Friday, July 08, 2005
They Do What They Do, Because They Do What They Do
It was bad enough listening to the reports of the bombings themselves. That pain was aggravated by the politicization of the events. From the Idiot Right were the numbskulls arguing over Shock Radio that the bombings somehow justified the war in Iraq. From the Idiot Left came Janeane Garfolo's shriekings over Air America that somehow these bombings could be traced back to the Bush administration's supposed countenance of terrorism.
Pathetic, really. Whatever one thinks of Bush (and I hold him in very low esteem) the London bombers are monsters who are fully responsible for their butchery. Period.
No matter what our government and its allies are doing, al-Qaida does what it does because that's what it does. Dogs go woof woof, cows go moo, al-Qaida blows people up because it blows people up. It's like Manson: "Death is Charlie's trip, man."
And of course it's not only on the radio where these arguments are happening, which is why I'm taking it personally. It's among people I know who repeat memes and themes rather than think.
If the last four years have taught me anything, it's this: Stop taking advantage of a tragedy to push your own hairbrained agenda--or getting your non-questioning puppets to do it for you.
Meanwhile, the London office of the multi-national corporation for which I work is keeping us posted on goings-on there. Londoners unfortunately have a leg up on us New Yorkers as far as having to deal with terrorist bombings and The Blitz. I thought about them a lot on 9/11, as I went around singing, "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..." Which is the song over the end credits of Dr. Strangelove.
Also, says Adam, one of the triumphs of the Byrds 1st LP "Mr. Tambourine Man."