To blithely justify unprovoked wars and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, as Tom Friedman did and does, is bad enough. To dismiss matters such as government-sponsored torture and lawless detention camps with nothing more than an acknowledgment in passing that perhaps they deserve a "thumbs-down" is almost as bad. That the same people who do that are then surprised and even offended that the rest of the world finds them repellent and dangerous -- that they actually expect that the world should view them as honorable moral arbiters -- is probably the most revealing aspect of all. The casual embrace of widespread, unparalleled aggression and violence by the Tom Friedmans of the world is exceeded only by their complete inability to see themselves for what they are.
These defenders of war and torture have no idea how much they sicken us. Their ugly, blood-soaked cheerleading for war from the safe confines of their cafes, restaurants and luxury apartments. Their in-you-face truimphantism while our bombs blew apart baby girls and teenage boys, pregnant moms and innocent dads. The threats; traitors, Bush Deranged, kill the liberals. The servile excuses for torture, kidnapping, signing statements, Fallujah, the Patriot Act. They turn our stomach and make us sick to death of their callousness and vain-glorious hunger for death and more death. Suck On This, Faster, Please, Kill Them All and Let God Sort Them Out. Mottoes to live by in this wretched time.
You war-lovers and power-seekers, brown-nosers and enablers: You make us sick. We're not pretending. We're not acting indignant because we love to feel aggrieved. That's your job. You disgust us and we will never, ever let you forget it as long as you live.