Saturday, May 13, 2006

“No war on Iraq. Freedom for Palestine”.

Christopher Hitchens on the Euston Manifesto and the folks who call for No war on Iraq. Freedom for Palestine....

and today's ....rotten unprincipled alliance between the former fans of the one-party state and the hysterical zealots of the one-god one.
The “Euston Manifesto” keeps it simple. It prefers democratic pluralism, at any price, to theocracy. It raises an eyebrow at the enslavement of the female half of the population and the burial alive of homosexuals. It has its reservations about the United States, but knows that if anything is ever done about (say) Darfur, it will be Washington that receives the UN mandate to do the heavy lifting.

It prefers those who vote in Iraq and Afghanistan to those who put bombs in mosques and schools and hospitals. It does not conceive of arguments that make excuses for suicide murderers. It affirms the right of democratic nations and open societies to defend themselves, both from theocratic states abroad and from theocratic gangsters at home.

I have been flattered by an invitation to sign it, and I probably will, but if I agree it will be the most conservative document that I have ever initialled. Even the obvious has now become revolutionary. So call me a neo-conservative if you must: anything is preferable to the rotten unprincipled alliance between the former fans of the one-party state and the hysterical zealots of the one-god one.

1 comment:

Jason H. Bowden said...

"So call me a neo-conservative if you must: anything is preferable to the rotten unprincipled alliance between the former fans of the one-party state and the hysterical zealots of the one-god one."

Given workers in Western countries are pretty comfortable, Muslim fundamentalists seem to be the left's new adopted proletariat. They both oppose capitalism, materialism, "greed" and so forth, but for different reasons. Little does the left realize that like the Revolution in Iran, the left is always the first to get sliced off the revolutionary salami.

The left's silence with regard to people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan is pretty remarkable, given you'd think these people would be worshipped for expressing the left's historical ideals. But I guess secular people from the Muslim world aren't as interesting and "authentic" as cultural diversity dogmatists demand.