Archive for July, 2010

Moral Dave And Mr. Hyde

July 23, 2010

You know the country has a big problem when one of its influential moral guides is drunk on war wine.

 A N.Y. Times Op-Ed writer, David Brooks, has a piece  on morality today. For those of us who follow the N.Y. Times, we recognize a favorite theme here. Brooks, a shrewd and lucid writer whose mannerism is disarmingly innocent and honest, crusades as a moral guide of sort.

 Here is Davide’s  Mr. Hyde side.

In this piece , he is making a case for the senseless war in Afghanistan. Anyone who opposes the war is coward who wants to “surrender to the Taliban” he argues. In this list compiled by Glenn Greenwald, a true moralist  who doesn’t claim to be one either,  Brooks is cheering on the invasion of Iraq. In fact, Greenwald points out that Brooks was the second most influential pundit who pushed us into that war.

Now one can justify those wars, wrongly or rightly, on geopolitical or greed basis. But for a moralist who always pretends to assume the moral high ground to sell those wars is  farcical to say the list. Just look at the (conservative) estimate of the number of  innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan that have died over a lie he helped spread.

As he notes in his piece today, “Our minds respond more powerfully to the plight of an individual than the plight of a group”. How true! And what more in the way of a proof does anyone need than the misanthrope author himself.


American Values In The Middle East….

July 7, 2010

The New York Times, April 22, 2010

… “We pay the price for defending U.S. values in this area.”

                                                     Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon

Are these the kind of  U. S. values that the deputy foreign minister was defending?

1. Deadly Israeli Raid Draws Condemnation (Israeli commandos attack humanitarian  aid flotilla).

2. The Gaza blockade  has turned Gaza into a big concentration camp.

3. UN denounces Israel cluster bombs.
4. Palestinian homes demolished without warning.
5. Israel accused of war crimes over 12-hour assault on Gaza village.
6. Israel used white phosphorus in Gaza civilian areas.
etc..etc… You get the picture.
By the way, what is the ” Friedman outrage  index”  over those values from influential religious and other U. S. cultural outlets? Need I ask?