Deepak Chopra and son aren’t big fans of Bush’s War on Terror victories.
Ten Muslim terrorists from Pakistan apparently with military training go on a killing spree at several sites in Mumbai, India. They kill nearly 200 people, and wound hundreds more. Many are foreign business visitors or tourists from the West, whom the terrorists targeted in particular. Now come reports that autopsies of those killed at one targeted terror site, the Chabad Jewish Center, indicate that the victims were tortured.
Within hours, liberal media outlets were offering analysis revealing who was responsible for this murder and mayhem: America. Call it chapter 957,275 in the ongoing exposé, Blame America First.
The guru of this analytical perspective was Deepak Chopra, featured on CNN, and in particular on the Larry King show. Living exclusively in the real world, I had not heard of Chopra before this incident. But I soon found that Chopra is a medical doctor from India who emigrated to the U.S. in 1970. He eventually came to realize that more fun, and much more lucrative, than a large medical practice was writing books and pontificating on varieties of New Age nonsense, feel good oversimplifications of advanced medical and scientific theories, and fairy tales regarding Jesus, Christianity, and Eastern mysticism. Through these professional innovations, he has become quite a shaman in the large American market of overgrown flower children and airheads.
Chopra is a leading advocate of Transcendental Meditation, and self-awareness, meditation, and the mind-body connection in healing serious illnesses. In one book, he argued that quantum physics explains the foundation of the mind-body healing process. For that pseudo-scientific claptrap, real scientists granted him the tongue in cheek Ig Noble Prize in physics. More recently, he has become an advocate for disarmament and world peace, serving as President of the Alliance of a New Humanity. He has also recently taken to rewriting Christianity in books about Jesus, claiming in one recent interview that Jesus was not a Christian, not the son of God, and not resurrected from the dead, propositions for which Chopra has exactly zero insights, not to mention evidence.
Yet, this was the expert liberal media outlets offered to America to further pontificate on the developing tragedies in Mumbai. In one interview he said:
In another interview, Chopra explained America’s policies regarding terrorism, saying:
He then went on to explain that America’s service men and women are no different from the Mumbai terrorists, saying:
Not to worry, though. Chopra has a “global” solution. That is to address the grievances of the worldwide Muslim population — humiliation, poverty, lack of education — through a new Marshall Plan for Muslims, financed, of course, by American taxpayers.
Dorothy Rabinowitz rightly ridiculed this simple-minded foolishness in a brilliant commentary in the Wall Street Journal (“Deepak Blames America,” 12/1/2008), introducing Chopra as a “healer, New Age philosopher and digestion guru, advocate of aromatherapy and regular enemas,” based on the wide-ranging pronouncements found in his various books. She added:
This elicited outraged letters to the editor from both Deepak and his son, Gotham, whom the father is bringing into the family business, making it sort of a guru version of the Flying Wallendas. The father mostly just whined that Rabinowitz’s commentary was “a personal attack on me,” and stubbornly concluded that “I stand by my remarks and have full confidence that the Obama Administration will adopt a ‘root cause’ approach of the kind I endorsed.”
THE LETTER FROM his son then revealed the real story. Gotham wrote, “As many already know, my father, Deepak Chopra, has taken a vow of nonviolence in all his actions and words. As a result, he’s unable to respond aggressively to Ms. Rabinowitz’s criticism of his response on CNN and elsewhere to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.” After this introduction of the innovative concept of violent prose (how many have already been killed at the hands of bloody literature), Gotham writes ominously, “I haven’t taken that vow.”
Gotham then goes on to explain the “distinct link between the rise of Islamic militancy in the Indian subcontinent and U.S. activities there the past few decades.” He writes:
These words are so ridiculous they amount to guru malpractice. But they are not original with the Chopras. The mythology that Muslim terrorism is rooted in American support for the rebels fighting against the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan has been ringing through the fever swamps of the left since 9/11.
The record badly needs to be set straight on this point. Reagan’s brilliant and courageous support of the Afghan rebels with arms and financing was central in bleeding the Soviet Empire dry, leading to the humiliating defeat and withdrawal of the Soviet army from that country. This, in turn, was central to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Reagan’s policy consequently provided enormous, incalculable benefits not only to the Afghan people, but also to all of the enslaved peoples of the old Soviet empire, and to the American people, finally freed from the burdens and threats of the Cold War.
None of this has any relation whatsoever to Islamic terrorism today. Are we to believe that Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Pakistani murderers in Mumbai would not have been able to get any guns or weapons if Reagan had not armed the Afghan rebels in the 1980s? Is a single gun from that rebel resistance still even in use today? Certainly none of those weapons were in evidence on 9/11. Those attackers, indeed, were Saudis and Egyptians, without any relation to the Afghan rebels of the 1980s.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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H/T to National Review Online