Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Interview with Pete Wilson on KGO

I'll be discussing my latest column, "Anti-War Miseducation in San Francisco" with Pete Wilson today, Friday, March 16, on KGO-AM 810 at 3pm (Pacific Standard Time). Bay Area residents can tune in locally or click here to listen online.

On a related note, here's a blog post I did late last year on Pete Wilson's run-in with the San Francisco Thought Police:

Pete Wilson Faces the San Francisco Inquisition

More Anti-War Posturing from San Francisco's "Leadership"

Coming on the heels of my latest column about San Francisco's leftist leadership's history of anti-war/anti-military actions, Supervisor Chris Daly has once again jumped into the fray. This time with a nonbinding resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, again.

And once again, it was supported by a majority of Daly's fellow supes. The same Board of Supervisors that would do well to pay more attention to its own backyard than to passing meaningless resolutions regarding matters over which it has no control.

The Examiner has an excellent editorial on the subject, "Escapist politics, courtesy of Iraq," which concludes with these wise words:

If you are Chris Daly, the board’s most activist progressive, perhaps you imagine you can stiffen the speaker’s spine by sending a message tapping into Bay Area politics. Those sentiments, of course, can be summarized as war weariness before the war even started. But your grasp of history is tenuous: The “greatest generation” was likewise weary at the time of the Battle of the Bulge, but something in the American character held back if an ambitious demagogue contemplated a premature withdrawal from Europe.

No, your historical template is the Vietnam war, the irresolute prosecution of which enabled the cultural iconization of anti-war activists. You can be one of them, too, and, by mobilizing the political descendants of the old anti-war movement, you can fuel your own ascendancy. You can draft a resolution expressing your grief over the loss in Iraq of “3,100 brave soldiers,” though you might not have felt such tender solicitude for the even higher mortality numbers, in peace and war, tallied during the last three American presidencies.

If you are a jihadist or an Al Qaeda terrorist determined to set up a new caliphate in Mesopotamia, the better to destroy Western civilization, perhaps you’ll take notice of The City’s peaceful purposes and exempt it from your target list. Or not.

If you are one of the other six supervisors who voted for Daly’s resolution, your thoughts are not readily comprehensible. One thing’s certain: You’re not thinking about homicides, mudslides, transportation, housing or broken water mains.

Amen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Anti-War Miseducation in San Francisco

My new column at SFGate:

Anti-War Miseducation in San Francisco

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More on the Secular Islam Summit from Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler continues her three-part article series on the Secular Islam Summit. Here's Part II:

An Islamic Enlightenment

What stood out most to me were her comments on the virtual media blackout of the event in the west:
One might think that the western media would have flocked to the summit in droves. It’s not every day, after all, that Muslim reformers and dissidents gather for a forthright discussion about the troubles of Islam and the Islamic world. Such was not the case. Both the Associated Press and NPR promised to come but did not show.

To be sure, there were some notable exceptions to the media blackout--CNN's Glenn Beck devoted an entire hour to interviews with conference speakers; Bret Stephens covered it for the Wall Street Journal as did Jay Tolson for U.S. News and World Report and Christina Hoff-Sommers for The Weekly Standard -- but the various papers of record in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles were, to the best of my knowledge, missing in action.

Curiously, both al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya, not previously known for their support of Islamic reform, covered the conference, which aired live and in Arabic. It is an unhappy irony that these noble dissidents should face ostracism and grave danger in Muslim lands and only to be similarly ignored by the Western intelligentsia and media.
When western liberals (i.e. the western mainstream media) start supporting Muslim liberals (in the true sense of the word), then the battle will be half won. Until then, we still have a long way to go...

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.