I can see that you are fixed in your belief that Oriana is not worthy of respect for her style of expression of support for freedom. She does recognize this state of affairs as a clash between civilizations. I wonder if you have read her excellent piece written just after 9/11. She was in NYC during the event.
It doesn't matter. I have no quarrel with your point of view in the end.
posted on 03/16/2003 12:39:47 AM PST
I read "The Rage and the Fury", the shorter version that is available on the web, not the longer printed version. Is that what you're refering to?
Like I said, I agree with her on many things, but I ultimately I don't see her as a fellow traveler. I think she and I just happen to be on the same bus at the same time, so for the time being she is an "ally" of sorts, but in the long run she isn't getting off at the same stop.
I'll give you an exmaple, let's say there is this person who's only interest in tax cuts is a selfish want to pay lower taxes, but doesn't have anything against high taxes in principle. That person may work with you for a while to reduce taxation, but that person can be bought, by some politician who offers to lower taxes for that bracket and "sock it to the rich" at the same time. You take the help those people give you when you can get it, but always keep in mind that in the end you can't count on such people.
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