Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mark It On The Calendar, Boys and Girls!

I agree with Maureen Dowd! Oh, she took a few of her obligatory shots at President Bush, but as I say about so many things, "once you accept that it's a dog, you can't get upset when it barks."
In another inane debate last week, many voices suggested that decapitating the head of a deadly terrorist network was some sort of injustice.

Taking offense after Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said he was “much relieved” at the news of Bin Laden’s death, Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, posted the Twitter message: “Ban Ki-moon wrong on Osama bin Laden: It’s not justice for him to be killed even if justified; no trial, conviction.”

I leave it to subtler minds to parse the distinction between what is just and what is justified.

When Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said she was “glad” Bin Laden had been killed, a colleague called such talk “medieval.”

Christophe Barbier, editor of the centrist French weekly L’Express, warned: “To cry one’s joy in the streets of our cities is to ape the turbaned barbarians who danced the night of Sept. 11.”

Those who celebrated on Sept. 11 were applauding the slaughter of American innocents. When college kids spontaneously streamed out Sunday night to the White House, ground zero and elsewhere, they were the opposite of bloodthirsty: they were happy that one of the most certifiably evil figures of our time was no more...

It may be that some administration officials have taken Dick Cheney’s belittling so much to heart that they are still reluctant to display effortless macho. Liberal guilt may have its uses, but it should not be wasted on this kill-mission.

The really insane assumption behind some of the second-guessing is that killing Osama somehow makes us like Osama, as if all killing is the same.

Only fools or knaves would argue that we could fight Al Qaeda’s violence non-violently.

What time is it? I'm going to see what she posts in 12 hrs.

2 comments:

MikeAT said...

What time is it? More like a daily tear calendar Darren, wait till 2012.

I'm just astonished she finds anything but Bush, Cheney et all evil. And yes, she is right on this.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Another fracture-plane on the left?

There are lefties who have come out against environmentalist excesses, lefties who've come out against the excesses of the public education system. Now, under the goad of having to decide whether to support Obama or attack him, the left's having to split along the lines of the war on terror.