On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared on “Fox & Friends,” where co-host Brian Kilmeade asked him about video of Syrian rebels shouting “Allahu Akbar!” after hitting government targets with rockets. McCain responded, “Would you have a problem with an American person saying ‘Thank God! Thank God!’? That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates. I guarantee you that they are moderates. I know them and I’ve been with them. For someone to say ‘Allahu Akbar’ is about as offensive as someone saying ‘Thank God.'”
Dylan Byers of Politico headlined his story on this exchange: “McCain shames Fox’s Brian Kilmeade.” But, of course, McCain did not shame Kilmeade – he shamed himself by ignoring the long and inglorious history of Islamist terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar” while participating in attacks (see Fort Hood, for example), the association of Syria’s opposition with Al Qaeda, and the fact that if Christian soldiers shouted “Praise Jesus!” after launching missiles at enemy targets, they would likely be seen as religious radicals.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).