Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- For weeks now civilized observers around the world have been astonished by the dispendious angers vented by indignant young Muslims. These young indignados have listened to the counsel of their venerable leaders in government and in the mosques. They have noted the intolerable provocations of the unbelievers. Finally, they have taken to the streets and city squares to burn flags, bash passersby, rush the cops, and -- from what I have observed on the TV news -- take a swing or two at each other. Their righteous anger could be contained only so long.

Taking it all in, I can only wonder: How long will it be before such scenes erupt in the streets and squares of America? Listening to their indignant leaders, witnessing the daily provocations within our society, how long will it be before this country's young Democrats give themselves over to the fiery passions that their own mullahs are stoking? America's Angry Left, as it is called, can only take so much. Then, vavoom! Our Angry Left's own indignados will be out on the street, haranguing the Republican Congress, chanting anti-Halliburton jingles, and burning three-piece suits. Wal-Marts will be stormed. Former vice president Al Gore will be called back from Saudi Arabia to mollify the masses.

Doubtless you heard about his oratory at the celebrated Jeddah Economic Forum. There he told the assembled sheiks and mullahs, gentlemen and ladi ... well, there were no ladies. At any rate al-Gore told the assembled that the Bush administration has been committing "terrible abuses, and it's wrong." The abuses, according to the former vice president, involved Arabs who, after Sept. 11, have been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa … and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."

Gore is bidding fair to become the Muqtada al-Sadr of America's Angry Left. Savor his recent vituperations. He has called our suave president a "moral coward" who is in alliance with "digital brown shirts." He refers to Abu Ghraib prison as "the Bush Gulag;" and, forgetting the discrepancies of his former boss, he calls President George W. Bush "the most dishonest president since Richard Nixon."

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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