This is why I read RealClearPolitics

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This is why I read RealClearPolitics.

The following are excerpts from an article by Thomas Sowell. The quote from T.S. Eliot is a pearler.

Compromise and tolerance are not the hallmarks of true believers. What they believe in goes to the heart of what they are. As far as true believers are concerned, you are either one of Us or one of Them.

Many crusades of the political left have been misunderstood by people who do not understand that these crusades are about establishing the identity and the superiority of the crusaders.

T.S. Eliot understood this more than half a century ago when he wrote: “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”

Ain’ t this the absolute truth in New Zealand, extremely so with the Greens and very apt for labour, in particular Helen Clark.

“Peace” movements are not judged by the empirical test of how often they actually produce peace or how often their disarmament tempts an aggressor into war. It is not an empirical question. It is an article of faith and a badge of identity.

Yasser Arafat was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace — not for actually producing peace but for being part of what was called “the peace process,” based on fashionable notions that were common bonds among members of what are called “peace movements.”

Meanwhile, nobody suggested awarding a Nobel Prize for peace to Ronald Reagan, just because he brought the nuclear dangers of a decades-long cold war to an end. He did it the opposite way from how members of “peace movements” thought it should be done.

Reagan beefed up the military and entered into an “arms race” that he knew would bankrupt the Soviet Union if they didn’t back off, even though arms races are anathema to members of “peace movements.” The fact that events proved him right was no excuse as far as members of “peace movements” were concerned. As far as they were concerned, he was not one of Us. He was one of Them.

This logic follows on to the Iraq situation. The left constantly bangs on about the “immoral” and “illegal” war in Iraq. One New Zealand blogger even has the temerity to claim that the work in Iraq and Afghanistan is “America’s imperial adventure in the Middle East”. Frankly these kinds of comments are absurd and so the facile-ness of the left. How on earth can giving people freedoms never before experienced, then leaving the country better than you found it be called imperialism. the greatest democracy in the world deserved better.

What would they rather have happened?….Saddam to stay in power, killing more and more Iraqi citizens, flouting umpteen more UN resolutions, just so Jacque, George G, and Kofi and his pals could milk more money from their scams.

Or the decisive removal of a dictator, the emancipation of an enslaved people. There are even bloggers voicing their differing opinions, multitudes of free press, even votes, referenda and results through a burgeoning Democracy.

The left will not readily accept the results that have been achieved, not until the result is blindingly obvious and then they will all climb aboard for some kudos and some “of course I knew you would succeed” platitudes.


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