Monday, May 01, 2006

What's In A Name (Here We Go Again)

Sorry to blog something behind the Times Select firewall, but I couldn't pass up this bit from Nicholas Kristoff:

Bill O'Reilly has accused me of being "a left-wing ideologue." And now Al-Jazeera's website carries an article about Darfur saying that I'm actually "a right-wing columnist":

"The New York Times, whose right-wing columnist Nicholas D. Kristof just won a Pulitzer prize for demanding U.S. intervention in Darfur, supplies the liberal cover for imperialist troop deployment.

"Two Zionist groups, the American Jewish World Service and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, have taken a very active role in building a national rally set for April 30 whose main demand is direct U.S. intervention in Darfur to “stop the genocide.” The AJWS is pushing to replace the African Union soldiers in Darfur with 20,000 UN or NATO troops."

This is all getting so, well, confusing. Where is the modern-day Carl von Linne of Political Taxonomy who can move us past all of this crap? I mean, as high comedy the whole exercise has its moments--but as a way of resolving vast issues it's nothing if not tragically shortsighted.

Sometimes it seems just so much Theatre of the Absurd, with me, a hopelessly deluded Candide, stumbling around in the dark, looking for an exit.

Ah, well, so it goes.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”--Francis Bacon, Sr.