Cohoes' silly rant in Dispatch ("How to End Terrorism," on 9/12) is a real piece of work.
For one thing, it exposes clearly how a wacky left-liberal ethos infects a large part of the virulent antiwar crowd -- not all, to be sure, but a few of the farther-out antiwar folks. No, he is in a class by himself.
Without questioning anyone's patriotism, some in that "Bush lied" mob are not really concerned with putting an end to terrorism. No, their main thrust is in bashing an America they seemingly hate, and for certain, its president. Why, the latter lathers them up, uniting them in a sort of coalition of contempt -- not only for our president, but also for all those around him. Their hatred is the seething variety, readily accepting lies if they fit their biases. In the end this putrid state of mind can only be self-consuming, self-defeating. Clearer heads, more charitable, would realize this. Oh well, we can always hope for maturity to set in.
His despair for his "Amerika" -- certainly not the nation I love, served militarily, and pay taxes to -- is dripping with spite. It oozes with juvenile wrath, nearly Holden Caufield in scope. One must feel sorry for the gentleman with such a huge chip on his shoulder; it must be a heavy, nearly unbearable load. His article, he might be surprised to learn, was really humorous at times. Examples:
-- Saddam had to go because he was a rival to the US of A in weapons of mass destruction. Now that was a real thigh-slapper. Talk about myopically missing the point by a country mile.
-- Same with his absurd allegation of his "Amerika" becoming a "police state." Whew! What paranoia is this? So do we sort of let the terrorists have free rein here? Sure, why not?
-- And tax cuts (hey, he failed to mention the class warfare mantra, "for the rich!") are designed, he claims, to "starve and bankrupt the treasury and promote privatization of the commonwealth." Wow! Gotta stop that "privatization" thing, you know? Just let Big Government take over, uber alles?
With the political, economic and religious freedoms we Americans cherish and enjoy, and their roots -- market capitalism, historically proven to be best system -- we should be thankful. Alternatives for the Mr. Cohoes?
Let's see now: With the fall of the Soviet Union, Albania gone, "Red" China tilting toward a market-driven economy (and that dastardly privatization), that leaves only Cuba as the ideal nation-state. Too bad it's so darn poor. Gosh, no one has any money! Nice beaches, though. Great shoving-off points for boats to Florida USA and our freedoms, our system of market capitalism. But hey, no terrorism threatens that sullen, dirt-poor island paradise. Dictator Castro has seen to that.
(Larson is a resident of Outing)
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