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December 19, 2003
We? We??

Strange women lying in ponds may be no basis for a system of government, but Strange Women Lying In Ponds is a great basis for blogging. Brant takes on the inimitable (we hope) Robert Fisk, in his strangest column on the war to date:

We have captured Saddam. We have destroyed the beast. The nightmare years are over. If only we could have got rid of this man 15 years ago -- 20 years ago -- how warm would be our welcome in Iraq today. But we didn't.

In large part, Fisk can thank himself for that. 15 years ago, would Fisk have supported American military action against Saddam? If you have read his dispatches on this war, writing constantly about the supposed military setbacks the Coalition kept suffering in that three-week sacking of Iraq, how the bombs kept killing children in the streets of Baghdad (without even considering the probability that the explosions were caused by the unfortunate tendency of anti-aircraft artillery to go down after being shot upwards and missing), then you should be laughing yourself silly over the very idea. 13 years ago we wanted him removed, but because we operated under a UN mandate, all we could do was push him out of Kuwait.

Brant has even more to add to this ludicrous column:

Perhaps Fisk's problem is that he is a man without courage. Only a coward could relate all of the horrors that he obviously "knew" about when he was glad-handing with Saddam, yet at the same time so shamelessly shirk his responsibilities as a member of Western liberal (in the more traditional sense of the word) civilization.

Robert Fisk belonged in that hole with Saddam.

To which I add: what good is a reporter who "knows" about genocide but instead chooses to report the failings of those who opposed it? If we ever get around to awarding a Walter Duranty Prize for Most Lethal Dupe, Robert Fisk should be a charter member of the organization.

Read all of Brant's excellent post.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 19, 2003 12:48 PM

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