Portrait Of The Author As A Literary Whore
As I previously noted in this post, Allah at Link Mecca discovered that Osama's newly released audiotape contains a recommendation for William Blum's book Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower.Of course, as a loyal American, Blum was shocked and disgusted to have his work cited by the world's most evil living human - not. Newhouse News Service reports that Blum is pretty much delighted with the publicity for his book:
"I was amazed and amused," Blum said. "It's good publicity for the book."Blum explained that Osama had actually confused Rogue State with another in his anti-America collection: Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.
Here's Blum's Ward Churchill impression:
"He [Osama] sees anti-American terrorist attacks as under the category of retaliation," Blum said. "In previous tapes he's used that word -- retaliation. I don't like what they do, but it's understandable intellectually."And here's Osama quoting Blum:
Bin Laden quoted Blum as writing: "If I were president, I would stop the attacks against the United States. First I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all."Any writer possessed of even a rudimentary moral compass would be horrified to have his words on the lips of a mass murdering psycopath. Blum is overjoyed. Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto and Vince Aut Morire.
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at January 21, 2006 01:30 PM
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 21, 2006 07:10 PM
Posted by: Rusty at January 21, 2006 07:20 PM
Tim Behrend, Auckland NZ
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 01:17 AM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 01:44 AM
But beyond that, psychopathy is an illness or condition that, among other things, makes it difficult for the psycopath to feel or understand right. To me "the most evil living person" would have to know and understand good then choose evil. By definition a psychopath can't know good in the normal way, and therefore can't be "most evil". As for OBL himself, I don't believe by any stretch of the imagination that he is a psycopath. He's worse. He is an ideologue, he is fighting for a black-and-white truth in which he deeply believes, just as Bush is. Only OBL is doing it in a shoestring, boots-up way, without the trillions of dollars and millions of labourers that Bush has at his disposal. OBL has sponsored or inspired a few small attacks in a small number of places, not destroyed entire nations, transportation systems and industrial infrastructure as Bush has done. And he is not part of a corrupt political/business system that aspires to control the world and its markets. Unless one thinks American lives are more precious than non-American lives in some absolute (moral) sense, any argument for OBL's evil based on body counts would make an even more compelling argument against Bush.
Oh, and that was a revealing first step forward that you took by calling me "Timmy" rather than Tim (real name, not an alter ego based on children's cartoons). Bravo, Bluto. Impressive. It's the same way you approach other issues: call names and bloviate.
Tim Behrend, Auckland NZ
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 02:28 AM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 09:51 AM
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 10:33 AM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 10:54 AM
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 12:43 PM
Dr Timmy Notorious, Auckland NZ
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 06:17 PM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 07:48 PM
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 11:01 PM
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 11:17 PM
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 11:29 PM
Are you sure you have a doctorate? I'm not used to having to explain such simple concepts to readers. You might be happier reading a blog written a bit lower on the Gunning-Fog Index.
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 11:49 PM
And what about people in the rest of the world, say international affairs watchers in Argentina or Swaziland or Myanmar? Would your control of truth that might reflect negatively on the US extend to citizens of other countries publishing at home or on the internet? How about Iraq? Would you as an American support an independent Iraqi investigation of controversial incidents involving US citizens, even if those investigations revealed crimes and corruption in the military or government? Where would your control of information and opinion draw the line? And how long would your policy of abrogating the Constitution be in effect? Bush's "war" on terror is open ended; many pundits (real ones, not vanity bloggers and their daisy chain acolytes) anticipate 10-15 years before it can be resolved. Would you seek to control information for that entire period, throughout the entire world? If you want to make a Goebels comparison, you might need to look in the mirror - you repeat propaganda over and over, getting it from one corner of the echo chamber and posting it to another, often without really knowing what you are talking about. You also want to control and silence other voices, even calling them treasonous or criminal. And you encourage snarlers who ludicrously equate critical inquiry with mass murder.
I, on the other hand, think you should be free to have a site like this and express any opinions you want. Even mean spirited and ill-informed ones.
To paraphrase one of your popular American intellectuals, Goebbels is as Goebbels does.
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 23, 2006 12:29 AM
You uncritically accept every bad thing said about the US as gospel, and claim to stand for "truth"? You excuse the murders of innocent people (as long as they're Americans, anyway), and have the stones to call me "mean spirited"?
Thanks for exposing your true self, Timmy.
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 12:48 AM
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 23, 2006 01:10 AM
Posted by: Son Of The Godfather at January 23, 2006 03:53 AM
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 09:42 AM
Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 23, 2006 11:35 AM
Timmah, why would I want to restrict the right of folks like you to spout all manner of nonsense? How can the NSA identify and neutralize you if you're flying under the radar?
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 11:47 AM
What does that tell you, Timmah?
Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 11:55 AM
I'm going to sign off with this note. Enjoy your certitude and self satisfaction.
Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 23, 2006 02:38 PM
Posted by: jesusland joe at January 23, 2006 08:06 PM
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