Former CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, may still be hearing the fading echoes of the praise heaped upon her by network pundits and GOP party insiders after her being informally declared the winner of the lower-tier Republican candidates debate last Aug. 6, 2015.
In the wake of the nationally televised debate, the gushing of television personalities and happily spilled ink from establishment Republican stalwarts certainly gave the impression that Fiorina has become the new darling of the conservative movement.
However, with a nation still in mourning for the mass slaughter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands, then-CEO Fiorina delivered a speech on Sept. 26, 2001 entitled “Technology, Business and Our Way of Life: What’s Next” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Initially expressing her personal shock and sorrow of the terrorist attack, Fiorina also made clear rather early in her speech of her worries regarding the safety and security of everyone in the Hewlett-Packard family. Fiorina also ensured in the opening breaths of her speech to express her “Concern for the security of our employees who are of Middle Eastern descent or who practice the Muslim religion here in the US and abroad.” OK, fair enough.
The remainder of her talk was a rather college classroom-style lecture on corporate leadership. Until the end of her speech, that is. It was then that Fiorina made clear that she rated the Islamic world as “a civilization that was the greatest in the world.” As an American who takes freedom of thought and speech quite seriously, Fiorina has every right to say and believe as she sees fit.
If Carly Fiorina so desires to look upon the Islamic world as the greatest civilization in the world, I’ll give probably the greatest response I’ve ever heard (courtesy of the late Andrew Breitbart), “So what?” If that’s what she believes, then that’s what she believes. Honestly, that’s her call. I really don’t care.
But I do take exception to her historical tall-tales and obvious swipes at Christendom and European civilization. I’d like to correct her blatantly non-objective and clearly unfair retelling of what was. Or at least give the other side of the story.
With that said, allow me to state her none-too-veiled cheap shots at Christendom are just that… cheap shots. And like all cheap shots, they deserve a counter.
As she said somewhat mysteriously towards the closing paragraphs, “There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.” To whet the appetite and further pique the interest of her audience, she hinted the civilization in question was a “continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.” OK, not really much regarding historical inaccuracies or historical amnesia… yet.