Sunday, April 27, 2008

Well, Yes, There's That,...

"He is correct in insisting upon the moral and historical primacy of the battle against theocracy and terror. He is correct that the West possesses the moral advantage in this battle, and that the defense of Western conceptions of freedom and equality is not an exercise in ethnocentrism. He is correct that the skeptical discussion of religious ideas and practices must not be abrogated by the skinlessness of multiculturalism, or by its cunning. He is correct that opinions that seem not only spectacularly false, but also lethally false, do not have to be intellectually respected even if they have to be politically tolerated. He is correct that in Islamism the many doctrines of antimodernism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism are one doctrine. I have never before assented to so many of the principles of a book and found it so awful."

-- Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, in a scathing New York Times review of Martin Amis' new book, "The Second Plane", which Wieseltier assails because (of all things) Amis reveals himself to be - gasp! - both, "masculine" and an "artist", against this:

It got my attention,...

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