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Never give this guy an opening.

<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,592932,00.html" target="_blank">Ha ha ha to the pacifists</a>

Christopher Hitchens
Wednesday November 14, 2001
The Guardian


[quote]There was a time in my life when I did a fair bit of work for the tempestuous Lucretia Stewart, then editor of the American Express travel magazine, Departures. Together, we evolved a harmless satire of the slightly drivelling style employed by the journalists of tourism. "Land of Contrasts" was our shorthand for it. ("Jerusalem: an enthralling blend of old and new." "South Africa: a harmony in black and white." "Belfast, where ancient meets modern.") It was as you can see, no difficult task. I began to notice a few weeks ago that my enemies in the "peace" movement had decided to borrow from this tattered style book. The mantra, especially in the letters to this newspaper, was: "Afghanistan, where the world's richest country rains bombs on the world's poorest country."

Poor fools. They should never have tried to beat me at this game. What about, "Afghanistan, where the world's most open society confronts the world's most closed one"? "Where American women pilots kill the men who enslave women." "Where the world's most indiscriminate bombers are bombed by the world's most accurate ones." "Where the largest number of poor people applaud the bombing of their own regime." I could go on. (I think number four may need a little work.) But there are some suggested contrasts for the "doves" to paste into their scrapbook. Incidentally, when they look at their scrapbooks they will be able to re-read themselves saying things like, "The bombing of Kosovo is driving the Serbs into the arms of Milosevic."

If the silly policy of a Ramadan pause had been adopted, the citizens of Kabul would have still been under a regime of medieval cruelty, and their oppresssors would have been busily regrouping, not praying. Anyhow, what a damn-fool proposal to start with. I don't stop insulting the Christian coalition at Eastertime. Come Yom Kippur I tend to step up my scornful remarks about Zionism. Whatever happened to the robust secularism that used to help characterise the left? And why is it suddenly only the injured feelings of Muslims that count? A couple of years ago, the same people...<hr></blockquote>
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