Wednesday, February 23

Naomi Tells It Like It Is

Naomi Klein's "Getting the Purple Finger" cements the lady's queen-bitch status in my book of polemicists with a brain armed with weapons of mass investigation rather than weapons of mass distraction:

The election results are in: Iraqis voted overwhelmingly to throw out the US-installed government of Iyad Allawi, who refused to ask the United States to leave. A decisive majority voted for the United Iraqi Alliance; the second plank in the UIA platform calls for "a timetable for the withdrawal of the multinational forces from Iraq." There are more single-digit messages embedded in the winning coalition's platform. Some highlights: "Adopting a social security system under which the state guarantees a job for every fit Iraqi...and offers facilities to citizens to build homes." The UIA also pledges "to write off Iraq's debts, cancel reparations and use the oil wealth for economic development projects." In short, Iraqis voted to repudiate the radical free-market policies imposed by former chief US envoy Paul Bremer and locked in by a recent agreement with the International Monetary Fund. So what's the prize? An end to occupation, as the voters demanded? Don't be silly--the US government won't submit to any "artificial timetable." Jobs for everyone, as the UIA promised? You can't vote for socialist nonsense like that. No, they get Geraldo Rivera's tears ("I felt like such a sap"), Laura Bush's motherly pride ("It was so moving for the President and me to watch people come out with purple fingers") and Betsy Hart's sincere apology for ever doubting them ("Wow--do I stand corrected"). And that should be enough. Because if it weren't for the invasion, Iraqis would not even have the freedom to vote for their liberation, and then to have that vote completely ignored. And that's the real prize: the freedom to be occupied. Wow--do I stand corrected.

From what I know--which is more than most but less than some--I agree with that assessment almost completely. More importantly, you put someone like Naomi on television with some dickhead from the Claremont Institute of Cheap Obfuscation and the humbuggery practiced over there by Claremont Men's McKenna--percent Black: 4%; average starting salary: $9,000--would become glaringly obvious. That's why they want to control the airwaves, the newsstands and the academy: to forestall meritocracy in the marketplace of ideas.

Put Naomi up against Pat Buchanan, on the other hand, and you'd get some serious conversation. Invite them to your college today. Assign term papers. Expel all hecklers.

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