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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 07:52 PM
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Thomas Friedman, Sadist
just so we all know what a sick fuck mr friedman really is:

Thomas Friedman, Liberal Sadist?
by Norman Solomon

The acclaimed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has often voiced enthusiasm for violent destruction by the U.S. government. Hidden in plain sight, his glee about such carnage is worth pondering.

Many people view Friedman as notably articulate, while others find him overly glib, but there's no doubt that he is an influential commentator with inherently respectable views. When Friedman makes his case for a shift in foreign policy, the conventional media wisdom is that he's providing a sober assessment. Yet beneath his liberal exterior is a penchant for remedies that rely on massive Pentagon firepower.

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During the last decade of the 20th century, Friedman was a vehement advocate of -- in the words of a January 1998 column -- "bombing Iraq, over and over and over again." In early 1999, when he offered a pithy list of recommendations for Washington's policymakers, it included: "Blow up a different power station in Iraq every week, so no one knows when the lights will go off or who's in charge." Such disruptions of electricity would have deadly effects, from hospitals to homes where vulnerable civilians live. Evidently, Friedman could not let those considerations get in the way of his snappy prose.

But is it unfair to say that Friedman seems to get a charge out of urging systematic infliction of pain and death? Well, consider his fixation on four words in particular. During the spring of 1999, as the U.S.-led NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia went on, Friedman recycled his witticism "Give war a chance" from one column to another.

"Twelve days of surgical bombing was never going to turn Serbia around," he wrote in early April. "Let's see what 12 weeks of less than surgical bombing does. Give war a chance." (He used the same motto in a Fox News interview.) Another column included this gleeful taunt while vicariously threatening civilians in Yugoslavia with protracted terror: "Every week you ravage Kosovo is another decade we will set your country back by pulverizing you. You want 1950? We can do 1950. You want 1389? We can do 1389 too." As on so many other occasions, Friedman's pronouncements gave off more than a whiff of pleasure at the spectacle of other people's anguish.

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http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0727-35.htm

i left the 'liberal' off the title, coz friedman is no liberal, he's a blood thirsty hate monger.

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puddycat Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:24 PM
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1. I didn't realize Friedman was so pro-war. interesting article
scary though
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 11:51 AM
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2. sick bastard
please tell me he was never in the military
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:36 PM
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3. one of the most uninteresting men in the world
thoroughly distasteful.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:05 PM
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4. Holy sh*t, this guy could be the next Chomsky
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