Buddha Patriot

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Monday, February 05, 2007

(old draft) The "passivism" of the Left

I have about three drafts in my queue, and though a bit old, this will be the first one I publish.

From Christopher Hitchens:


In many other people's minds, too, there is the unspoken assumption that what
the United States does in Iraq is a fully determined action, whereas what other
people do is simply a consequence of that action, with no independent or
autonomous "agency" of its own. This mentality was perfectly expressed, under
the byline of Marc Santora, in the New York Times of Jan. 31. Santora explained the background of the murderous attacks on the
Shiite festival of Ashura: "At Ashura, Shiites commemorate what is for them the
most formative event of their faith, a celebration that had been banned under
Saddam Hussein. In recent years, Sunni militants, caught up in a
renewed sectarian split
, have attacked worshippers on the
holiday." (My italics.)

I would say this is an even better example (about the 1960s Kent State shootings) of the Left's passivism:
Some rocks were thrown, some windows were
, and an attempt was made to burn the ROTC

(Italics mine) Yep, the rocks just threw themselves, didn't they?


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