they get married. They don't believe in the social permissive liberalism of modern day America. So that's my point: that the cultural left, by pushing this liberalism on the rest of the world, is producing a backlash from traditional Muslims that is making those Muslims more vulnerable to the appeal of radical Islam.

Dinesh D'Souza, in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, explaining why liberals are the problem even in the Middle East (but without, of course, explaining exactly how the "cultural left" is "pushing" liberalism on the rest of the world).