December 20, 2005

The Central Political Issue of the Day in One Paragraph

"Irrationality on a political level from these quarters has never been a shock. On a personal level, however, the predominant response of the intellectual Left was a mystery. It was as if the thousands of crushed and incinerated men, women, and children—those who threw themselves into a quarter-mile abyss rather than have the flesh seared off their bones as they stood in the wind at glassless walls, the small children who died in terror after watching hysterical fanatics slit the throats of screaming stewardesses, and so on, for there are almost three thousand stories—simply did not exist. How does one explain such an egregious absence of sympathy (much less assertions that "they" deserved it, or that it was a work of art) among endlessly self-proclaiming empathetics whose stock in trade is to milk compassion even from the Rock of Gibraltar? This is a real rather than a rhetorical question, because it is significant of a great division."

Posted by Vanderleun at December 20, 2005 3:00 PM
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Hate conquers all. Set aside the truly isane, and let's focus on the merely delusional. Partisan hatred blinds the left to personal danger. And there have been no more attacks since 9/11, at least not here in the land of the privileged. How convenient for one's delusion.

Wait for the rage from the left when we are once again attacked. Hate conquers all.

Posted by: Old Dad at December 21, 2005 9:04 AM

Related post:

Why Do Bleeding Hearts Coagulate for Victims of Terrorism?

The piece is excellent and worth reading. Continuing the discussion, however, I believe that there's more than just a love of collectivism behind liberal indifference to the victims of terrorism. There is also a loathing for the traditional, positive values that underlie most successful nations.

Posted by: Gina Cobb at December 22, 2005 1:54 PM