Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good stuff - again - from Hitchens

I don't agree with Christopher Hitchens on everything. Or even most things. Hitchens is, after all, a man of the left and a proselytizing atheist.

But on the war between barbarism and civilization, Hitchens recognizes reality, as so many of his fellow travelers on the left adamantly refuse to do.
In my boyhood, there were signs on English buses that declared, in bold letters, "No Spitting." At a tender age, I was able to work out that most people don't need to be told this, while those who do feel a desire to expectorate on public transport will require more discouragement than a mere sign. But I'd be wasting my time pointing this out to our majestic and sleepless protectors, who now boldly propose to prevent airline passengers from getting out of their seats for the last hour of any flight. Abdulmutallab made his bid in the last hour of his flight, after all. Yes, that ought to do it. It's also incredibly, nay, almost diabolically clever of our guardians to let it be known what the precise time limit will be. Oh, and by the way, any passenger courageous or resourceful enough to stand up and fight back will also have broken the brave new law.
And the long tradition of excusing the guilty and punishing the innocent continues...

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