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Saturday, February 01, 2003
At least Andrew Sullivan has yet to use the Columbia shuttle tragedy to justify the "war on terror" without end
I both complimented and mildly criticized Glenn Reynolds earlier today for his blogging on the Columbia incident but this implicitly jingoistic entry for MSNBC on the topic is way out of line even for him:
Like all Americans I was saddened by the report that the space shuttle Columbia was lost. (Iraq — whose rocketry program aims not at the stars, but at lobbing anthrax toward Tel Aviv — felt differently,expressing pleasure that many Americans may decide to hold against them later.)Yes, the world is divided between evil Iraqis who should just learn that the United States should be allowed to do whatever it wants to their country without any sort of response, even angry statements, and wonderful Americans who only want to go to the stars for peaceful purposes and would never dare attack another country from the sky.
In an influential piece for Reason last year, Matt Welch conservatively estimated that sanctions on Iraq have "at the least, contributed to more than 100,000 deaths since 1990." Does Reynolds feel anywhere near as much sadness for the deaths of those people? Does the average American? When the war with Iraq escalates, will Reynolds and his fellow "patriots" care about the Iraqi civilains who die as much as they want to wave those flags?If no is the answer to these questions, and I believe it is to all of them, why the hell should any Iraqi care about the deaths of six Americans and one Israeli?