Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Here's what I like to see...

Support for the Iraq war from a man that thinks George Bush is a "serial killer" and illegimate president.

Johann Hari reluctantly hopes Kerry will win, but his ability to endorse the Iraq war is what I expect of liberals as the bare minimum requirement to retain a shred of intellectual honesty and moral honesty. You don't have to like Bush, you don't even have to vote for Bush. Even Christopher Hitchens, one of my favorite columnists (he's an incredibly incisive polemicist, and also coined the term "Islamofascist," which has come to define the enemy) is voting for Kerry (as well as the rest of the staff at Slate--surprise).

In this transcript, he just demolish's Robert Fisk. Robert Fisk is an infamously anti-Western British journalist, most known for saying of an Afghan mob that beat him, "If I had been them, I would have attacked me" as well as for lying about the "Jenin Massacre" and never issuing a correction (go here, if you want to hear Robert Fisk go bonkers after getting called out on it) .

Fisk is also the journalist from which the blogospheric verb "fisk" was coined. For an example of a fisking, see previous entry; it is basically a deconstruction of a column or article while exposing it with ruthless logic and cruel wit. Hella fun, indeed.

Money quotes from the transcript mentioned above:

George Orwell once said, ‘Sometimes a war is right even if the Daily Telegraph says so.’ Well, sometimes a war is right even if George Bush says so.


And please remember: if the invasion hadn’t happened we wouldn’t be talking about Iraqi democracy, ever. We would be talking about Saddam and Uday and Qusay forever. I say better a chance at democracy and trade unions and decency – even if you think it’s slim - than an eternity of Ba’athism.


At one point, in response to another question, Fisk said, "Now nobody is safe in Iraq. Under Saddam, if you kept your head down and stayed out of politics, you could be."

Johann replied later: "Really? What about the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs and the 60,000 people murdered in Baghdad alone? What about the conscription during the Iran-Iraq War? They all kept out of politics, and politics was forced on them. So I don't agree."



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