How dispiriting to see, once again, the footage of theocratic rage in Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif. The same old dreary formula: self-righteous frenzy married to a neurotic need to take offense; the easy resort to indiscriminate violence and cruelty; the promulgation of makeshift fatwas by mullahs on the make; those writhing mustaches framing crude slogans of piety and hatred, and yelling for death as if on first-name terms with the Almighty. The spilling of blood and the spoliation of property—all for nothing, and ostensibly 'provoked' by the corny, brainless antics of a devout American nonentity, notice of whose mere existence is beneath the dignity of any thinking person.Very nicely put.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Got to give Christopher Hitchens credit for writing well
I'm normally not a Christopher Hitchens fan, but here's a paragraph from a piece about the reaction in Afghanistan to the burning of a Quran in Florida.