Friday, August 26, 2005

Stewart vs. Hitchens

Pretty entertaining. Via Crooks & Liars.

The thing that kills me most about these heartfelt war defenses is that most supporters probably would proclaimed imminently necessary whatever post-9/11 international strategy Bush chose, just so long as it involved kicking some Middle Eastern ass. Like Alan Jackson, most of America can't even locate Iraq on a map, much less explain why invading it would make more sense from a GWOT (excuse me, GSAVE) perspective than chasing down Bin Laden, staying the course in Afghanistan, ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on Saudi Arabia, or countless other foreign policy alternatives. The American people wanted their national guns pointed at Muslims; it didn't much matter exactly who they were or whether they had anything to do with 9/11. It's just like religion: the dogmatic particulars people subscribe to are usually determined by forces outside their control (e.g. accident of birth), but they'll defend their faith passionately as the one true way nonetheless. Completely ridiculous.