Across the Bay

Friday, January 21, 2005

Galloway's Pole

Here's a partial reply to Dr. Emile of the OTR Chronicles. Dr. Emile wrote:

    [W]hen Iraqi bloggers or many pluralists in the entire
    region are casting about for real allies, they find that
    very often the American Right and the Neocons are
    frankly there for them in a way that the left simply is
    To people risking their lives, the American Right has
    said YES! and the American Left has said little to

    The reason for this, of course, is that the left and
    liberals in the US are locked into an ideological battle
    with a very powerful and unhinged administration,
    and see everything through that lens. I can't blame
    them for that, really, but I think it's shameful when
    they take it out on Iraqi bloggers.

That's unfortunately not the whole truth. Truth of the matter is that the so-called Left has not simply sat on the fence while the sinister righties lent a hand to the Iraqis. No, the Left, in its (hardly laudable) zeal to oppose anything the Bush administration says or does has actively aligned itself with the worst forces of fascism, totalitarianism and fanaticism. Take for instance this piece on George Galloway. I have featured other such pieces criticizing some truly repugnant statements by Naomi Klein and other luminaries of the Left (see also this recent piece in TNR). (That's why, by the way, I respect people like Paul Berman, and the person who wrote the piece on Galloway linked above.)

"What did you bring me, my dear friends, to keep me from the Gallows Pole?"

You didn't just sit on the fence. Rather: "you laugh and pull so hard and see [us] swinging on the Gallows Pole..."