Pamela Geller and her “mainstream” conservative accomplices

by Justin Raimondo
May 06, 2015

Neoconservative ideologue Jamie Kirchick says Pamela Geller, the well-known anti-Muslim demagogue, is an “embarrassment.” “She’s what you would get,” he writes, “if Fran Drescher and the late ultranationalist anti-Arab rabbi-turned-political leader Meir Kahane reproduced.” But why is Kirchick embarrassed? After all, what has Geller to do with him?

The answer is that Geller says what he and his “respectable” confreres over at National Review, the Weekly Standard and Commentary magazine only dare to imply, and she says it loudly, braying her bigotry without regard for facts or fashion. She’s the neocons’ portrait of Dorian Gray, sitting up in the attic hidden from the world, but now it’s coming down the stairs – and that’s embarrassing for the Park Avenue neocons who wrinkle their noses at the brazen ugliness of her pronouncements, which so perfectly reflect their own worldview.

Geller and her “scholarly” sidekick Robert Spencer have been at the same old stand for years, mainstays of the Muslim-hating industry plugging away with a series of publicity stunts designed to provoke that which gives them life: hatred. Their first success was the campaign against the Park 55 mosque in New York City, a cause that catapulted the heavily-made up costume-jewelry bedecked Geller to the front pages of the tabloids, and primetime coverage on Fox News, her aging sagging features animated by the hate that loves to speak its name.

Then there were the bus advertisements: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage,” said one of her first ads, “support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” This is mild compared to her recent rhetoric: “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Koran!” screams the headline over a photo of an obscure Palestinian leader speaking with Adolf Hitler. Another ad proclaims “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” in close proximity to the image of a dark-skinned young man in a checked keffiyeh. “That’s His Jihad,” the subhead reads, “What’s yours?”

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