[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: A Tale of Two Ideologies

Saturday, November 04, 2006

A Tale of Two Ideologies

From today's Herald op-ed page, two columns. One by conservative Cal Thomas. The other by liberal Richard Cohen.

Thomas: Conservatives must unite.

Cohen: Fight for democracy.

If you read Thomas' piece, you can probably come up with another appropriate headline to his column:

Fight for freedom.

Fight for freedom. Fight for democracy. Same thing, right? Basically, yes.

The essential difference lies in where the "fight" is directed towards.

One is directed at a group of people who are driven to eliminate us and our way of life. The other is directed at an administration it is at odds with.

One is directed at a proven, real and present threat. The other is directed at a president and administration that, while committing many mistakes, has not posed anywhere near a threat to our way of life as those from the first group.

There it is in a nutshell folks.


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11:24 AM, November 04, 2006  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Good post. Cohen is making two arguments. He is arguing not only that the Bush administration is incompetent, but also that there is no threat to our country that justifies our risking the lives of our soldiers.

It may be that the Bush administration is incompetent, but the real question is, would a Democratic administration do (or have done) better? Maybe it would, but so far no one has explained how.

On the risks we face, Cohen makes a lot of assumptions. He assumes that Iraq wasn't a threat. He assumes that Iran isn't a threat, or that we can deal with its nuclear and imperial ambitions by other than military means. He assumes that we don't save lives elsewhere by fighting jihadis in Iraq. He assumes that the alternatives to invading Iraq would have been less costly to us than invasion has been. He assumes that hindsight means anything.

12:32 PM, November 04, 2006  

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