Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Saturday, April 05, 2003
The death of Michael Kelly has caused a small number of extemists on the left to engage in open and obnoxious celebration. And, predictably, the right is trying to paint this as mainstream. John Hawkins has quoted several such posters at Democratic Underground at length. He hasn't quoted, or even mentioned the existence of messages such as these, which are more numerous even on DU, which is a pretty hardcore partisan site:
Party_line:How surreal to be criticized for not delighting in the death of another. It's such a simple thing not to become as vicious as those who love war.
Jack Rabbit:Mr. Kelly had as much right to be wrong as anyone else. He was wrong often. However, in a democratic society, there needs to be a full discussion of public affairs. He was entitled to his views and to express them.
In democracy, there is no best or least of us. There's just us. One of us is gone and shall be missed.
birdman: That attitude is appalling. The war is wrong because
If we applaud the deaths of people like Kelly it makes
Condolences to Kelly's family.
Northwind: I do not give a damn about someone's political idealogy when they die needlessly. Every human being that dies should be mourned.
Glenn has linked to Hawkins as well as the reliably asinine indy News, which headlined an article, "WP Nazi columnist bites the Iraqi dust". This will doubtless disturb those who regard Indymedia, which has previously published writings on Israel by prominent Middle East expert and liberal activist David Duke (link from Amygdala) as a prestigious part of the moderate left, perhaps confusing it with the Brookings Institute.
Mr Kelly's death is certainly a tragedy for his family. He was, according to many who knew him, an admirable individual. He had an excellent reputation as a war correspondent, probably deserved - these recent columns from Iraq are impressive. He was also a successful editor.
Regrettably, he was perhaps best known for his opinion columns. His death is insufficient reason to deny the truth about his columns - they were vicious, vile, and dishonest. A particularly nasty example was the occasion for Mr Kelly's only prior appearance in this blog.