the second time as tragedy …

Marx had the order wrong. The first time round it’s funny. Here is Bill O’Reilly, one of the most popular talk show hosts in the Murdoch empire, “on the radio(mp3 link)”:http://mediamatters.org/static/audio/oreilly-20040616.mp3 on Thursday this week.

bq.. Because look … when 2 percent of the population feels that you’re doing the m a favour, just forget it, you’re not going to win. You’re not going to win. And I don’t have any respect by and large for the Iraqi people at all. I have no respect for them. I think that they’re a prehistoric group that is — yeah, there’s excuses.

Sure, they’re terrorized, they’ve never known freedom, all of that. There’s excuses. I understand. But I don’t have to respect them because you know when you have Americans dying trying to you know institute some kind of democracy there, and 2 percent of the people appreciate it, you know, it’s time to — time to wise up.

And this teaches us a big lesson, that we cannot intervene in the Muslim world ever again. What we can do is bomb the living daylights out of them, just like we did in the Balkans. Just as we did in the Balkans. Bomb the living daylights out of them. But no more ground troops, no more hearts and minds, ain’t going to work.

[…]

They’re just people who are primitive.

p. And here is e.e. cummings, in 1944

bq.. ygUDuh

ydoan
yunnuhstan

ydoan o
yunnuhstand dem
yguduh ged

yunnuhstan dem doidee
yguduh ged riduh
ydoan o nudn

LISN bud LISN

dem
gud
am

lidl yelluh bas
tuds weer goin

duhSIVILEYEzum

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2 Responses to the second time as tragedy …

  1. Rupert says:

    Bill O’Reilly is a piece of work, isn’t he? You just can’t get that quality of venom from anyone whose glands are diluted with any form of real-world intake. Probably why Air America has failed to eat into the fabric… (ee cummings passes through like so many neutrinos).

    R

  2. el Patron says:

    have you spotted the lates Washington insider book, by “Anonymous”, which says that American policy in the Middle East has been such a failure that the only thing left is total war, “using the methods of Dresden”

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