er like the dictator she fails to see that she is assisting.

Posted by at February 3, 2003 03:34 PM

He makes a good point in the macro, in the micro I really hate people who equate anti-war-on-iraq-under-these-terms as "pro-Saddam." That really gets under my skin.

Posted by: Franklin at February 3, 2003 04:07 PM

Franklin -- I agree with you ... though I hold out the possibility that they may be right! (About "assisting," I mean, not about being "pro-Saddam.") Also, *some* people do cross the line over into apologia & aid, though I've seen about 1,000 times more evidence of that with Milosevic than with Saddam.

Posted by: Matt Welch at February 3, 2003 04:17 PM

I actually share your objection Franklin - sometimes.

It is a cheap shot when you are actually talking about someone who argues a reasoned no-war-on-iraq-under-these-terms.

But when the people calling for the censorship (who I should point out did not include the former Guardian journalist)argue that this all about oil, that the western media is lying about Saddam and that the "Taliban brought stability" to Afghanistan before it was wrecked by US imperialism etc etc. Well I think these are the voices that do bring comfort to the Iraqi dictatorship.

Posted by: Harry at February 3, 2003 04:19 PM

Well, these calls for censorship can be found on more right leaning sites as well. The closed mind is a prolific little beastie. However I'd like to think its those who feel disenfranchised who tend to exhibit that behavior most.

With the current polls reflecting an embrace of the Republican/Pro War crowd by the right and the moderate middle, "conservatives" today may well tend to be a bit more magnanimous than those with other views.

Posted by: MoE at February 4, 2003 07:48 AM
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