How would you react if someone went on the radio to complain that “we haven’t identified yet who the opposition is to Barack Obama. We don’t know: is this led by interests from Belize? Or are we really better off, are the United States interests better off, if let’s say Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church now run the White House?”
You’d say they were loony, I’d hope. The only connection between Barack Obama and the people of Belize is that they speak English. The only connection between Barack Obama and Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps is that both subscribe to the Christian religion. To suggest a plausible connection between such disparate people on the basis of language or religion is foolish and reckless.
But Republican Representative and presidential contender Michele Bachmann went on the radio March 24 to share her theories about who might be secretly powering the Libyan rebellion:
We haven’t identified yet who the opposition even is to Qaddafi. We don’t know if this is led by Hamas, Hezbollah, or possibly al Qaeda of North Africa. Are we really better off, are United States, our interests better off, if let’s say Al-Qaeda of North Africa now runs Libya?
It’s one thing to say that our ignorance of Libyan rebels and their motivations should give us pause. It’s another to suggest that Hamas (struggling to keep a grip on the Gaza Strip) or Hezbollah (4 countries away in Lebanon, where it’s recently lost its role in a coalition government) are in position to be masterminding a Libyan rebellion. Did Michele Bachmann offer any evidence for such a connection? No. Is there any evidence for such a connection? No, not unless you consider a shared Islamic faith (although of different sorts, and a significant Christian minority in Lebanon) and shared language (although of different dialects) enough to establish probable cause. In that case, you’d better round up Fred Phelps and the people of Belize and question them about their role in the creation of ObamaCare and the North American Super Highway.