Over at PrismWarden, Robbie offers some insight into the recent debate between Christopher Hitchens and George Galloway. Hitchens shares his thoughts on the debate here (HT: Powerline), but I found Robbie’s post a better read. As an outside observer, he provides a most unique perspective.
Robbie noted that:
Galloway’s entire argument, it seemed, was that Christopher Hitchens opposed intervention in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, thus supporting it now nullifies anything to be said on the topic. Similarly, Galloway’s answer against the present war on terror seems to rest entirely on the realpolitik practices of the U.S. and Britain during the 1970’s and 1980s. We helped create the situation, you see.
To oppose these various regimes now makes us hypocrites.
Indeed, Robbie finds that “For many on the Left, hypocrisy is quite possibly the greatest crime one can ever possibly commit.” Thus, instead of engaging supporters of the war (or indeed, advocates of any argument they oppose), liberals are all to eager to nitpick at the hypocrisies (or alleged hypocrisies) of conservatives rather than address the merits of their arguments. Recall, the ruckus a few months back over the supposed hypocrisy of Jeff Gannon? As if the hypocrisy of a reporter for a two-bit news organization who happened to get a White House press pass somehow merited national attention.
Anyway, I think Robbie’s right on the money about many on the left. They’re all to eager to dwell on our hypocrisy (or supposed hypocrisy) as if it absolves them of the responsibility of making real arguments. He has more to say on this topic — and says it in a manner that is fun to read — so just read the whole thing!
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com