Archive for September 12th, 2007

Choice Words

Martin Amis has been having one of his turns.

After being asked to write by The Times to something about 9/11, he has spent six paragraphs on naming the thing, and concludes, in a Gustave Le Bon stylee, that it’s down to the herd instinct. Then, the more the world is changing, the more he stays the same, as he reels in horror at the ‘liberal relativist’ on Question Time:

Accordingly, given the choice between George Bush and Osama bin Laden, the liberal relativist, it seems, is obliged to plump for the Saudi, thus becoming the appeaser of an armed doctrine with the following tenets: it is racist, misogynist, homophobic, totalitarian, inquisitional, imperialist, and genocidal.

Who might give us the choice between George Bush and Osama Bin Laden? And when, and under what circumstances, might we have to choose? And why?

And if we have to choose, is it a choice at all? I sense that this is a bit like the police saying that you have been given the choice between getting locked up for possession of heroin or getting locked up for possession of crack cocaine. The possibility that one might prefer not to choose does not come into it.  Indeed, the idea of that possibility appears to drive many to the point of madness.

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