I too hope that the Glenn Greenwald-Andrew Sullivan fight goes on forever. Andrew is in this corner: "I do believe we are at war; and that killing those who wish to kill us before they can do so is not the equivalent of 'assassination.'" In the other corner: "Would Andrew be comfortable with a future Republican President–let's say, just to pick a random example… President Sarah Palin–having the power to order American citizens killed based solely on her unchecked accusation that they are somehow involved with or helping Al Qaeda Terrorists, while the targeted citizens have no recourse to any courts and she has no obligation to offer any evidence to justify the targeting?" Meanwhile! "An Internet video showing men in Pakistani military uniforms executing six young men in civilian clothes has heightened concerns about unlawful killings by Pakistani soldiers supported by the United States, American officials said." Never has the milquetoast newspaper phrase "heightened concerns" seemed more inadequate. Anyway, once we let gays in the military, we can carry forward this argument on killing with guns and executions, instead of blog posts! Thereby proving Malcolm Gladwell right-the Internet really is weaker than the sword/M-16.
Thursday, September 30th, 2010