Announcing a new feature, on conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel, who seems determined to show she can be coarser and more brutish than Anne Coulter in Coulter's wildest dreams. We'll call it Schlusselwatch, because there are some folks for whom our "asshats" tag is just too impersonal.
Jason Fischer, in discussing the plight of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, sentenced to eight years' imprisonment by a mullah's court after a one-hour trial, pointed with approval to a post on the subject by Michelle Malkin, agreeing that the Saberi kangaroo court is an outrage which right and left can and should oppose together. That led me to this comment by Schlussel (who feels Malkin's a sellout to the ayatollahs):
While Michelle links to a site promoting her somewhat “critical” reporting on Iran, that site conveniently ignores all of her apologism, which was the vast majority of her work.
She went there of her own accord to parrot the BBC/NPR line. She knew the risks. Now, we’re all supposed to pay more attention to her than persecuted Iranians who aren’t apologists and didn’t come to the country voluntarily, like Iran’s Jews, who want to get out and aren’t allowed.
That's pretty vile, but it's tame compared to what Schlussel writes on her own site about Saberi, and Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists being held without trial in North Korea:
I'm really not too concerned about the fates of Laura Ling [propagandist Lisa Ling's sister] and Euna Lee. Who told them to go to North Korea? Who put a gun to Roxana Saberi's head ordering her to go to Iran?
All of them knew the risks about these countries, Iran and North Korea. Yet, they chose to go to these countries anyway. They aren't like some of the innocent people in those countries, who wish for human rights and want to leave but can't get out. These are women who went to dangerous places and are shocked–shocked!–when those dangerous places are exactly as dangerous as even your average naif knows. You play with snakes, you get bitten.
I won't give it a second thought if all three of them rot in jail forever. Sadly, their lives are "more important" than the lives of innocent victims of Iran and North Korea, those who didn't chose to go there but want to get out.
Schlussel is playing, almost word for word, the "she was asking for it" card that rape apologists were fond of in the paleolithic era from which Schlussel derives her values:
"Debbie Schlussel knew the risks about walking into that dark alley. Yet, she chose to walk into that dark alley anyway. I wouldn't give it a second thought if Debbie Schlussel is raped repeatedly in the future. Sadly, her honor is "more important" than the honor of innocent women, those who didn't choose to be raped, but observed curfew and kept to the right side of town."
Next week in Schlusselwatch: Debbie Schlussel agrees with Malcolm X that the Kennedy assassinations were only "chickens coming home to roost."