September 10, 2007

AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WITH PECCABLE ONES:

His Toughness Problem—and Ours: a review of World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism
by Norman Podhoretz (Ian Buruma, 9/27/07, NY Review of Books)

In his latest book, Podhoretz refers to the "Vietnam syndrome" as an example of "neo-isolationism" and "pacifist sentiment" that are supposedly rife in "the elite institutions of American culture." [...]

I myself was opposed to the war... [...]

Long before September 11 there were good reasons for wishing to get rid of Saddam Hussein. He was a mass murderer of his own Kurdish and Shiite citizens, as well as a brutal oppressor of all other Iraqis. This was sufficient reason for people with impeccable democratic credentials, such as Václav Havel, Kanan Makiya, and Adam Michnik, to support a war that would topple him.


So what else are we supposed to call folks like Mr. Buruma, who oppose our replacing genocidal tyrants, but isolationist?


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2007 7:20 AM
Comments

Wishing doesn't make it so, Mr. Buruma.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 8:28 AM

What do we call people who wanted us to get into the Yugoslavian mess (and not get out), keep Saddam in power, and now intervene in the Sudan? I wish they'd just make up their minds, or at least shut up until they do.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 10, 2007 9:46 AM

What are we supposed to call them? Let's start with peace-creep, culture-traitor and folk-enemy, and those are only the nice names.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 10, 2007 4:06 PM

To the contrary, isolationism is tres volkish, that's what makes it evil.

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2007 5:37 PM
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