Monday, February 20, 2006

He's too kind

Keith Windschuttle weighs in on the Danish cartoon ruckus in "The perverse anti-Westernism of the cultural elite." Everyone's favorite "moral bankrupt and. . . scholarly charlatan," Ward Churchill, gets a nice mention.

Update: Christopher Hitchens is measured in his words (wait, I mean had several measures of Glenmoragnie) for a piece in Slate Tuesday:

The incredible thing about the ongoing Kristallnacht against Denmark (and in some places, against the embassies and citizens of any Scandinavian or even European Union nation) is that it has resulted in, not opprobrium for the religion that perpetrates and excuses it, but increased respectability! A small democratic country with an open society, a system of confessional pluralism, and a free press has been subjected to a fantastic, incredible, organized campaign of lies and hatred and violence, extending to one of the gravest imaginable breaches of international law and civility: the violation of diplomatic immunity. And nobody in authority can be found to state the obvious and the necessary—that we stand with the Danes against this defamation and blackmail and sabotage. Instead, all compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail, and who yell and scream for joy as the embassies of democracies are put to the torch in the capital cities of miserable, fly-blown dictatorships. Let's be sure we haven't hurt the vandals' feelings.

Absolute must-read. Hitch is so good you almost think he really can write this kind of stuff drunk. (via prolific commenter paco at Tim Blair's.)

Update: I spelled "Glenmoragnie" correctly without looking it up.

Update II: No I didn't. It's "GlenmoRANGIE." Wish I could say this is the most embarrassed I've ever been in my entire life, but it's not even close. Still, what a GlenMORONgie. Hah!

Update III: I've drunk a fair amount of Glenmorangie, of course (I've drunk a fair amount of Scope, too, so don't think I'm putting on airs), but I'd never heard of the "16 men of Tain" before. Very Middle-Earthish--if it's not an adman's fantasy, of course.

Update IV: Just so I don't get into Million Little Pieces territory, let me confess here that I've never actually drunk Scope, or, as the Drunkawife too readily points out, any other mouthwash. No Oprah for you!

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