Archive for May 23rd, 2007

Party like it’s 1938

Via Arts and Letters Daily, I read this article by Norman Podhoretz in Commentary from beginning to end, lord help me.

It calls for the vigorous bombing of Iran, with a side order of reductio ad hitlerum. As I read it, I thought, Jesus Christ, not another 1938-all-over-again piece, you would think these war-hungry lunatics would come up with a novel variation for once, if only to stretch the imagination of their readership, whom they assume to know nothing about history beyond the facts that the Nazis were bad, appeasement is bad, and most important, we are the good guys. But perhaps repitition is part of the exercise. Then, I get to the end, and I see that

The present essay, in somewhat different form, was delivered as an address at a conference, “Is It 1938 Again?”

Somewhat different my hole.

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