Sunday, May 01, 2011

The liberal defense of murder

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole -- who I interviewed for public radio back when U.S. presidents unilaterally starting wars was still considered a bad thing -- reacts to reports that NATO bombs may have killed Muammar Qaddafi's youngest son and three of his grandchildren:
"If you hang around in a charnel house, you could end up being cremated."

Update: More high-minded, sophisticated commentary from Juan Cole.

(Headline borrowed from Richard Seymour)


  1. Professor Cole has stumbled badly of late. I no longer can regard him as an unbiased observer. Pity.
    He'll be missed.
    Robert Magill
    Sarasota, FL

  2. A short, sweet definition of liberal: a good German, but one who is smugly sure of his own enlightenment.

  3. Cole has edited out that line.

  4. jcapan5:52 PM

    Some serious partisan contortionism ain't it. And though he edited it out, he seems unapologetic about the sentiment.