is a deranged individual with a pathological obssession [sic]
for me because of a conflict we had over Martin Luther King
(whom he despises) almost ten years ago. According to Freedom
House Qatar has "no human rights". Al Jeezera [sic] TV daily
incites 35 million Muslims to think of the United States as
a mass murderer. Its rulers have as much integrity as the
Saudi dynasty, which is also our "ally". [University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor James] Moeser attacked me
as despicable and shameful while he pretended to defend my
free speech rights. He made no such critical judgment of his
own professors for putting on [a] teach in to promote the
idea that the United States deserved the World Trade Center
attack. Why should I have been nice to him when I was there?
I have read a couple of Raimondo's attacks on me. People can
have honest differences. I try answer those who do. Raimondo
probably has such differences with me, but he prefers character
assassination as a method of argument instead.
nutty idea that I have an "obsession" with you, David, is
laughable: is everything really all about you? I don't
think so. It really doesn't behoove someone who is so vocal
about his opinions to whine about how people are attacking
him when you are constantly on the attack yourself.
Your idea that I "despise" Martin Luther King is typical of
your hopped-up hyperbolic state: while I disagree with King's
ideas (as a libertarian, I oppose anti-discrimination laws)
this hardly amounts to "despising" him.
curious obsession with Qatar of all places!
is what is truly deranged. Here is a faithful US ally, which
one would think would get your imprimatur on account of its
cravenly pro-US foreign policy and instead you are
conducting a one-man "divestment" movement, in parodic imitation
of your former comrades on the Left. Al Jazeera may not have
a program of which you approve, but neither does its editorial
policy coincide with that of the pro-US Qatari government
a point that underscores Qatar's relatively free media.
Nothing you have written supports the idea that Qatar is a
"radical Islamic state," as you put it.
your diatribe nowhere cites an actual reference to anyone
saying that "the US deserved the WTC attack": who said this
at UNC-Chapel Hill, and when?
for you, of all people, to complain that I have engaged in
a campaign of "character assassination" is disingenuous, to
say the least. This from someone who screeches that
I am "deranged" and, in an answer to another letter, claims
that I am the reason for his having to travel with
bodyguards! Look, David, don't blame me if people hate
you: you've made enough enemies on your own, without any help
you choose not to answer any polemics directed at you written
by me, I suppose you have your reasons. But please quit the
victimological whining: if you can't stand the heat, then
get out of the kitchen.
Justin Raimondo, San Francisco, California, 12/06/01
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