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July 14, 2005

The Decent Left

For all the liberal-bashing -- well-deserved, I think -- it bears reminding that the entire left is not in fact tainted with anti-Americanism, anti-semitism, moral equivalency, and terrorist apologism.

It's relatively easy for a conservative to support the war on terror; it's relatively difficult for a liberal to do so, and those who do ought be commended.

I like the cut of this guy's jib:

[I]an Buruma, Luce Professor at Bard College, writes of the “moral paralysis of the left when it comes to non-Western tyrants,” adding: “When Indians kill Muslims, or Africans kill Africans, or Arabs kill Arabs, Western pundits pretend not to notice or find historical explanations, or blame the scars of colonialism…But if white men, whether they are Americans, Europeans, South Africans, or Israelis, harm people of color hell is raised …One could claim this is only right, since we can only take responsibility for our own kind. But this would be a rather racist view of world affairs.”

It's not that it hasn't been said before... it's just refreshing, and encouraging, to hear a liberal say it.


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