It’s honestly a bit surprising that Fox News’ Eric Bolling doesn’t have his own featured primetime show on the network. He seems to be exactly the type of loudmouthed blowhard Fox News covets to feature on their network. He’s so vile and ignorant that I can usually stomach watching Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly far more than I can Mr. Bolling.
Take for instance his recent comments where he challenged radical Muslims to a “holy war.”
On Callin’ In, Bolling suggested it’s time to “unleash hell” on Islamic radicals and said, “There’s a common denominator with these murderous thugs: they’re Islamic, they’re radical, they’re extremist, and they’re purely intolerant. It’s time to wake up.”
Okay, nothing too ridiculous about that comment, right? A bit inflammatory, a tinge of racism present in the underlying tone, but more or less accurate.
But then his real colors shined through, saying, “You want a holy war? We’ll give you one.”
You see, we’re not a theocracy and our military isn’t some sort of Holy Christian assault force. We don’t wage “holy wars.”
Oil wars? Sure, you could make a claim that we’ve done that. But we don’t go to war based on religion - because our government isn’t based on Christianity.
We’re not carrying out airstrikes in Iraq against radical ISIS militants because we’re fighting some kind of holy war against Islam. We’re launching military strikes on terrorists… who happen to be Islamic.
There’s a huge difference.
But Bolling’s comments do shed light on what I believe many of these conservatives actually believe that we’re doing in the Middle East, waging some kind of “holy war” against Muslims.
Judging all Muslims based on the reprehensible actions of ISIS (or other Islamic terrorists) would be like judging Christians based on the Westboro Baptist Church and the Ku Klux Klan.
Though it’s like I’ve said before, when you get right down to it, right-wing fanatical Christians and Islamic radicals really aren’t all that different.
But his comments also showcase the flippant and callous nature conservatives often seem to have toward war. They act like it’s some damn video game where lives mean nothing.
Because while I agree with Obama’s decision to order airstrikes, and the need to address ISIS in general, there’s one undeniable fact that’s going to result from our actions – innocent people will die. For Bolling to talk about war like he’s trash talking a rival sports team is juvenile and pathetic.
And that’s exactly the kind of person Bolling is – juvenile and pathetic.
Watch his comments below via Fox News: