A few snippets from Ted's latest
bq. Respecting one's wartime adversaries, dead and alive, distinguishes civilized societies from barbarians. Architects of the war on terrorism, casting POWs as "enemy combatants" unentitled to Geneva Conventions protections and refusing even to count the enemy dead and wounded, have discarded this fundamental precept of honor. Dead Americans count; those they kill do not.
bq. No one, even Michael Moore, talks about the dead Taliban and Iraqi government soldiers, many of them conscripts. Yet the these tens of thousands, every bit as much as U.S. celebrity war heroes like Pat Tillman (killed, it turns out, by "friendly fire") died performing their duty, defending their countries against enemy forces.
Ted is right (yes, right!) on one or two things in this column. If Memorial Day is designed to honor those who died while fighting for this nation, then our services on that day should include mentions of the dead allies who fought alongside us.
He is also correct when he writes this: It's a cliché of journalism: a single murdered blonde scores screaming headlines while "2,000,000 Chinese Die in Floods" gets a column inch under the fold on page 19
. In fact, a single blonde actress who got shot in the shoulder on a New York subway this week garnered more headlines and stories than any other story for three days in a row. But that's another topic for another day, and nothing new or startling to any of us.
So where does Ted get it wrong? Everywhere else.
Does he really think we should have been honoring enemy combatants on Memorial Day? Can you imagine a service, attended by thousands of veterans, their families and fellow Americans, that paid tribute to those who died fighting for our country and then asked that we also remember those who were trying to kill us? If it makes me a barbarian for refusing to think that is appropriate, so be it. But I just cannot imagine a Memorial Day where a speaker stands before a crowd and asks that we give thanks to Hitler's army or the Taliban. The Taliban being those brave soldiers that Ted is always defending as if they were not a group of people whose motto may as well be "Kill All The Americans and Jews Now!" He cozies up to the Taliban as if they were friends of his, and not radical murderers who would just as likely drop a bomb on Ted's house as they would on mine.
And if you need any further proof that the left is clearly becoming a group of people whose ideology is based on hatred (read the DU thread from the post below for further examples), read the beginning of this theater review
in the Village Voice (via Instapundit
, via here
bq. No U.S. president, I expect, will ever appoint a Secretary of the Imagination. But if such a cabinet post ever were created, and Richard Foreman weren't immediately appointed to it, you'd know that the Republicans were in power. Republicans don't believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.
This opinion is presumably not shared by Foreman; you can gauge the breadth of his imaginative compassion from his willingness to extend it even toward George W. Bush, idiot scion of a genetically criminal family that should have been sterilized three generations ago.
Yes, that is a part of a theater review
I'll have to come back to this one later as my comp time is limited right now, but feel free to have your say.