Ed Driscoll

SPEAKING OF GODWIN'S LAW

U.S. News & World Report’s John Leo writes that the left has lost its moral bearings:

Everywhere you turn these days, someone on the left is denouncing President Bush as Hitler, Satan, a terrorist or a tyrannical emperor. A Yale law professor said Bush is “the most dangerous man on Earth.” A famous editor referred to Bush as “a lawn jockey” and “Pinocchio.”

Some of the angry rhetoric flirts with the fringe idea that the United States planned the terrorist attacks. A Purdue professor said “there is no ground to be certain” that America and Israel aren’t behind the 9/11 attacks. A Columbia law professor compared 9/11 to the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany — Bush is not responsible for 9/11, he said, but he exploited a national disaster to suspend civil liberties, just like Hitler. A Berkeley professor helpfully pointed out that some Indonesian groups think the U.S. planned the Bali bombing.

The rhetoric accurately reflects the current condition of much of the left — bitter, stymied, alienated, politically impotent, full of loathing for America and the West, and totally unable to address the crisis wrought by 9/11, except to imply (or say) that the U.S. deserved to be attacked.