Barbara Kay: ISIS – Progressive pundits in denial

There is a tone – supercilious, world-weary, eye-rolling – certain progressive pundits adopt when addressing what they consider to be conservative fear-mongering that quite sets my teeth on edge.

Here, for example, is a column by Scott Gilmore in the March 30 edition of Maclean’s magazine in which he scolds conservative politicians who not only express alarm at the depredations of ISIS – the murders, tortures, mass rapes, public beheadings and live burning, not to mention obliteration of the past through annihilating acts of vandalism symbolizing the erasure of the pre-Islam past – but have the effrontery to label them “existential threats.” Gilmore assigns the sole motivation of political advantage to these charged words. It does not even occur to him that political advantage and truth-telling are not mutually exclusive.