October 20, 2002
Defending Dan Savage

By now, most have read Dan Savage's excoriation of the anti-war left, and his outlining of the reasons leftists should support the war. Another left-winger, David Ehrenstein, disagrees with Savage, and the response caught the attention of Mike Silverstein, over at Red Letter Day. Mike's rebuttal is required reading for today.

Two passages leap out as particularly relevant:

(on Pacifism) No dear, it's Politics. It is also Morality.
Pacifism is "morality" the same way stoning homosexuals to death is "morality."
Dropping bombs means killing peasants.
It also means winning a war.

It's worth your time.

posted on October 20, 2002 12:50 PM


I just read David E.'s piece. Notice how he takes large and convincing passages of Dan savages work, then responds with a short, glib, and irrelevent remark, and thinks that qualifies as a responce? I guess he thinks he's fisking Savage, but that would involve addressing his points and responding to them, rather then just printing Savage's words before his own.

posted by Sean Kirby on October 24, 2002 11:44 PM

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