Zbigniew Brzezinski, close adviser to Barack Obama and former National Security Adviser for Jimmy Carter, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-hosted by his daughter Mika Brzezinski and did not defend the right of Charlie Hebdo to publish the cartoons. Instead, the elder Brzezinski referred to the cartoons as “appallingly vulgar and directed at the prophet himself” while suggesting that “common sense” should have been used by the magazine (h/t WFB):
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That stance from Brzezinski demonstrates his level of influence on the Obama administration. As is the case with so many other ‘experts’, Brzezinski attempted to have it both ways, saying that he’s not calling for censorship but refuses to come to the defense of those who were murdered for engaging in speech deemed offensive. This is the same mentality expressed by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney one week after the 2012 Benghazi attacks about Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish anti-Muhammad cartoons.
Brzezinski is running interference for Jihadists by suggesting that “common sense” trumps the right not to exercise his version of common sense by restricting one’s speech.
The much larger issue at work has to do with whatever agenda Brzezinski is pushing. As Shoebat.com reported, as Carter’s National Security Adviser, Brzezinski supported aligning with the Mujahideen in Pakistan to help fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, Brzezinski’s stated position today on Morning Joe suggests that he has not evolved on the issue of Islamic fundamentalism.
In a video from 1979, Brzezinski is seen speaking with Mujahideen fighters in Pakistan. He can be heard telling them that God is with them. At the end of the clip, Obama introduces Brzezinski by calling him an “outstanding friend” and someone he inherently trusts.
Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland and watched the Russians and Nazis invade his home country from where his father was stationed in Canada. This is believed to have contributed very strongly to his hawkish stance when it came to the 20th Century Soviets.
In 1998, Brzezinski gave an interview to Le Nouvel Observateur, a French Weekly Magazine and was surprisingly candid:
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
B: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.
Brzezinski was clearly wrong in 1998 when he scoffed at the notion Islam could become a “world menace” and rejected the idea of a Caliphate as “stupid”. Instead of admitting this today, Brzezinski is doubling down and is acting as if he’s willing to make free speech a hostage.