Late last night, former San Francisco male prostitute, Gays for Pat Buchanan '92 Chairman, and founder of the defunct 1980s Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee, Justin Raimondo issued the following statement at his website, AntiWar.com. The retraction was no doubt prompted by our series of articles yesterday, on the El Cajon, California murder of Iraqi woman Shaima Alawadi, including, our piece, "No retractions from Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com, or Wes Messamore at Humble Libertarian on Iraqi Woman - El Cajon, Hate Crime hoax." Here it is:
NOTES IN THE MARGINWhile we here at Libertarian Republican acknowledge his retraction, we do not accept his apology. He took the opportunity to assault our friend Pamela Geller as a "hatemonger." Pamela, next to Glenn Beck, is probably the single most effective libertarian activist in the Nation right now. And envious Raimondo brutally attacks her. Additionally, he attacks libertarian Republican Cong. Ed Royce, and two Jewish conservatives Horowitz and Spencer. All of these individuals are accomplishing far more for the cause of liberty, than Raimondo could ever hope to accomplish.
In a recent column on the death of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant who lived in San Diego and was found with a note next to her dead body indicating it may have been a hate crime, I attributed her brutual bludgeoning to the general atmosphere of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in the area. As it turns out, the note may have been a fake, and the circumstances surrounding her death are increasingly cloudy. Although I had no way of knowing this when I wrote the piece, I should have waited before jumping the gun, so to speak, and rushing into print with accusations against the usual hate-mongers. I specifically mentioned a number of those hate-mongers by name: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Councilwoman Debra Pauly, congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and conservative activist David Horowitz. I owe each and every one of them an apology, and here it is.
While the facts are not yet clear, what is clear is that I need to do what every ideologically-inclined writer must constantly do, and that is guard against confirmation bias. Of course, the Geller-Spencer-Horowitz crowd will crow that this just confirms their contention that all Muslims are evil, deceptive, murderous, you-name-it, but it confirms no such thing. It only tells us that the human heart, no matter what body it rests in, is capable of nearly infinite evil.
Again, my apologies to one and all.
Fail. Retraction ackowledged. But we're sure, Pamela Geller & Co. would not accept such an apology.