A wise man once told me:
I've tried to put this tactfully before, Carlos. The fact is, there are *limits* to cynicism.I have my doubts. Via Matthew Yglesias comes this sparkling transcript of an open online chat with Newsweek's Baghdad bureau chief, Rod Nordland. Some excerpts:
London, England: Divide and rule is what the simpleton Americans use to control other weaker nations. What a pathetic, bullying, ruthless, cowardly lot you are! Rod Nordland: E tu madre. Grand Rapids, MI: If WMDs don't exist in Iraq, where are the destroyed ones? Rod Nordland: I think they're in Atlantis. Lenore, WV: I have a question. Why don't you liberals join the American side on this matter? Rod Nordland: I'm not a liberal, sorry. You must have me confused with someone else. Hellowell, ME: why does Bush care so much about what happens in Iraq when there are so many poor, sick, poverty-stricken people in the U.S.? Rod Nordland: Who said he cares? Irvine, CA: Newsweek has joined Ted Kennedy as the pro-insurgent party. Rod Nordland: Another reader who has comprehension problems on the primary-school level. Bucharest, Romania: Hi! Do you really think that democracy is the best thing for Iraq? I mean it's obviously the best thing for some countries (like the U.S.), but is it the best thing for others? Maybe democracy and voting just doesn't fit them, just as royalty for example wouldn't fit U.S. And is that what democracy is all about: who isn't like us is against us, therefore we should try to impose democracy everywhere (by force!)? Rod Nordland: We're going to invade Romania next, so just watch out.