Sunday, January 4, 2009

Goldfarb reemerges from his hole

Lots of people are linking to Glenn Greenwald's latest missive on the Israeli march into Gaza. I might as well join in the fun.

But here's an especially important point:

Those who giddily support not just civilian deaths in Gaza but every actual and proposed attack on Arab/Muslim countries -- from the war in Iraq to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon to the proposed attacks on Iran and Syria and even continued escalation in Afghanistan -- are able to do so because they don't really see the Muslims they want to kill as being fully human. For obvious reasons, one typically finds this full-scale version of sociopathic indifference -- this perception of brutal war as a blood-pumping and exciting instrument for feeling vicarious sensations of power and strength from a safe distance -- in the society's weakest, most frightened, and most insecure individuals.

An example of that sort of sociopath might be The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb, who we last saw getting mashed by Rick Sanchez in the death-rattle days of the McCain campaign. Yglesias says of Goldfarb: "It’s really too bad John McCain lost the election so we don’t get to see this character in federal office."

But what do we make of people who make a case for wiping out innocent women and children in the name of strategery? Especially when they're Arabs?

Words can't adequately describe the level of disdain I have for that sort of person. But I do have a suggestion for him and people of his ilk, since they can appreciate a good fight and all.

2 comments:

Cami said...

LOL at that suggestion! That whole situation is a gigantic WTF?

blackink said...

Eh. It's tough to even know where to begin other than a prayer for the innocents trapped in the middle of this endless nonsense.