Thursday, July 07, 2005

Winning

Kevin Drum had two posts up on the London Bombings, the first a link, and the second:

A WISH....If I could have one small wish for today, it would be for the blogosphere on both left and right to refrain from political point scoring over the London attacks. Just for a day. Isn't tomorrow soon enough to return to our usual arguments?
Needless to say, this was not a wish the tooth fairy could grant. Instead the right (and subsequently, the left) spewed out their furious hatred - not of the perpetrators, but of their fellow Americans. A few samples:
It's liberals like you which caused the bombings in London. Your constant clamoring about how America is losing in Iraq has only emboldened the terrorists to attack us only more because they believe they can win now...
And perhaps it was Yoda who said:
Dumbass bastards you are.

Got that low life, spineless libs?
And from the fair sex:
FOR ANY LIBERAL LEFT WHO HAD NO CLUE, IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN FUNDED THE SUICIDE BOMBERS THAT
BLEW UP BUSES, TRAIN STATIONS, ETC. ETC. FOR DECADES IN THE MIDDLE EAST...
Some on the left felt compelled to castigate Kevin for his wish:
...Kevin is liking the money he's getting for falling in line with the mainstream voice and the recognition of being part of the media blogging world.

Why does anybody who appreciates the independence of blogging come here? Kevin is a stooge for the powers that be. Who is served by Kevin's point of view? Not anybody who is a potential victim of terrorism...
Guess what my friends, when American rages hatefully against American and liberal spews vicious bile on liberal, the terrorists have already won.

Others had more reasonable and compassionate views, but one thing I haven't seen is a thoughtful analysis of how to deal with this kind of threat.