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October 29, 2005

Ow, My Head!

I really should swear off the right-wing crazo-sphere, because it causes me genuine physical distress. On the other hand, it's a learning experience. One thing I've learned is that you can say, with no hyperbole, that the thought processes of a significant chunk of America's right wing are exactly the same as those of holocaust deniers.

And when I say "a significant chunk," I'm not just or even mostly talking about the part of the right wing that's bozos with websites. The right wing has many, many people with genuine power who think just like holocaust deniers.

Both holocaust deniers and America's right wing have the same extreme hostility to reality, because it conflicts with their preferred fantasies. In both, this hostility manifests itself in several ways. They both seize upon the tiniest shred of anything that could be considered "evidence" for their favored fairy tale. Conversely, rather than accepting overwhelming proof of what they don't wish to believe, they both at most will concede we're faced with a "mystery" that may never be solved.

For instance, here's Clifford May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger, writing at National Review Online:

There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The mystery is what Saddam Hussein did with them.

My god, what an incredible mystery!

ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991...

Perhaps we shall never solve this perplexing mystery!

ISG judges that in 1991 and 1992, Iraq appears to have destroyed its undeclared stocks of BW weapons...

Everywhere we turn, we are confronted by MYSTERY!

Did Jews sent to Auschwitz go to Transnistria (Rumania) instead? The Mystery Deepens.


The confirmation of the involvement of Majdanek in the Operation Reinhardt deportations serves only to deepen the mystery of what happened to the Jews of Poland.

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Posted at October 29, 2005 04:39 PM | TrackBack

And that's why they supposedly have to kill him.

of course Mister "Jesus is my favorite philosopher" could probably spare him and finally have more stature, however evanescently, than his old man, and it would probably even save American lives if he did that.

But I wouldn't bet my trip aces on "GWB"'s grace.

And it's funny: Saddam doesn't look anything like Jack Nicholson, and George Bush,jr sure as hell doesn't look anything like Tom Cruise.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at October 29, 2005 07:44 PM

Like I said, the problem is neocons is this: they really believe, despite every other problem that their society has, that they live in the most successful society on Earth, and that is true to a large extent. America still tops the world in higher education, Nobel Prizes and agricultural production. The first two make me unable to comprehend why you guys say that America specializes in "national ignorance"...And therefore that any information, anything, devised by such a society cannot be anything but RIGHT.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at October 29, 2005 09:12 PM

To be fair to the ... what is he? ... oh yeah, "president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies", the U.S Army has been finding a lot of depleted uranium artillery shells in Iraq. No telling whence they came. Them's nookyuhler weapons, Mr. Smarty.

Next up for mystery lovers - what is that big ball of fire in the sky every day?

Posted by: cavjam at October 30, 2005 12:55 AM