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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 06:34 PM
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11. OK
Edited on Fri Nov-04-05 06:48 PM by bemildred
"<I happen to agree with Mr.Cockburn about leaving Iraq now, even though I like Mr. Cole's work. Mr. Cole is - being academic - cautious in his thinking, and some of us who have been out here in the looney blogosphere for a long time take a much more radical view of things than he seems to be ready for.>

In math, it is not good enough just to say that x**2 + y**2 = z**2, you are supposed to provide a correct proof of this fact. The problem is, Dr.Cole knows how to make and prove historical statements, but Cockburn could not care less."


True.

"<Mr. Cockburn has a long history of savaging people who are insufficiently revolutionary for his taste, he has a competitive streak.>

I don't need Chairman Mao to tell me the right way in the stormy sea, I am interested in the meaningful discussion of certain concrete issues."


And I wish you all the luck in the World in that.

<Sometimes he reminds me of the savage old battles among the various sects of the Communist faithful. A fundy is a fundy as I like to say.>

Yepp. However, Communist catfights are just one of many examples of pointless discussions.


Indeed. You can observe many of them right here.

"<He is nevertheless a useful fellow who articulates important ideas that otherwise get little exposure.>

All I am talking about is a very concrete limited issue: Cockburn vs Cole on the withdrawal from Iraq, that's it."


Well then, I agree with Cockburn about Iraq, in the sense that I think it is folly to think that we can "fix" Iraq through military means, but I dislike his treatment of Cole intensely, and likewise his inflammatory rhetoric.

Edit: and what I was saying in the previous post was that it seems to me that Cockburn is prone to go off the deep end, rhetorically, in this way.
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