Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Spot was thinking of the other end

In a post this morning by Greg Sargent at The American Prospect entitled The Horse’s Mouth, Sargent refers to Rocketman’s perfect imitation of Ann Coulter. The uncle of one of the missing soldiers, abducted last week in an ambush in Iraq, and now confirmed dead, was on the Today show this morning and criticized the US government for its role in his nephew’s disappearance. Here’s a quote from Rocketman, via Sargent:
In a sick coda, Menchaca's uncle, Ken MacKenzie, appeared on the Today show and recited weirdly inapplicable Democratic Party talking points in relation to his own nephew's death...No shame.

It will be remembered that Coulter smeared the widows of 9/11. And the right-wing blogosphere smeared the father of Nicholas Berg when he was not gleeful over the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Sargent makes this point:
To the likes of Hinderaker, the pain of those who lost loved ones to this war only matters to the extent that the bereaved allow their grief to be used to prop up the war effort and Bush himself. If the bereaved relatives don't allow their grief to be used in this fashion, their sacrifice and loss no longer matter a whit -- they're not to be pitied or empathized with, but scorned and humiliated as brutally as possible. Despicable.

Sigmund Spot might wonder whether Rocketman’s complete lack of empathy is nature or nurture. A defective empathy gene perhaps? Or maybe it’s a Betty Davis mother or Lord of the Flies school chums.

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