Saturday, February 17, 2007

Aaronovitch on Nick Cohen, and a Related Matter

"Naturally, Cohen’s critics argue that he mistakes the excesses of the far Left for the attitudes of the mainstream, but if only that were true. Learned progressive journals will lend their letters sections to debate just how bad a liar Tony Blair actually is, while running articles seeking to absolve the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, from entirely justified accusations of antiSemitism.

"And it has become a fairly widespread notion on the Left that what counts is “antiimperialism”, that America is the greatest threat to world peace and the real terrorist state, whereas Islamism is an understandable, if occasionally regrettable reaction to Western provocation – a reactive movement of the downtrodden.

"Accordingly we are invited to disarm."

Which makes me wonder what, exactly, these protestors would put in place of Security Certificates, and how many of them believe the detainees are innocent, and how many believe they're guilty.

2 Comments:

Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

That was great post Terry, Witness is perhaps my favourite Biography. Chambers humanity, his decency shine throughout. I believe you and I would no doubt disagree on many matters however your common sense stance on the current topsy turvy logic of many on the left is to be applauded.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Catfur: You favour civilization, then. Me too. Lots of opportunity for civil disagreements once that's out of the way.

Cheers.

10:57 PM  

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