Katherine Kersten is the lament of the Plain of the Blackbirds, the Horst Wessel song, and every other ethnic revenge fantasy you can think of rolled up into one odious, vicious little ball. Kersten's hatred is boundless, still in full flower after ten years.
As she has done on numberless occasions, she equates the evil done by men to the act of Lucifer -- or maybe Mohammed -- and bemoans our failure to pay close enough attention to Western Civ 101. If we had only followed through with Pope Urban II, or even the Spanish Inquisition -- and the way it dealt with those pesky Spanish Moors -- we wouldn't have the problems we have today!
I don't intend to quote a single word of her poisonous screed; you'll have to read it on your own. But it would be a mistake to think that she is doing anything beside stoking the fires of religious and cultural hatred.
Dante never ran into her, or he would have imagined another circle of hell.
Update: I was reading again this evening (Sunday) the words of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson right after the attacks of 9/11; see if you think they are the melody for Kersten's tone deaf harmony:
Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.You ought to be hearing the echo of Michele Bachmann here, too.
"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.
"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."
Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."