Yea, I'm still on my soapbox.
When the left cries out about the right (or even center) politicizing the Columbia tragedy, I have to offer a slight sneer.
Over at warblogger watch, Philip Shropshire totally miscontrues Glenn Reynold's post about the Iraqi people getting a bit of joy out of this.
Note to Philip: I don't think Glenn ever said he expected the Iraqis to mourn for the seven people lost on Columbia, or to be sad for the United States in general.
The one Iraqi government employee who claimed the shuttle explosion was an act of god wasn't so much saying he hates us, as he was saying that god - their god in this instance, known as Allah - exacted this revenge upon the Americans because we are evil, horrible people. This Allah must be a strange and powerful god to want to take out a space shuttle mission because of American arrogance and its impending war on Iraq, but does nothing about Saddam, who kills and tortures his own people. I have to give very little credence to anyone who jumps to the defense of people who would, as soon as the power to do it was available, blow us into smithereens.
Long before Glenn posted that link, the Columbia tragedy had already become politicized at Indymedia and Democratic Underground.
I just question why someone bothers to take a one sentence post of Glenn's (when he wasn't even the only "warblogger" who posted the link) and call him out on it, when the lefties are doing the exact same thing. I wonder if Philip checked out Atrios's comments?
Just wondering why it doesn't work both ways. I don't see any posts on warblogger watch chastising the lefty bloggers for making a political show out of this.