Kathy Shaidle

Not EVERY Chilean rugby player is a cannibal! — In defense of generalizations

Posted on December 22 2010 2:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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The only thing more frustrating to endure is the fact that so many “conservatives” play along with this rhetorical game (like O’Reilly does back on his own show when chatting with Coulter.)

Would that they would listen to Rush Limbaugh, who always advises us never to accept our enemies’ premises in the first place, or worse, preemptively apologize for a) things that are true, or b) things that aren’t true (“Republicans hate blacks/poor people/Planet Earth” for instance.)

Plank’s Constant explains it all for you:

…one could easily have said about Germany in 1939 when the vast majority of Germans, more than 98%, were not active members in the Nazi party: “There are more than 79 million Germans, if they were all evil, bloodthirsty Nazis, there would be no one left on earth.” Considering that WWII saw the deaths of more than 60 million people caused by fewer than one million active Nazis, a quick extrapolation (79 times 60 million) shows that if all Germans were active members of the Nazi party then 4.7 billion (or twice the world population in 1939) would have died. Yes, I know that is absurd, but so is the excuse that we should not fear Islam because the majority are not Jihadists.

The “not all Muslims are terrorists” line is a rhetorical trap. When we obediently go along with this premise — even though it is true — we hand our enemies a moral victory, instead of giving them the treatment they truly deserve, to whit:

Imagine sitting in a lecture hall every day for a whole semester. The topic is Moby Dick.

Throughout the book, sailors refer to the whale as a “fish.” That’s how people talked back then.

And every time the lecturer reads aloud an excerpt where the characters call the whale a “fish,” the same student yells out:

“Whales aren’t fish. They’re mammals.”

That student is absolutely right.

And he deserves to get his head bashed in…

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