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Some of the best lately–meaning the most disturbing: 


Arundati Roy at


http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,927849,00.html


Jimmy Breslin in Newsday at


http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0331-11.htm


Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in the Los Angeles Times at


http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0322-01.htm


Robert Fisk in the Independent


http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0401-04.htm


And then there’s the Big Guy in his boy David’s Book of Psalms, 20:7:  Some trust in chariots, some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

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  1. Anonymous | June 12, 2003 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Arundati Roy opposed the removal of the Taliban from power by U.S. and allied forces on ‘moral grounds’.

    On ‘moral grounds’, rather than fight a war, Ms. Roy would have let the Taliban remain in power to:

    1) Continue denying health care to millions of Afghan women (the Taliban forbade women from seeing male Doctors for a long list of medical problems– thereby sentencing countless 100’s of thousands more Afghan women to death by medical care exclusion).

    2) Would have kept all Afghan women under the crushing weight of the Burkha for years to come.

    3) Would have allowed Al Quaeda to continue to exist unmolested and at full power in Afghanistan.

    Arandati Roy is a destructive idealist.

    Morality without pragmatism is ultimately immoral.

    Outcomes and consequences of positions of principle correctlty gauge the moral worth of such positions, not their internal ‘purity’ devoid of consequence in reality.

    Arandati Roy (and many other disconnected idealists) would have let the Taliban rape Afghanistsan for another generation, rather than go to war to stop it.

    Rather than ‘get dirty’ and do the imperfect thing with the far superior moral outcome:

    That is– use military force to remove the Taliban, liberate Afghanistan and deliver a blow to Al Quaeda.

    Arandati Roy, darling of the unrealistic faction of the Left, gets the limelight, while those who would get their hands dirty and even risk their own lives, get morally perfectionistic condemntation.

    All of this in the upside-down fantasy world of Left perfectionists who yammer endlessly from their many perches in the American and British media.

    As James said, essentially, elsewhere on this Blog…

    …whatever happened to the REAL Left?

    Phil Murray

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