Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not so much a solecism, as a Marisolism

Reporting on Tunisian Muslims resenting the more "hardline" "Salafists" trying to horn in on Tunisia's freshly minted revolutionary state, Marisol (editor of Jihad Watch) quotes what would seem to be, from her perspective, an emblematic exchange between one of the supposedly milder, more modern Muslims ostensibly existing in sufficient numbers in Tunisia to amount to a hill of beans, and the reaction of this supposedly modern Muslim to a supposedly more retrograde Muslim:

"The grocer told me the other day, 'I don't like your jeans,'" said Leila Katech, a retired anaesthesiologist. "I told him I didn't like his beard."

And, after adding that bold emphasis, Marisol, sporting her hopefully Wildersianist spectacles, editorializes smartly:


What Marisol fails to note, however, in her warmly enthusiastic embrace of this strangely schizophrenic (retired) anaesthesiologist, is the far more important agreement behind the ostensible, distracting disagreement reported in this exchange between the Moderate Muslim and the Extremist Muslim:

They both like Muhammad.

Kind of tempers the "outstanding" part, doesn't it? Kind of puts the blue jeans in their proper perspective, doesn't it?


Finn said...

I can't stand Marisol. I don't go to JW anymore because of her.

Hesperado said...

I actually often don't mind Marisol so much -- at least when she's not punctuating her editorializing with insinuations of Wildersian hope for Muslim Reform; or when (releated to the previous) she's siding with Muslim Females (all but saying "Go Girl!") as the Great Oppressed who deep down (but not so deep as to be inaccessible and useless to our cause) want to be Westernized, probably with our help; or when she's banning me unfairly.

Otherwise, I find many of her interpolated remarks in her reports rather singularly witty and spicy. I'm getting good at spotting a Marisol report before I see who it was reported by, just by the sly little remarks she makes, which somehow (can't quite put my finger on it) have a different flavor from Spencer's also wryly witty salt and pepper with which he dresses up what would otherwise be drab reportage.

Nobody said...

Marisol's editorials are more a case of applying Western models of thought to Muslims, and then commenting. Like her suggestions about them needing anger management (when their entire psyche is different), commnets about an informed populace being essential to a democracy (when Muslims are informed enough, but just happen to have that superiority complex of theirs) and so on. I too can usually guess who the author is of a piece nowadays. If it's a story on Denmark or Malaysia or Caucausus, it's Sennels or Pedestrian Infidel or Joseph Z. If it's something else and I spot a facetious air about it, it's Robert, and if it's those wild apples to pistachios equivalencies, it's Marisol.