Honest consideration of politics is rare. This board is full of partisan numbskullery, of dyed-in-the-wool hacks defending positions based on knee-jerk prejudices instead of attempting honest evaluations of events, regardless of where the chips may fall (in said evaluations).
To those on the left: While I, like you, despise most of what comes out of the reactionary camp on the right, some of what they have to say (accent on the qualifier some, mind) is spot on. Once you get past the patriot-fuelled ideological grandstanding, and stop wincing, an honest look at what is happening reveals a fundamental truth–they have stolen some of your liberal fire. The anti-war protesters have advanced the cause of freedom (yes, loaded term, usually wilfully massaged into cant by the reactionary right) not a whit anywhere, but the U.S. military under the direction of Bush, for all the president’s unforgivable fuckups (for which he should not have been re-elected…big mistake, there, but one works with what one has), has.
Rare Cairo rally against Mubarak
About 100 people have taken part in a rare anti-government demonstration in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, demanding free elections for the presidency.
I find it infuriating that the BBC fails to mention the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the resulting election even once. The bias at work there is utterly contemptible.
To those on the right: Your propensity to caricature when it comes to the left invariably leads to foot-in-mouth. It’s just plain dumb.
As the World Turns
“At least 12,000 American troops and probably more should leave at once, to send a stronger signal about our intentions and to ease the pervasive sense of occupation.” (Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), January 27, 2005).
"America’s willful defeatists