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March 22, 2004

Where "Far Left" Comes Around

Something that James Lileks wrote in today's Bleat sounded familiar:

These people marched to protest the premature bestowal of freedom by exterior forces. Better the Iraqi people live under the boot for 20 years, and rise up and get slaughtered and rise up again and slaughter those who killed their kin, then have Bush push the FF button and get it over with now. Better they suffer for the right reasons than live better for the wrong ones.

I don't intend a personal assault by pointing this out, but the similarity between the group Lileks is describing and the following quotation from a conservative blogger leads to too important an area of thought to ignore. Here's Steve from Absit Invidia:

Regime change in Iraq was the responsibility of the Iraqi people. God knows their relentless bombing of coalition and civilian targets proves that there was no shortage of explosives and willing 'martyrs' in the Arab world to get the job done.

So the question is: "Why didn't they?"

Even putting aside the matter of whether the "relentless bombing" is the work of Iraqis, Ba'athist holdovers, or border-crossing terrorists, one might be tempted to suggest that either way — whether taking the Lileks vision of perpetual revolution or the Absit Invidia implication of a complicit public — Iraq would have been, at the very least, a "breeding ground for terrorists." But again, regarding interpretation and understanding of facts, we're all in different choirs singing to ourselves in soundproofed rooms at this point. We do well, nonetheless, to watch whose key we begin to sing in.

As just about every rightward blogger has noted, LGF has pictures of the folks Lileks is talking about.

Posted by Justin Katz at March 22, 2004 5:18 PM

If I understand you correctly, you're completely misconstruing Lileks' position. He was speaking as if he were one of the anti-war protesters.

Posted by: Michael Williams at March 22, 2004 8:00 PM


Yes, I got that. My non-personal-assault wasn't directed at Lileks. (I've changed the language a little to make that more explicit.)

Posted by: Justin Katz at March 22, 2004 8:04 PM