Fat Steve's Blatherings

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Gack!  I'm defending Kerry!

      Trust me, this was not intentional, but truth is truth, and acknowledging it is a duty.

      The death toll in Iraq went over 1000 on Sunday last.  This led to idiots in the main stream media acting as if something especially significant had happened, as if #s 1-999 were OK, but #1000 makes things unacceptable.

      So, at a campaign stop, someone asked Sen. Kerry for a comment, and he said "Today marks a tragic milestone in the war in Iraq; more than 1,000 of America's sons and daughters have now given their lives on behalf of their country, on behalf of freedom, the war on terror."      Ask yourself: if W. had said it, would you accuse him of playing politics with casualties?

      Now, there's nothing false or wrong about that statement.  It is tragic, though it's a 'milestone' only because we count in base ten.  But several people have treated this mild, dignified, and appropriate comment as the 'Democrats trying to make political capital out of casualties.'  See the links at Instapundit.  And Prof. Reynolds himself quotes what looks to me like an possibly satirical e-mail as completely serious.

So, a lesson: just because you oppose someone politically, don't assume they're evil, stupid, or ignorant.  I can't imagine voting for Kerry in November, because I don't trust him to fight the war we're in properly.  But the quotation above doesn't make me any more anti-Kerry.  If anything, the opposite.


      Further note: Prof. Reynolds, once more attacking Leon Kass, links to this post, which claims Kass was strongly opposed to In Vitro Fertilization.  And what did Kass say: "'If anybody thinks that the controversies that were started by IVF have been settled and gone away,' he says, 'they should rethink.'"
      That's it.  Saying something remains controversial shows he "remains apprehensive."  Maybe Kass was apprehensive, but this doesn't prove anything.  And the rah-rah 'ESCs will save thousands of lives, and anyone who expresses doubt is anti-science' stance of Kass's opponents doesn't do anything to convince me either.  Instead, it arouses a suspicion that the reason we don't see any evidence that unrestricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research will cure fatal disease is because there isn't any.

S. A. M. B D!


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