Dinesh D’Souza Compares Ferguson Protestors to ISIS Terrorists, Because Justice
Across the world, governments are increasingly wary of the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, the terrorist group that recruits alarmingly high numbers of British citizens and has a penchant for taping decapitations of Americans. "A common thread" between these mass-murderers terrorizing Iraq, and the people in Ferguson who've been protesting the shooting of Michael Brown, might not immediately jump out at you. Fear not, though, conservative pundit-cum-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who has managed to compare Ferguson protestors to ISIS, will set you straight.
The parallel was drawn on NewsMaxTV’s Steve Malzberg Show, during a segment on the recent Ferguson protests. The context is important: Malzberg was asking how likely it was that Darren Wilson — the police officer who fatally shot the unarmed Brown — would get an impartial jury, considering the media's non-stop coverage of the topic. D'Souza's answer was perhaps not to everyone's liking, but it did make logical sense.
In the interview, he tells Malzberg:
Here you have guys, like, you have Obama, you have Holder, you have Al Sharpton. Now can a cop acting under the exigencies of his job expect justice if those three guys were deciding the outcome? It seems really clear that they are fostering an atmosphere in Ferguson that basically goes: let's declare that this guy is probably guilty.
Okay, not the most convincing perhaps, but you've heard stuff like that before. It's not atrociously off-base. Unfortunately, D'Souza's argument then gets weird, fast. He continues:
Historically, blacks have faced this problem. It looks like what we're seeing is a complete flip. We're going from one set of injustices to another. The common thread between ISIS and what’s going in Ferguson is you have these people who basically believe that to correct a perceived injustice, it’s perfectly okay to inflict all types of new injustices.
And it gets worse, because then he brings in Foley, drawing parallels between the journalist's publicized decapitation and, er, shop looting, while simultaneously blaming the left:
Behead guys who had nothing to do with it. Go and loot shops from business owners who were not part of the original problem whatsoever. And all of this is then licensed by the left and licensed to some degree by the media.
Let's put aside, for the moment, the fact that the Ferguson's looters are not necessarily the same people protesting Brown's death, as well the fact that ISIS doesn't seem to be after "correcting" anything. For all we know, it may be true that both the terrorists in ISIS and the protestors in Ferguson believe that it's alright to inflict injustice to correct a perceived injustice. But that's like saying that every resistance movement ever is like ISIS because they think it's alright inflict injustice to correct a perceived injustice. Or, for that matter, that Batman is like ISIS because they both think it's alright inflict injustice to correct a perceived injustice, or that Robin Hood is like ISIS because they both think it's alright inflict injustice to correct a perceived injustice.
Let's just agree that nothing that isn't ISIS is quite like ISIS, and be eternally grateful for that.
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