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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.


Compare and contrast Shropshire's comments with Glenn's (about halfway down).

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.

With all due respect, you are attempting to apply a rational argument to someone who is clearly beyond the reach of reason. In fact, Shropshir is insane, at best.

I say "at best" because the alternative would be far more damning - that Shropshire is not insane, rather is engaging in virulent anti-Americanism for its own sake - a hateful position supportable only by lies and hypocrisy.

For example, anyone who blames the American running-dog imperialist infidel pigs for the deaths of the Iraqi people while their ruthless dictator lives in unrivaled opulence and diverts American and world aid to his own use and purposes is either insane or a willful liar.

Being a very polite person, one who always gives the benefit of the doubt, I choose to believe that Shropshire is merely insane (Although I remain open to anyone who may wish to change my mind).

Those people on Warblogger watch are not worth your time. They have always been a nasty, mindlessly anti-everything bunch. Quite frankly I hadn't heard much about the website in a while, and had hoped it had become defunct. Too bad.

eeeeeewwwwww, you did strip, shower, and burn your clothes before you came back from WBW, didn't you?

If you didn't, can I help? At least with the stripping and showering part.......

I wonder if the Vanguard News Network has stopped by to offer WBW their support lately?

Mr. Warbloggerwatch left out a couple of OTHER handy Sherman quotes........

"There is a class of people (in the South), men, women and children, who must be killed or banished before you can hope for peace and order."

--- General William T. Sherman, Native St. Louisan, and brother - in - law to General Thomas Ewing (Order #11)

"Next year their lands will be taken, for in war we can take them, and rightfully too, and another year they may beg in vain for their lives. A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences. Many many people, with less pertinacity than the South, have been wiped out of national existence. To those who submit to the rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant and persistent secessionist, why, death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better."

--- General William T. Sherman, Native St. Louisan, and brother - in - law to General Thomas Ewing (Order #11)

Sheman is one of my favorites... it pleases me to no end to watch pigeons crap on that shiny statue in Central Park...

Say what you want about Sherman. He understood the primary objective of war: Destroy the will of the enemy to resist.

You have GOT to read this one:

Some examples:

"They were sent to space to spy on the Arabs and Muslims,"said Rudainah Salman, a 28-year-old schoolteacher from Ramallah. "I have no sympathy for the astronauts because they were doing something bad to us. Allah punished them because of their bad intentions. I hate the Americans and the Israelis because of what they are doing to our people."
One of his friends, Ayman Dweik, 19, said he heard "somewhere on TV" that the Columbia explosion was the first in a series of disasters that are expected to hit the US.

"They said on TV that the next strike is going to be when the sea opens and swallows one of the American warships that s on its way to attack Iraq. This is the will of Allah, that all the enemies of Islam shall be destroyed. People here say that the shuttle was on an espionage mission to gather information on the Arab and Muslim countries," Dweik said.

you guys are a bunch of fucking idiots america rocks you all can eat a fat dick quit hate'n on us because we are free to do what we want and we have our freedom.