sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

....Pull quote from a letter to the editor in the N.Y. Times Book Review, regarding Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilisation:

"As a general principle, it is always legitimate and appropriate to speak the truth as one sees it concerning political and social issues.

"It was particularly important for Fisk and others who shared his views to do so in the immediate wake of 9/11, in order to put into context what was certain to be regarded by uninformed observers as an inexplicable, completely gratuitous act of barbarism — and was indeed depicted in exactly that light by those who swiftly sought to use the attacks to advance a long-held far-right-wing agenda of militaristic imperialism abroad and truncated civil rights and civil liberties at home, with disasterous consequences that are now readily apparent."

But the way I see it, those pushing a liberal agenda are viewing 9/11 as "an inexplicable, completely gratuitous act of barbarism" by refusing to recognize the urgency behind the war on terror. Right?


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