Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The good and the bad

Most people realize that you can't place every person into one of two categories: good or bad. Sure, there are everyday tropes which refer exclusively to one or the other (e.g. Mother Teresa, Hitler), but anyone with any understanding of history knows that it's simply not useful for understanding events to apply simplistic labels because they cover up genuinely useful knowledge which might help you make the right decision on a given issue.

And yet, there are some people who persist in coloring the world in black and white. Bush is Hitler. Ahmadinejad is Hitler. It's idiotic, but it appeals to certain pre-cretaceous throwbacks who think hooting from the safety of their perch is the height of political sophistication and who shit on those who do the dirty work of actually engaging with issues on the ground.

Witness Charles Johnson and his lizard gang. While other people managed to subject Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a scrutiny he is likely never to have endured before, Johnson and Co. display the cowardly attitude normally the preserve of the Iranian and American president: pontificating about other people from afar, never daring to actually confront them for fear of being shown up as an ignorant fool.

2 comments:

wcw said...

Wow, I see the Patriotic Leader Charles is actually using the term "mini-Hitler" in his headlines. I am actually feeling a little bit sorry for the poor guy, Mr. A's visit to the Big A is really causing him to meltdown.

Lex said...

Actually, the best I heard from the nuttier side of life was Michael Savage. We turn that show on to see if he can go a segment without going off into an impossibly weird tangent about either a bad restaurant experience, his dog Teddy, or both. So far, Savage has not gotten very far.

Until last week, when he was taking calls about his potential "run" for the Presidency. It just got more and more bizarre and laughable and then he finally said that were he President he would have had Ahmadinejad's plane "shot out of the sky over the Atlantic" on his way to NY.

I had my camera with me because I've been making video diaries for friends outside of the U.S., so I turned it on and got the audio. Sorry about Charles on this one, but I've got to give it to Cabbage on this one. I'll even post it if you want. It was too good, even without restaurant and dog incoherence.