Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Kind One Drinks?

Hope I'm not stepping on the toes of the other contributing editors here, but this cannot go unremarked:

2) I paid too little attention to how the Iraqis would feel. Despite my core belief that I live in the best country in the entire world, I'm basically a cosmopolitan. I should have realized that the Iraqis would find it humiliating to be conquered by an outside power, even one that was (as we are) one of the best-meaning occupiers in human history.
This is the sort of thing one would expect from Britney Spears, for gawd's sake. "He's our president so we should respect him."

Can any resident of This Great Nation of Ours™ really look around & think: "We live in the bestest country in the whole wide world, ever?"

And then claim to be "cosmopolitan?" So "cosmopolitan" that nothing but the "well-meaning" desires of Americans are all that matter? No occupation can be well-meant.

Ms. McArdle, maybe the person who stole your bicycle a few mos. ago had the very best intentions, after you published those shots of your road rash, of protecting you from yourself, but you surely didn't interpret it that way did you? Why would the Iraqis be any different?

Basically a "cosmopolitan?" Basically an appletini, more like it.


Clever Pseudonym said...

Okay, I'm going to have to stop visiting this site for a while, because her stupidity and arrogance is actually starting to make me angry. Megan's cosmopolitan? The woman who thinks every single issue in the world can be reduced to one of HER personal anecdotes or experiences? You've got to be kidding me. You can't get any more provincial than that.

And no occupying force in the history of occupation has ever believed what they were doing was motivated by sinister intentions. Be it the belief that their culture was superior and could offer enlightenment or salvation through [insert diety here], to the British thinking there's no way anyone wouldn't want to live their way of life as an excuse for chasing an empire where the sun never set, or missionaries sincere concern that they were "saving" the souls of their converts, I can guaran-fucking-tee nearly all invasions or occupations were carried out by people who thought they were "well-meaning," no matter how wrong they may have been or continue to be.

And if she's so bloody cosmopoliton, why *didn't* she pay more attention to how the Iraquis would feel? "I'm cosmopolitan, but I live in the best country in the world and I don't give a shit what people who don't think and feel."

Uh-huh. The stupid. It burns! It burns!

NutellaonToast said...

No, Clever, don't leave! We'll be down to two readers.

Clever Pseudonym said...

I suppose I could try and soldier on, but Christ...this dumb broad's vapid meanderings are really starting to leave me pissed.

M. Bouffant said...

Clever, it's not as if you're actually reading her web log. Imagine the torture of that.

Clever Pseudonym said...

M. - I do subject myself to it ocassionally. I just cover my eyes and scroll past the Atlantic banner and pretend that she's still just some random blogger babbling to herself in some obscure corner of the internet, and not someone who gets paid for to spittle her ill-informed, badly written nonsense.

I salute you gentlemen for braving it yourselves.

Realist said...

one of the best-meaning occupiers in human history

Would that be like a rapist who wears a comdom so you don't get pregnant or catch the clap?