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"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

The Usual Suspects... 

Ted Rall is a Fifth Columnist. Check out his love letter to the Saddam crowd, thinly disguised as an Iraqi "recruiting leaflet" here.

Anyway, now that I've got that off my chest, Sullivan gets his usual dander up about this treasonous document, and other things. Meanwhile, Armed Liberal over at Winds of Change continues the great "Chickenhawk" debate started by Tom Tomorrow and LT. Smash (who became LCDR Smash and is now off active duty, so he calls himself "Citizen Smash". My take? I sentimentally agree with Smash that the TT strip might have painted pro-war bloggers with a broad brush, but TT's response that he was speaking of "stay at home chickenhawks" only was intellectually defensible. However, it should be noted that Tom Tomorrow's strip was basically another volley against those who are for the war and don't wear the uniform.

Such as yours truly.

My opinion is rather simple. The objective of the charge "chickenhawk" is to silence debate. It is to say, "you don't wear the uniform, you aren't in harm's way, therefore, you have no right to express an opinion in favor of the war." Which would not stop a liberal who isn't in harm's way from expressing his opinion in opposition to the war, so there you have it.

It's a cheap rhetorical trick that should be considered with a mixture of contempt and slight regard for the user.

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