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Friedman is an even bigger boob then Judith "I heart Chalibi" Miller. What is with the NYT?

The most charitable way I can think of Friedman is as a man who is so frustrated by the violence and unnecessary loss of life in the Middle East that he has decided that killing them all and letting God sort them out is the right way to go. I can't think of another way to explain his support for BushCo's War in Iraq. As for threatening Muslims with unreasonably harsh treatment in the West unless they get powerful clerics abroad and at home and abroad to denounce and rein in terror, I have no idea what he's thinking. It's like the terrorists telling us that we have to get BushCo to stop killing Arabs or they'll strike again - only we, with at least the facade of free elections in place, have a better chance at affecting US policy than the average Muslim on any street does.

I can't be as charitable, I'm afraid. Friedman is a fantasist (great qualification, that, for a Times foreign affairs correspondent) and a thug, which makes him spiritual kin to the neocons. Doug Feith with a Times portfolio. His only requirement for the world—small enough thing to ask of it, Friedman thinks—is that it never cease to vindicate him: his foresight, his intellectual and moral superiority. Sadly, the world has decided to go in a different direction—as, being real and not a fantasy, it inevitably has to—and Friedman has nothing to respond with but threats. Cowardly, stupid threats of others acting out Friedman's own rage, like the one on offer today.

I think this column pretty much completes Tom Friedman's post-9/11 moral collapse. Emblematic, really, of a good segment of the "liberal hawk" population.

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