I was sad to see my favorite blog suggest that Paris Hilton is on the wrong side in the war against terror. The United States fights terror with bombs. Paris and her soul sisters Lindsay and Britney fight it with shameless fun. Given the popularity of Paris Hilton and American popular culture generally in the Islamic world, I can virtually guarantee that far more Muslims will go to see The Hottie and The Nottie (or want to see it) than will join Al Qaeda. Nothing the Marine Corps could do would be as subversive and liberating as that. The fact that the star of a state-sanctioned soap opera in Iran made a video of herself doing decidedly un-Islamic things with her boyfriend is evidence enough of the power of the freedom that Paris represents.
Beneath the war between the United States military and Al Qaeda is a deeper war between freedom and repression. Bush, Bin Laden, and moralistic liberals are on the wrong side; the fabulous Ms. Hilton is on the right side. The reason so many Americans, along with Islamic fundamentalists, hate Paris Hilton is the same reason they hate out queers, trannies, porn stars, hookers, and other heroes of World of Wonder productions: they are all too free.
Here‘s more of this argument (you might have to click through an ad).