Ben Shapiro is a a very gifted right wing opinion former. Mr Shapiro is intelligent and articulate. He often tells people that he is Jewish and this is unusual since American Jews have largely sided with the Democrats. In recent decades more Jews have joined the Republican Party.
Shapiro is superb at skewering the specious notion of white privilege. He correctly identifies it as anti-white propaganda. This bogus concept is a tactic used to try to close the mouths of whites who do not accept the notion that the USA is viciously anti-black. There is anti-black sentiment in the United States but its amount and distribution are greatly overplayed. The expression white privilege is used to close down any discussion of personal responsibility.
Shapiro has exposed the absurdity of assuming that all whites are anti -black and that they can be anti-black without even knowing it. He also reminds us that a disparity in statistics does not suggest bias. Very few whites run short distance races in the Olympics and that is not due to a nefarious plot to exclude whites. It is because very few whites have the requisite talent. Could it be that there are areas of life where fewer black people than white people have a high ability? No one should be disbarred by reason of the their colour. It is just that proportionally fewer people of certain races are gifted in certain fields of achievement.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Shapiro rightly says that some of thaat BLM claim is false. It is wrong to think that many police officers are anti black.
Ben is spot on when he claims riots after tendentious slayings are sheer criminality. It is a fantastic excuse to rob. It is opportunism and not a protest.
Shapiro is wrong to label Hillary and Bernie racists.
I do not entirely agree with SHapiro on BLM. I look into controversial shootings of black people by the police . Sometimes these shooting are justified and sometimes not. I examine it on a case by case basis.
Mr Shapiro is a gun nut. He wants there to be very few limitations on firearms. He fears tyranny emerging in the USA. He believes that small arms can prevent this. The US military is the best equipped in the world but he believes that hand held weapons can beat it. He claims his grandparents in Europe are in ash due to the lack of firearms there. Gun laws were quite lax in Europe in the 1930s and 40s. His premise is bogus. There were many partisan groups resisting the Third Reich with small arms. They met with limited success. The idea that such weapons could have prevented the Holocaust is daft.
If he is so in favour of guns to save lives he must want the Palestinians to have as many firearms as possible. How about the Israeli military attacking a Turkish ship in international waters and killing several unarmed Turks. This was to stop the Palestinians getting arms – so Israel said. In fact it was a ship full of food. If the Turks had been armed they could have defended themselves and killed some Israeli troops. Would Shapiro approve?
Why not let Iran have a nuclear bomb? He is convinced Iran is striving to build one. Why should they not? Shapiro wants people to be very well armed? It is for home defence. Israel has one on the same basis.
SHAPIRO CLAIMS THAT MOST MUSLIMS ARE RADICALS.
Mr Shapiro claims that most Muslims are radicals. He says radicals are those with rebarbative beliefs who offer moral succour to terrorism. He uses evidential reasoning and he makes a formidable case. He looked at opinion surveys conducted in some of the 49 Muslim countries around the globe. What % approved of suicide attacks on civilians? What % approved of Sharia Law? What % agreed with honour killings? What % had a positive or mixed view of Bin Laden?
The figures were worryingly high. Of the people surveyed in almost every country a majority favoured Sharia Law, approved of attacks on civilians, had a mixed or good opinion of Bin Laden and approved of honour killings in some circumstances.
There are many different versions of Sharia Law. Shapiro probably wants us to believe that most Muslims prefer the worst kind of Sharia Law. Some Sharia Law is entirely decent and is found in any legal system. Outlawing arson or infanticide are laudable laws. What Muslims understand by Sharia Law varies hugely. No Muslim country has all the Sharia Laws on its statute book. Even when they have most of them there they often turn a blind eye to many things which are offences under Sharia such as fornication and drinking.
We often over estimate the decency and moderation of the public.
In a Western country quite a few people favour the death penalty. This can even be so for lesser crimes than murder. Many would approve of the deliberate targetting of civilians. Professor Alan Dershowitz – a hero of Shapiro’s – has urged just that. The Israeli military has often purposefully killed civilians without encountering much opposition.
What is an honour killing? Killing a female relative because she married without permission is of course a vile crime and utterly unjustifiable. Murdering someone for committing adultery is also a vile crime. However, it is something that many non Muslims would understand. That sort of honour killing occurs all over the world even if not as frequently. People have the right to commit adultery. No one deserves to suffer the least bit of violence for adultery. I am not excusing the killing of adulterers. My point is that not just Muslims would kill people for it. I acknowledge that nowhere outside the Muslim world would make such a slaying legal.
Why do some people like Bin Laden? You might like his mediaeval theocratic tyranny. Others approved of him for wanting to drive the Americans out of Afghanistan. His early objectives were shared by many Muslims: expel American troops from Saudi Arabia, end sanctions against Iraq and end the oppression of the Palestinians. One could subscribe to those aims without being Muslim at all. These were secular goals. People might have a positive or mixed view of Bin Laden because he had some enemies who were almost as bad such as the Ba’athists in Iraq or some of the warlords in Afghanistan. The mass killing of Palestinian civilians meant that some people saw Bin Laden as the man who would fight back against Israel. There is no doubt that Bin Laden was evil. He wanted to impose his nightmare vision on the world. It is wonderful that he was killed. This does not make all his foes pure.
What people say in surveys and what they really want are not the same thing. Notice how opinion polls and election results differ.
Ben Shapiro says that Muslims carry out female gential mutilation. Some Muslims do this and it is disgusting and completely wicked. There is nothing in the Hadith or Qu’ran about this. The majority of Muslim women have not been subjected to this barbaric practice. There are non Muslim women in Africa who also suffer from this crime. It is cultural and not religious. Many Muslim politicians and religious leaders have denounced this crime.
How about male genital mutilation? Most Muslims practise this as do Jews. Shapiro advocates for it. I acknowledge it is not has bad as FGM.
Muslim opinion is not as radical as Shapiro pretends. He is an ardent Zionist. He wants the US to be extremely supportive of Israel. He would like Israel to get away with the illegal occupation of Palestine. TO this end he seeks to demonise Muslims.
Shapiro rails against Hamas for killing children. He is correct that Hamas has killed children and sometimes done so on purpose. This is murder. What he does not acknowledge is that in recent years Israel has killed far, far more children than Hamas. Israel has the best military technology in the world. Much of this is supplied for free by the USA. The rest is sold by the United States. Israel could carry out surgical strikes. Yes, the Israeli Defence Force continually carries out huge scale and indiscriminate attacks. If Shapiro cared about the lives of children he would be trumpeting his rage at these crimes against humanity carried out by the IDF abetted by the United States.