West: Removing Confederate Flag Just Like ISIS and the Taliban

Allen West, the astonishingly stupid and extremist former congressman, has rarely met an offensive and ridiculous comparison he didn’t fall in love with, as long as it’s aimed at liberals. He’s now claiming that removing the Confederate flag from state capitols is just like ISIS and the Taliban destroying artifacts.

Last week on “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” National Center for Policy Analysis president and former GOP congressman Allen West said that he supported South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds. However, West denounced liberals who also called for the flag’s removal, joining Rios in comparing them to extremist groups like ISIS and the Taliban that have destroyed historical monuments…

West continued: “The left has to be held accountable for the things that they’re doing and their hypocrisy has to be brought out. The Taliban destroyed the shrines and the statues of Bamyan provinces; ISIS has gone around destroying the artifacts there and religious shrines and memorials in Mosul and also Palmyra; and now we have the left in the United States of America defacing memorials and part of our history. So there’s a very interesting, I don’t want to say commonality, but it is something to be said about how these individuals want to erase history.”

So when a Tea Party Republican governor suggests removing the flag, he supports that. But when liberals do it, that’s just like Muslim terrorists. Makes perfect sense. Of course, he has it exactly backwards as usual. The call is to remove the Confederate flag from a place of honor on public grounds and keep it in a museum instead, where it can be viewed within the context of the legacy of racism and slavery that it represents. That’s the exact opposite of destroying artifacts.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The call is to remove the Confederate flag from a place of honor on public grounds and keep it in a museum instead, where it can be viewed within the context of the legacy of racism and slavery that it represents.

    A museum? That’s the same as destroying it! No one will see it!

  • cptdoom

    I’m sure West was at the forefront of the opposition when Disney wanted to build a theme park on land that is part of the Manassas battle field, right? Because that was an actual attempt to destroy an historical area that actually has something to do with the Civil War, as opposed to the flags that have only flown since the old Confederacy decided to protest the end of Jim Crow.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I saw a post by West (or on a blog run by West) that was a long detailed lecture about the differences between the Confederates’ NATIONAL flag vs. their BATTLE flag. Like the difference was really that important. That seems to be the flaggers’ newest diversionary blather-point: all those stupid northern libruls don’t know the difference so they don’t get to talk about Confederate flags at all.

    Which is, of course, pure bullshit — ALL of those flags represent the same thing: a country founded, and a war launched, for the sole purpose of protecting some people’s “right” to keep on enslaving black people.

  • lofgren

    I wouldn’t even be strongly opposed to the flag flying over Civil War memorials. Those people were Americans, after all, at least they were before and after their little hissy fit. But over the state capitol? That’s not even slightly inappropriate. That’s wildly inappropriate.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    So when a Tea Party Republican governor suggests removing the flag, he supports that. But when liberals do it, that’s just like Muslim terrorists.

    But it’s the liberals who are the hypocrites.

  • colnago80

    Re lofgren @ #4

    Those people were Americans, after all, at least they were before and after their little hissy fit

    Not all of them, Judah P. Benjamin fled to England.

  • Larry

    To be fair, at least West isn’t claiming that removing the flag is just like what the Nazi’s would do.

    It shows his views are maturing.

  • howardhershey

    I wonder exactly how and when the Confederate battle flag *became* the symbol for the “Civil War”? My guess, without doing any research, is either during Reconstruction by the Klan or other groups or in the 1950-60s in opposition to the end of segregation and in battle with Civil rights activists. Perhaps someone can point me to an historical source?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Larry “To be fair, at least West isn’t claiming that removing the flag is just like what the Nazi’s would do.”

    Well, ISIS are Liberals, and Liberals are Nazis, so since you Liberals are for taking down the Patriotic Confederate Battle flag, the Nazis would too. A simple look back through history would prove the point that I just made up. We all know that the first thing the Nazis would do after planting a mosque on conquered territory would be to tear down any symbols of white supremacy they found.

     

    “It shows his views are maturing.”</i.

    Alternately, he didn't think of it at the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I wonder where I can get a Confederate Battle flag to burn so I can watch West’s head assplode.

  • howardhershey

    A little research indicates that the flag was sparingly used immediately after the war and during the worst of the post-Reconstruction segregationist high point, was white-washed to mean support for the “lost cause” and against the “evils of Reconstruction” which mistakingly forced incompetent blacks and their Northern sympathizers on the South. The Civil War became a “tragedy” with the South correctly wanting a vague State’s rights (and it was not about slavery at all). This, of course, was a lie. The right that the Southern states wanted was slavery; they also wanted to prevent Northern states from exercising ‘state rights’ that freed any slaves that escaped to them. This false history was designed to sell textbooks in the South. It was when Harry Truman integrated the military and proposed other such radical race-mixing ideas (opposed by Strom Thurmond) that this flag became really popular. And it became popular expressly based on the idea of it supporting segregation. This intensified as blacks started demanding integration and the vote. So at every step, right from the very first use by a military fighting to continue enslaving them, the popularity of the “battle flag” was based on the ideas of white supremacy. The current claims that the flag is about “heritage” sounds nice…until you ask exactly what heritage the flag represents.

  • thebookofdave

    West denounced liberals who also called for the flag’s removal

    That’s because conservatives are the only ones who can be trusted to respect reasonable boundaries. You see, conservatives will say no to support of the divisive agenda of a few mentally unstable radicals, who twist an icon of southern pride and heritage into a symbol of hate. Conservatives will agree to remove a flag from state capitol grounds, while liberals will be satisfied with nothing less than shutting down the Cheap Plastic Crap* factories in China that produced them. They seek to demolish all the grand and ennobling institutions that made the south great, and deprive brown people all over the right to produce goods for Americans at subsistence wages. It’s like they are fighting the War of Northern Aggression all over again.

    * A subsidiary of Wal-Mart