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January 12, 2004

The true and the real. Ken MacLeod shows, here and here, how to negotiate the treacherous shoals of left sectarianism and emerge with something close to poetry. As you’d expect. [10:43 PM]
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Yehudit ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2004, 01:22 AM:

I don't know, Patrick. I've read some books you've edited, and the prose is 100 times more lucid than Ken's. I don't understand why you are impressed by this. And his only refutation of Geras' and the marxist.com folks' arguments seems to be that the war was conducted under false premises, in that (he thinks) we were told it was to liberate Iraq but was really about something else.

Well, many electrons have been spent over the past year linking to and explicating all the places where Bush & Co. clearly laid out the multiple reasons for invading Iraq, which included national security and deposing a very nasty dictator, among others. It is as tiresome to have to repeat this over and over as it is to continually refute the antisemitic canards of the Arab press. Not that Ken's revisionism is in that league - it isn't by many orders of magnitude - but the refusal to allow certain easily-researched facts to influence one's argument is.

So color me unimpressed.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2004, 01:46 AM:

<Willow>"Bored now."</Willow>

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2004, 02:24 AM:

Dammit Patrick! I just spayed iced tea out my nose all over my brand new iBook.

(Jordin and I were just discussing that line as promulgated by Evil Vampire Willow and Evil Witch Willow last night. Such Synchronicity. I wonder which Evil Willow it was you had in mind...)