Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Christopher Hitchens, no conservative by any stretch of the imagination (referring to Ronald Reagan as "a cruel and stupid lizard" and "dumb as a stump" in an obituary two weeks ago), unleashes a blistering critique of Michael Moore and his film "Fahrenheit 9/11" in the liberal Slate magazine today.

Hitchens absolutely levels one idiotic Moore claim after another, leaving the film in shambles for all but Moore's most slavish Hollywood supporters.

Amusingly, Moore ends his movie with a quote from George Orwell ("[p]erhaps vaguely aware that his movie so completely lacks gravitas..."). But as Hitchens points out, Orwell is the last person Moore wants to be quoting. For this is the same George Orwell who wrote in Notes on Nationalism:
The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States ...
You have to appreciate someone from the Left who is honest enough to expose the lies of one of the Left's beloved figures. As Hitchens sums it up, "Moore is having it three ways and asserting everything and nothing. Again—simply not serious."

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