Saturday, April 22, 2006

No Apology For Strawmen

The EM crowd says there should be no apology for tyranny.
We decline to make excuses for, to indulgently "understand", reactionary regimes and movements for which democracy is a hated enemy - regimes that oppress their own peoples and movements that aspire to do so.
It must be hard to balance a manifesto on something so precarious.

One of the key problems with this new initiative is that an honest attempt to convey the views of many of its authors would make the word "indulgently", and the quotation marks around "understand", superfluous to requirements.

In other words, many of those who're involved decline to try to actually understand reactionary regimes and movements. Not only that but the group appears to be quite committed to a desire to stifle any attempts by anyone to explain or understand the same. Anyone who has the audacity to attempt it, particularly with regard to the significant effects of the policies of the current incumbants of the Whitehouse and Number 10, can expect to be labelled indulgent apologists. It's not hard to understand why these flag wavers feel they must adopt such an approach.

Aside from the fact that this attempt to obfuscate and to smear any critics is a flagrant attempt to subvert democratic debate, it's strategic folly of the highest order. Just to put on the old pragmatic hat for a moment:
War - Rule 1
Know your enemy.
The "coalition of the willing" would have us attempt to combat extremism with one eye shut. Is it really a surprise that they are doing such an extraordinarily bad job of it?

Tags: , , , ,

No comments: