"For Western elites, Ahmadinejad is preferable to Hirsi Ali, the Castros to Cuban dissidents."
An excellent essay from VDH, do read the whole thing.
"Too many Western journalists, academics, and politicians focus
exclusively on the sins of the West, whether out of a sincere belief
that Western civilization is toxic, or for a variety of largely
self-serving careerist or psychological reasons.
"The result is that many
of our elites have a natural sympathy for those abroad who share their
own suspicions about the U.S. — even if that means they must turn a
blind eye on these anti-Western regimes’ thoroughly illiberal treatment
of women, gays, and religious and ethnic minorities. In contrast, those
abroad who seek to emulate Western tolerance are looked upon as somehow
illegitimate or inauthentic — or at least ignorant about what is so
wrong about Western civilization."
"Glorifying anti-Western bastards
abroad seem to reinforce anti-Western critics at home."
"This Western neurosis has real-life consequences."