"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Martin Comes Up Short

Tonight I watched an installment of the new Dennis Miller show on CNBC. The guest panelists, the so-called "Varsity Panel", were silly Martin Short, smarmy Naomi Wolf, and clear-headed David Horowitz. Now, I am a big fan of Marty's, but it pained me to hear him use the following analogy. In discussing the no-WMD-found-in-Iraq issue, he said--and I'm paraphrasing--"What would the U.S. say if Syria asserted there were WMD in Israel that threatened them, and on that basis invaded Israel, and then said they couldn't find any WMD. Wouldn't there be a hue and cry from the U.S.?

Marty, Marty, Marty. What a truly awful analogy.

Syria (the U.S. substitute in the example) is a Baathist dictatorship. It harbors terrorists that attack Israel. And it previously attacked Israel, not because the U.N. warned Israel of "serious consequences" for not complying with numerous resolutions, but because Syria wanted to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth. Furthermore, the idea that Syria could invade Israel is comical. Israel kicked the Syrians' asses once, and they would do it again.

Israel (the Iraq substitute in the example) is a liberal democracy. It is the only place in the Arab world where an Arab is free to vote and can be elected to an actual legislature. Furthermore, there's no question that Israel has WMD. The Mother of All WMD. The Bomb, baby. Israel does not threaten anyone except those who would destroy it.

So, Marty, stick to what you do best. Make your funny faces, and do your funny voices, and make us laugh--joyfully, not ruefully.