Bill Kristol is a Fucking Warmonger

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the face of warmongering, and not just any kind of warmongering, but an especially stupid one.

To wit, Kristol’s op-ed column in today’s NYT, in which he attacks the liberal academia for being pussies (not his words, mine) on how to react to the terrorist incident in Mumbai:

“Consider first an op-ed article in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times by Martha Nussbaum, a well-known professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago. The article was headlined “Terrorism in India has many faces.” But one face that Nussbaum fails to mention specifically is that of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic terror group originating in Pakistan that seems to have been centrally involved in the attack on Mumbai.

This is because Nussbaum’s main concern is not explaining or curbing Islamic terror. Rather, she writes that “if, as now seems likely, last week’s terrible events in Mumbai were the work of Islamic terrorists, that’s more bad news for India’s minority Muslim population.” She deplores past acts of Hindu terror against India’s Muslims. She worries about Muslim youths being rounded up on suspicion of terrorism with little or no evidence. And she notes that this is “an analogue to the current ugly phenomenon of racial profiling in the United States.”

So jihadists kill innocents in Mumbai — and Nussbaum ends up decrying racial profiling here. Is it just that liberal academics are required to include some alleged ugly American phenomenon in everything they write?”

Then Kristol tries to nail Jim Leach:

“Jim Leach is also a professor, at Princeton, but he’s better known as a former moderate Republican congressman from Iowa who supported Barack Obama this year. His contribution over the weekend was to point out on Politico.com that “the Mumbai catastrophe underscores the importance of vocabulary.” This wouldn’t have been my first thought. But Leach believes it’s very important that we consider the Mumbai attack not as an act of “war” but as an act of “barbarism.””

Well, I guess it’s not only “unpatriotic” to point out the terrorism has been used in America to justify all kinds of civil rights violation and a war underwent for a false pretext, it is apparently also “unpatriotic,” according to Kristol, to warn against the same phenomena in other countries.

It is such a fucking dirty, ignoble right-wing move to call any criticism of government policy “unpatriotic,” as if any caution about not overreacting in the face of crisis is somehow treachery. And worst of all, Kristol’s suggestion is highly militaristic, as he says:

“But if terror groups are to be defeated, it is national governments that will have to do so. In nations like India (and the United States), governments will have to call on the patriotism of citizens to fight the terrorists. In a nation like Pakistan, the government will have to be persuaded to deal with those in their midst who are complicit. This can happen if those nations’ citizens decide they don’t want their own country to be dishonored by allegiances with terror groups. Otherwise, other nations may have to act.”

Some five years after Iraq, Kristol has failed to see that counter-terrorism is not primarily a strategy that is aimed towards SOVEREIGN nations. Sure, terrorists, by virtue of being human, necessarily resides somewhere, as a matter of ontological necessity. But just because they reside somewhere does not mean that the proper response is to wage all out war against that country.

But why am I even spending effort on this shit? Is there not anything better to do on a post-Thanksgiving Monday? I’ve learned to attenuate my rage towards the NYT columnists, but once in a while, when one of them writes something THIS retarded, I have to respond.

It’s like a gag reflex.

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