Monday, September 18, 2006

Is This 'Truth to Power?'

In a column entitled "Head in the Sand Liberals," self-proclaimed liberal Sam Harris has a moment of clarity rare to the breed.

...they ignore the fact that Muslims intentionally murder noncombatants, while we and the Israelis (as a rule) seek to avoid doing so. Muslims routinely use human shields, and this accounts for much of the collateral damage we and the Israelis cause; the political discourse throughout much of the Muslim world, especially with respect to Jews, is explicitly and unabashedly genocidal.

Given these distinctions, there is no question that the Israelis now hold the moral high ground in their conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah. And yet liberals in the United States and Europe often speak as though the truth were otherwise.

This passage would be especially relevent to Tankwoman, who thinks Israeli cluster munitions just magically appear in Lebanese neighborhoods. I know writing space in the blogosphere is hard to come by, but would it have been so difficult to add one sentence on Hezbollah's use of neighborhoods as rocket launch-pads?

Harris has all the prerequisite slams of the "religious right" and of course they come without any hint of evidence that its a group that deserves it. But along the way he comes to a startling conlcusion:

This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are. duh.

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