Friday, November 13, 2009

Don't follow leaders. Watch the parking meters.

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but you can't tell the players these days without a program.

1. Here's the spectacle of leftish-sounding right-wing British antisemitic Israel-supporting allies of anti-imperialist Hungarian neofascist Hamas-fanciers on parade, in a most instructive essay.

2. Who would write that the Taliban were grudgingly tolerated by Afghans, and it was because of the "honesty, integrity and good performance from all levels of government" the Taliban delivered? American white-nationalist and revisionist David Duke? British National Party leader and "anti-war" windbag Nick Griffin? Nope, neither. It was "left-wing" Canadian columnist Rick Salutin who wrote that, in the Globe and Mail today.

The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles:


Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

I don't know about the weatherman, but I will certainly have to re-read the Millar's piece again after a drink or two. Confusing, that.

As for the clip: it couldn't be shown in my neck of the woods due to copyright restriction. Should I cry "anti-Semitism!" or not, is the question.

And the name Rick Salutin is added to the list, thanks.

2:04 AM  
Blogger The Plump said...

I couldn't see it either Snoopy, so they are out to get us fatties too. (A secret world conspiracy of obese Jews, now that is a thought.)

Taliban were grudgingly tolerated by Afghans, and it was because of the "honesty, integrity and good performance from all levels of government"

Only one response: Fuck!

3:24 AM  
Blogger Dragon Lady said...

Why the Globe & Mail continues to keep Rick Salutin on staff is absolutely beyond me. I stopped reading him years ago when he tried to rationalize the right to view kiddie porn on line under freedom of thought

5:05 AM  
Blogger ModernityBlog said...

I think you need to ask people directly, what will happen if and when NATO forces leave precipitously?

The answer is something they'll want to avoid, because in all probability it would come down to two things:

1) A civil war in Afghanistan (100,000s killed)
2) A Taliban take-over (100,000s killed)

The problem is people don't want to acknowledge that's what will likely happen.

And if and when NATO forces leave in a hurry then aid agencies will follow and the Afghans will be truly destitute and at the mercy of the Taliban.

Not that you’ll hear people honestly admitting that.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Thanks for dropping by, Modernity. I am a fan of yours, and I'd recommend to anyone stopping by here that they read your own essay on the subject: "Wthdrawal and Then What?" here:

This is indeed the crux of it. There is no sense, no moral basis, and not a jot of liberal or progressive politics behind the "troops out" posture. At the same time, it has never been a question of whether to withdraw, but when. Now is not the time. Although much as been accomplished, the job isn't over until it's over - but the troops-out frenzy began with its delusions and will end with them. The stoppists have made no useful contribution to the conversation, and certainly no use of themselves at all to the Afghan people. Their time is occupied solely by the task of justifying their depraved position, no matter the lies and distortions that task requires.

There's a rational motive behind the troops-out clamour. Those making the loudest noise want Afghanistan and all the troubling questions to go away for good. They want Afghanistan erased and forgotten, so that their own moral squalor these past several years will be forgotten as quickly as possible. There will be all sorts of conspiracy theories and nutty analyses to draw from to explain any eventuality down the road.

Asking sensible questions of committed stoppists has rarely produced straightforward answers, although sometimes, you'll get one. The answers that aren't cluttered by conspiracy theory (it's all about oil, er, gas, er, sand) tend to come down to this: Fuck the consequences; they're wogs; they don't matter; I want to wear my death-to-imperialism t-shirt without being bothered by the complicated questions you have the impudence to ask.

Cheers, Modernity. Keep up the good work.

11:33 AM  
Blogger ModernityBlog said...

ahh Terry, the feelings mutual :)

12:25 PM  

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