Selected Pete

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

Bravo to a Liberal writer! Bravo!

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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/opinion/16friedman.html?hp=&oref=login&pagewanted=print&position=

Note: You will have to enter a basic login to NY Times to read this article, but it is free and quick to do.

I did not expect this from a writer filling in for Maureen Dowd of the NY Times, but Thomas Friedman put out a very intellectually honest piece, and I need to credit him for that. Hat tip goes to another very intellectually honest person named Dennis Prager for highlighting the article on his radio show today.

What’s really sad (and so predictable) is that if this shoe would have been on another foot, I can safely say that Al Franken would never permit such honesty on his bitter-comic liberal airwaves. That’s why flash-in-the-pan Air America will most likely remain a morose, halfwayhouse for venting liberal celebrities to whine endlessly at a small and dwindling audience who patiently listens as they twirl little blue bands around their wrists.

Friedman’s article addresses what many are aware of, but few will actually put on paper: The predominantly Muslim communities devastated by the Tsunami will no more thank the US for their aid than fly the Christian flag over their mosques. Visions of sugar-plums and world gratitude have been floating through the minds of uninformed, globalised politicians ever since the Tsunami hit, yet these communities are so hateful of any western influence from the great satan, that they are already calling for the departure of the US military even as thousands more are confirmed dead.

Friedman’s article does a decent job of contrasting the actions of non-Muslim nations with those who are predominantly Muslim and even though he manages to take a good swipe at the Bush admin, he stays on point as he walks through a few of the pros and cons of Iraq.

So – Bravo, Mr Friedman. Your colleagues are still waiting patiently with their heads in the sand, but it’s nice to see one of you with an objective eye.

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January 18, 2005 at 1:36 pm

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