If you come across Thomas Friedman in one of his public appearances (and he does lots of them, so you actually may) please do us both a favor and ask him a simple question: Could he explain -or excuse- his fervent support of the illegal invasion of Iraq, without referencing Al-Qaeda or Usama?
We spent our Tuesday evening listening to him deliver his â€œThe World Is Flatâ€ speech to explain and promote the book of the same name (I guess 54 consecutive weeks on the top ten best sellers list isnâ€™t enough.) Yet at the end, the very first question of the Q&A session was about his support of the war.
He went on for at least 10 or 12 minutes rambling about how dangerous he feels Al-Qaeda is and how Usama is a larger threat to â€œusâ€ than Communists or Nazis at some point were! Not a single mention of Saddam or anything of sort. Didnâ€™t somebody tell him yet that there was never a connection between the two? Or is he just skillfully using the emotional argument (or the fear factor) in explaining the big boogeyman in an attempt to divert the attention of his listeners/readers from the main topic? All his talk of â€œthose peopleâ€ and â€œArab worldâ€, etc. in my opinion is rather remarkably similar to the tone of the administration he often criticizes.
Friedman then went on about how he likes the Muslims of India, pointing that not a single Indian Muslim is currently in Guantanamo Bay, despite the country being home to the second largest number of Muslims in the world. With that argument, Ahmadinejad and company should also be welcomed to the camp of friends, since no Iranian Muslims are in Gitmo either.
As I wrote almost three years ago: â€œif you supported the immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq and canâ€™t publicly admit to your mistaken assessment, itâ€™s okay. At least somewhere in a secluded and solitary corner, where no one can hear or see or sense, please find a moment of candor with your soul and admit that you were had. Admit that you fell for the BS, although your heart was probably in the right place. You need to do it to move on, to forgive yourself for a blunder, a fable, a corrupted vision. It will do your character, essence and psyche a lot of good. Trust me, it will.â€
Thomas Friedmans of the world could use that advice to this day.
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