This update to my previous post about Simon LeBon’s unfortunate recent Tweeting choices deserves its own post. It seems LeBon has this evening — after my podcast, so take note (i.e., what I said in my podcast was before I knew of this) — retweeted the following, sent to him a short time ago by Amy Nasir:
@SimonJCLeBON For a rational view of middle-east issues see Ayaan Hirsi Ali at http://www.theahafoundation.org/
1 hour ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply
And then he also thanked Amy in a separate tweet, and then followed it up with another tweet:
SimonJCLeBON Simon Le Bon
Some fine common sense can be found here: @AHAFoundation
1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply
So, now I’m not exactly sure what to make of it all. Thoughts? I, of course, tweeted him thanking him for posting about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but I’m not reading very much into it.
In any event, thanks to Amy Nasir for sending a great tweet at what seems to have been the perfect time.
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Topics to be discussed will include: (1) Comparison of two recent legal cases — one in which a woman was charged with a civil rights violation for advertising for a “Christian” roommate; another in which a court agreed to apply Sharia law in determining whether an arbitrator had authority to decide a dispute between two Muslims. What is the right result in these cases? Can they be reconciled? (2) By request, the recent court decision to reject the settlement in Google’s plan to digitize books. (3) Obama’s policy in Libya — what it says about him, and what lesson his supporters should have learned long ago but, since they didn’t, should at least have learned this week.
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There I was, praising Duran Duran for their savvy use of social media, including Twitter, and what did I come across last night in my Twitter feed? This:
Jnoubiyeh #Palestine: Biggest Escalation of Violence In Illegally Besieged #Gaza Since Operation Cast Lead. (By @AmoonaE) http://bit.ly/fuSHYQ
about 11 hours ago via web
Retweeted by SimonJCLeBON and 19 others
Not sure whether LeBon is a conscious supporter of Hamas, or just easily taken in by their propaganda, but either way I am disappointed. All one needs to do is pay a brief visit to Robert Spencer’s JihadWatch to get the real scoop. How much intellect does it take to recognize that, while Israeli bombs, fired in retaliation, may result in civilian deaths as collateral damage, it takes a Palestinian terrorist to break into a family’s home in the middle of the night and deliberately murder them in cold blood? And what sort of people would pass out candy in celebration of such a brutal attack?
UPDATE: It’s worse than I thought. LeBon tweeted this Saturday evening, Mar. 26:
For an independent view on what’s happening in Libya, Syria and the middle East follow @Jnoubiyeh
53 minutes ago via web
Only 2 fans (I was one) replied questioning him on this. Two or three others just went ahead and followed.