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: Bluto at 01:05 PM


1 Just more confirmation that the Left and Al Qaida are on the same page.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at January 21, 2006 01:30 PM

2 How much evidence does our idiot-led government need to start prosecuting people for treason?

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 21, 2006 07:10 PM

3 I came here for portraits of whores. Where are the pictures man? The pictures!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rusty at January 21, 2006 07:20 PM

4 By what logic does writing about historical and political explanations for Islamist anger against the US amount to "treason", as the aptly named Improbulus Maximus fulminates? The logic of hate mongering, of course; the logic of dehumanisation. The same logic leads Bluto to lable OBL both the most evil living human and a psychopath.

Tim Behrend, Auckland NZ

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 01:17 AM

5 I guess you're right, Timmy. What was I thinking? Of course people who murder thousands of innocents and behead folks because they're "infidels" can't possibly be "evil" or "psycopathic".


Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 01:44 AM

6 George Bush is described as evil by many around the world, and it isn't difficult to construct an argument that he is, if that definition rests on being responsible for the "murder of thousands of innocents". In Mr Bush's case, many more thousands than OBL. It is, in fact, this perception of Bush's perfidy (and his leadership of the perceived US war against Islam) that makes jihadists so easy to recruit in many places, from the US to Indonesia. I understand your feeling that OBL is evil, but it means as much as the crowds in Tehran shouting "marg bar amrika". It's a passionate feeling, a prejudicial statement, a political act, not a "fact".

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

7 Timmy, you're an idiot.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 09:51 AM

8 Tim, you need to be killed for stupidity alone, but your willingness to apologize for terrorists is just the icing on the cake.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 10:33 AM

9 For those who don't recognize Dr. Timmy's name, he is an American ex-patriate living in New Zealand, notorious for denying the involvement of al Qaeda in the Bali bombings. Dr. Timmy flirts with the notion that al Qaeda is a Rovian plot.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 10:54 AM

10 Regardless of his nationality or identity, he is an enemy sympathizer and supporter, and doesn't deserve to live another day. We can't support killing terrorists without also supporting killing their supporters.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 12:43 PM

11 Bluto and IM, what is it about Blum's writing that makes you lable him a traitor? Try and answer without name calling. Just one or two specifics would be enough.

Dr Timmy Notorious, Auckland NZ

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 06:17 PM

12 I believe I labeled Blum a "whore". However, I was being polite, and IM is probably closer to the mark.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 22, 2006 07:48 PM

13 Being an apologist, like you for example, is good enough for me. In for a penny, in for a pound, as it were. To me, you are no better or worse than Osama himself. No, I take that back. At least he is honest in that he is an open and declared enemy, though he may be a cowardly murderer. You, on the other hand, are a snivelling piece of shit content with being his waterboy.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 22, 2006 11:01 PM

14 A media whore because he answered questions put to him by reporters? Because he rightly observed that the publicity surrounding the OBL "recommendation" will probably mean more book sales? A "whore" sells something that shouldn't be sold and in the process demeans herself. I don't see what Blum has sold that shouldn't have been sold, nor how he has demeaned himself either through his writing or his responses to journalists. So when you call him a media whore, what exactly do you mean?

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 11:17 PM

15 Imp.Maximus, an apologist engages in justifiying a particular position, for example, the way that you seem to justify anything done by Bush in his so-called war on terror. I thought I was making the point that Bush and OBL are both "evil" using the bodycount definition that Bluto suggested. OBL, evil criminal. Bush, evil criminal. Both should be dealt with as the criminals they are; since both are so passionate for dealing death, it would be appropriate for both to face state execution. Not sure where the apologetics are hidden in that formula. Can you help me? (Extra points if you can do it without the puerility of scatological ad hominem taunts.)

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 22, 2006 11:29 PM

16 Timmy, when somebody like Blum, or yourself, provides useful propaganda to the enemy, he performs the function of Josef Goebbels (though Goebbels, at least, worked for his own side).

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

17 If I understand what you are saying, Bluto, if someone like OBL takes the "truth" (let's say something with solid facts, like human rights crimes by US military and CIA personnel at occupied Abu Ghraib, occupied Guantanamo, occupied Baghram), then uses that truth for purposes of political propaganda, your contention is that the truth-talker is complicit with OBL? Is an enemy of the Constitution and People of America? Would you say that is an accurate expression of your position?

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

18 Oooh, Dr. Timmy didn't like the Gunning-Fog crack, did he? Tough. Deal with it.

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

19 I have no idea what Gunning-Fog refers to, Bluto, though I'm sure you meant it as an insult. Now, did I accurately represent your position in the previous post? If not, please comment.

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 23, 2006 01:10 AM

20 I have to take exception with all posters labeleing Mr. Behrend as an "idiot". He is quite well spoken in his equivocation propaganda, and therefore, "asshole" is more correct.

Posted by: Son Of The Godfather at January 23, 2006 03:53 AM

21 "Useful idiot" puts Timmy in historical perspective.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 09:42 AM

22 You're correct SoTG, thanks for the correction. He is, indeed, a world class asshole, and definitely a useful idiot. He probably even thinks that they'll behead him last. Heh.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at January 23, 2006 11:35 AM

23 Timmah, the Gunning-Fog Index is used to gauge the level of writing in literature for adults who are semi-literate.

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

24 One more question, Timmah. Do you find it ironic that while you preen and preach about freedom of speech, you are able to do so openly, being a member in good standing of the academic liberal orthodoxy, while the creator of this blog, Dr. Rusty Shackleford, must remain anonymous because of the certainty of retaliation from the faculty and administration where he teaches?

What does that tell you, Timmah?

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at January 23, 2006 11:55 AM

25 If it's true, it tells me there's something wrong at his university. America is full of zealots and witch hunters and close-minded bigots. Not all are conservatives, and the academy is rife with them.

I'm going to sign off with this note. Enjoy your certitude and self satisfaction.

wassalam, tim

Posted by: Tim Behrend at January 23, 2006 02:38 PM

26 I think Timmy has converted to Islam, so maybe he is a honest whore. Is there such a thing as a honest whore? I'll leave that one for Timmy to answer.

Posted by: jesusland joe at January 23, 2006 08:06 PM

27 TIM: You are behind on your NAMBLA dues.

Posted by: greyrooster at January 25, 2006 07:45 PM

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