Friday, June 02, 2006

Lefties, Start For The Hills Now - The Revolution Begins Shortly

The Hadithas debacle has inspired a lot of chest-puffing and snorting and pawing of the ground on both sides of our democratic divide. As usual, whackos on the Left and on the Right have begun using something that is undeniably tragic to forward their own agendas.

On the Left, the Hadithas incident has people wielding it like a burning sword of damnation pointed at the hearts of all who support the Iraq campaign. They've unfairly extrapolated outward that the actions of the few represent the will of the many. That's as erroneous as it was in Viet Nam.

On the Right, people are behaving just as horribly. Only, as usual, the comments trend toward threats of violence - thinly veiled as warnings to the Left that the day of reckoning for their traitorous liberal beliefs is at hand.

From Instapundit:

Peter Ingemi writes that the antiwar left has made Haditha morally
irrelevant:


There is one aspect about Haditha that seems to be ignored by everybody.Our press and the anti-American left both in this country and outside of it has been reporting "Hadithas" over and over again over the last three years. Time and time again our friends have accused us of every possible atrocity that there is to the point that internationally people are already able to believe this or the 9/11 stuff or all the rest. Because of this, internationally it is totally irrelevant if the Marines actually violated the rules of war. Our foes are going to say that we've done things if we do them or not, so the only people that it really matters to will be; the people killed (and family) and the people in our own country who support the military.

The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say "we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep". At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not. [emphasis added] That is a fate that I don't wish on any of us.



Glenn Reynolds responds with this:
Some people, judging from my email, are misjudging -- or deliberately misconstruing -- Ingemi's point. Ingemi's point, as I took it, is that crying wolf leads end the end to moral callousness, as people assume that there's no point in behaving morally when they're going to be called monsters anyway. This seems rather uncontroversially obvious to me.

Then you're obviously an idiot, Reynolds.

Ingemi's writings none-too-subtly imply that when the revolution comes, the Left will be on the wrong end of a gun barrel. The "point" that Reynolds refers to, that "there's no point in behaving morally when they're going to be called monsters anyway" is the most extreme and absurb example of moral relativism I've seen in ages. This, from the Right, who love to bandy that phrase about as if the Leftists own the patent on it.

Obviously, they're simply leasing from the Right.

The notion that, by criticizing the Right, the Left will leave Ingemi and his buddies no choice but to become monsters is foul. It's psychotic. And it's anything but uncontroversial.

(link courtesy of This Modern World)

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