Sacred Fascist Fount – now on video (you asked for it, Mr. Miller)

(In response to more on Hitchens at Corey Robin’s joint:)

Hitchens was right about the war on terror, just wrong about who the real enemy was… Not “clash of civilizations,” but a defining moment of the clash or crisis within civilization – whether the final crisis of the American Neo-Empire or a premonition of it, still an epochal shift to be confronted with one’s whole being whether one likes it or not. The enthusiasm for war follows in the wake of a joyous casting off of the merely reasonable: The personal, national, and civilizational mid-life descents become indistinguishable from each other: Hitchens adopts and formally obtains an American citizenship in the same way that another man in his 50s might drop an old wife for a young one, or take up sky-diving, or both, and much more, while the head-shaking judgments of peers and progeny provide welcome opportunity to demonstrate how invigorating he finds rejecting their influence and opinions. Greater or anyway historically more significant minds than Hitch’s have succumbed to that temptation, and the assertion from any of us “I would never” is always premature -- and very likely self-falsifying. The turn to religion, or for some to an unskeptically absolute skepticism that amounts to the same thing, comes next, as night follows day (intimation of mortality, the starting point).


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  1. I would say he’s more like Hemingway, or the fictional equivalent, Rich Blaine, a man who had seen the enemy in Ethiopia, and in the Spanish Civil War.he had opposed the Gulf War, because of the realpolitik he saw in Baker and co, but he felt deeply for an agrieved people like the Kurds, which had barely survived the ravages of the Anfal. He saw rather clearly, the dark face of the Saud, his colleague Martin Amis similarly saw things clearly, One would think the fine ash and the stench of burning bodies and jet fuel would be enough to incur emnity, but I suppose not,
    Had it not been for one astute Customs agent, Gomez Menendez, the Capitol building would have become a charnel house,

  2. OT, the season finale of Homeland is coming up, from the clips, it appears the MacGuffin, turned out to be a piece of misdirection, Brody is moving to a decapitation strike, not unlike the one seen in that Fesperman book about Jordan,
    and Carrie may not be able to stop this simulacrum of a return to sender from a drone strike, the President is a fan of
    the show, interestingly enough.

  3. Gonna replace the video with a version where the volume is higher. Trying to develop a rough/don’t-get-mental facility with producing these, but I think the original’s a bit low…

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