Thursday, June 01, 2006

Rightwing Bloggers Coming Unglued Over Haditha

Michelle Malkin posts an LGF photo of Palestinian children carrying weapons - the implication being? That shooting children is justified?

Glenn Reynolds links to a comment threatening civil war in the US.

At RCP, Jed Babbin writes, "If it were up to Cong. John Murtha, Duke University rape case prosecutor Mike Nifong would be transferred to the Haditha case."

And those are just the big league bloggers. A host of other rightwingers are hyperventilating over Haditha. It's amazing how clueless they are about the left's motives. As I wrote last summer:
"The right (broadly speaking) can’t fathom why the left is driven into fits of rage over every Abu Ghraib, every Gitmo, every secret rendition, every breach of civil liberties, every shifting rationale for war, every soldier and civilian killed in that war, every Bush platitude in support of it, every attempt to squelch dissent. They see the left's protestations as appeasement of a ruthless enemy. For the left (broadly speaking), America’s moral strength is of paramount importance; without it, all the brute force in the world won’t keep us safe, defeat our enemies, and preserve our role as the world’s moral leader.

War hawks squeal about America-haters and traitors, heaping scorn on the so-called “blame America first" crowd, but they fail to comprehend that the left reserves the deepest disdain for those who squander our moral authority. The scars of a terrorist attack heal and we are sadder but stronger for having lived through it. When our moral leadership is compromised by people draped in the American flag, America is weakened. The loss of our moral compass leaves us rudderless, open to attacks on our character and our basic decency. And nothing makes our enemies prouder. They can't kill us all, but if they permanently stain our dignity, they've done irreparable harm to America.

The antiwar critique of Iraq is that it is an immoral war and every resulting death is a wrongful one. Opponents of the war view the invasion and occupation as a dangerous and shameful violation of international law. Iraq saps our moral strength and the sooner we leave the better. Opposing the invasion on the grounds that the administration lied its way into it, they see every subsequent death, American or foreign, as an ethical travesty and a stain on America's good name."

11 Comments:

Anonymous Drindl said...

Peter,

I'm always grateful for what you do but I have to admit lately it's getting hard to take. I knew this was going to be a bad year-- the only thing uglier than a repug in an election year is a scared repug in an election year-- so it was bound to be ugly. Any savage beast is going to go for your face when it's cornered. And they are that.

But this threat of mass murder of Democrats being highlighted by Hinderacker [excuse me I think it was him] as if he thinks that's a fine idea -- and Michelle Malkin saying that children are terrorists so it's okay to shoot a 3-year-old baby girl in the face -- even after living through Vietnam it's hard to take.

I can feel another Kent State coming on.

6/01/2006 3:51 PM  
Anonymous karena said...

Great article, sad to say. I mean, I wish you didn't have any of these stories to write about. Apparently Sean Hannity is keeping himself occupied claiming that even if this happened(Haditha) which he doubts, well, I give up. I am not even sure what he is trying to claim. That's how twisted these people are, and they have a huge base of equally twisted souls backing them up. 30% is enough to scare me.

6/01/2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Steve Magruder said...

Re: the Glenn Reynolds post, I am delighted to see reich-winger "wolves" are hanging on to the myth that "the left isn't armed".

Call me a "leftist" if you like--at any rate, if our nation must sink that far, I will thoroughly engage in wolf hunting season, knowing that the armed "unarmed" left, like the "unarmed" left who forged this nation, will do their solemn duty.

6/02/2006 1:19 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Hey Karena... fancy meeting you here, girl.

Peter,
Of course the always wrong rightwingers are having convulsions over Haditha and now the BBC uncovered events at Ishaqi: They are having convulsions because the extensive cover-ups have been exposed. If there is 1 thing they simply cannot stand it is getting caught. But given that our own President and Attorney General have no regard for the Geneva Conventions, how can our troops be expected to, either?

Regarding the Glenn Reynolds' completely mistaken post that the left are unarmed: As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, and as a Midwesterner, I grew up in a home that had at least 1 shotgun and 1 handgun. Why? My Yellow Dog Dem father trusted neither neighbor nor govt. I married a man very much like my dad... and b/c Hubby is frequently out of state, he bought me my own gun. I may look and act like a peace-loving sheep, but hell hath no fury like a liberal mommy who has to protect her child and home from a warmonger wolf.

6/02/2006 2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, guess what:

This is not a 'lefty' issue.

In America, there are people who are morally grounded and have a sense of responsibility when the soldiers of their nation do something like these soldiers are accused of doing, and then there are people who have no sense of responsibility for their nation or the world or even for themselves.

This issue is not about 'the left's motives.' At all. To be outraged over this episode does not make one a Marx-reading coffeehouse-plotting revolutionary. It only means that one has a soul and a conscience.

6/02/2006 2:24 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Reynolds has updated with "there's no point in behaving morally when [the pro-war right are] going to be called monsters anyway. This seems rather uncontroversially obvious to me."

Who knew that this was the basis for morality?

(PS: Join Bloggers Against Torture).

6/02/2006 2:30 AM  
Blogger David Flores said...

RIght wing bloggers are unhinged, meanwhile, many of the rank and file on the right are actively celebrating the Haditha killings. I've got a few posts from Freerepublic.com on my website:

http://davidflores.blogspot.com/2006/05/view-from-right-so-how-is-right-wing.html

6/02/2006 6:37 AM  
Anonymous billmon said...

"Many of the rank and file on the right are actively celebrating the Haditha killings."

Yes, I'm sure they're happy their noble warriors have shed their 'white guilt.'

At least they're honest about their fascist wet dreams -- unlike professor Reynolds, et al.

6/02/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger jsavage said...

The only thing the far right can do is talk, if they want to attack, in the words of America's worst president BRING IT ON. They are nothing but a bunch of cowards. They love war but never serve, they love america but hide when it comes time to fight, so let's see if they have the cajones to back up their big talk

6/03/2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger pseudonymous in NC said...

Has Malkin's child ever brandished a toy gun (or a real one for that matter)?

In which case, by her own metric, that child is a legitimate target.

6/03/2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with drindl...another Kent State cannot be far away. the same herd mentality was in play at that time when "our boys" felt threatened by people with flowers and loud voices. Guns and bullets were the answer then and can be relied upon again to silence the crowd now.
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6/04/2006 1:52 PM  

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