Sunday, June 11, 2006

WSJ online on Euston Manifesto

WSJ writes Left Turn via Norm Geras.
Yet since its unveiling in April, the Euston Manifesto has generated fierce debate. On the kinder end, Daniel Finkelstein, in the Times of London, called it "a gigantic waste of time and energy" that seeks to salvage an unsalvageable left. Brendan O'Neill, meanwhile, wrote in the Guardian that "the Euston group and al Qaeda are cut from the same cloth."

Just what could be so provocative? Among other things, the manifesto battles the all-sins-are-equal attitude epitomized by Mr. O'Neill. To wit, the Euston group says it "reject(s) the double standards with which much self-proclaimed progressive opinion now operates," which leads, for instance, to "grotesque public comparison of Guantanamo with the Gulag." Its stand on racism includes fighting anti-Semitism, not a popular cause around fashionable London dinner tables. It is equally comprehensive on terror, "which cannot be justified by the argument that it is done in a cause that is just."

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