Coulter: "Who's running this holocaust in Darfur, FEMA?"

The firebrand columnist plays down the seriousness of the killing in Sudan, then says that Jews complained too much during the Exodus.

Published April 5, 2007 4:37PM (EDT)

Yes, we realize we should really stop paying Ann Coulter any mind. Yes, we realize she's only looking for attention at this point, and yes, it does make us feel vaguely dirty to give it to her. But her latest column was just so over-the-top awful that we couldn't help ourselves.

Titled "If at First You Don't Appease -- Cry, Cry Again," the column is all over the place: from Iraq to pot-smoking hippies and -- of course -- Bill Clinton. But it starts with a discussion of Darfur, Sudan.

"These people can't even wrap up genocide," Coulter writes. "We've been hearing about this slaughter in Darfur forever -- and they still haven't finished. The aggressors are moving like termites across that country. It's like genocide by committee. Who's running this holocaust in Darfur, FEMA?"

Now that's compassion.

But Coulter's not done yet; first, she has to celebrate Passover in her own special way.

"On this week, let us remember the message of Passover is that freedom doesn't come easy," Coulter says. "Moses had to grab Jews by the scruff of their necks and drag them to the desert for 40 years to get a generation capable of living in freedom -- and even then the Jews were complaining about it being too drafty ... Once free, they complained about the food ... Even in the desert, the Jews would not stop with the golden calves. God nearly let the whole lot of them perish in the desert, he was so angry about their idolatrous ways. Only when he had a new generation, born in freedom, that didn't complain about the food, did he lead them to the promised land."

And somehow, this all leads Coulter to the conclusion that "if you want a shorter rebuilding process, then we're going to have to wage less humane wars. The enemy -- as well as innocent civilians -- must be bombed into quivering terror."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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