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Piss and Moan, but not Think
By M. Scott Eiland
In her latest column Molly Ivins lives up to her usual vapid level of analysis by slipping criticism of Bush's recent Middle East policy speech in between the snide comments and continued bitching about the 2000 election results (*cough cough*--get over it--*cough cough).
Bush saying that Arafat should go is misguided, because it will guarantee
that the Palestinians will re-elect him, and that Bush's approach is symptomatic
of his contempt for democracy (she throws in some whining about how we
didn't rush to the support of Hugo Chavez--friend to Castro and Saddam--when
he was briefly overthrown, because, you know, he got 60% of the vote).
My reply, once I finish marvelling at how someone with their head shoved
so far up their ass
Not to give Ms. Ivins a history lesson, but the Nazis originally gained power through democratic elections: should the world have shrugged and said, "Well, we can't say that that government is evil and should be removed--it might offend them?" Oh, wait, they did. (See the encyclopaedia entry for "Chamberlain, Neville" for elaboration) Gee, Molly, I guess you're right. That worked SO well.
My take on it is
this: Bush's comments were aimed straight at the Palestinian people, who
will indeed get to choose their leaders, and the message was: "You
can stop this whole awful mess by choosing new leaders who don't make
blowing up babies a way of doing business, and we will be willing to set
aside the past and help you get the state you claim to want.
Would that he had
actually said that; of course, it would have sent the editorial pages
all over into a hissy fit, but at least the message would be unmistakable,
and brain dead twits like Ivins might actually have to write about it
rather than her own oh so clever nonsense about how terrible it is that
Bush is soft on democracy. Democracy is about the people being