Thursday, May 04, 2006

Can there be a Decent Decentism?

Wandering off the reservation in line with the general project of "if it's Decent, it's ontopic"[1], here's a not at all bad article by Brian Brivati on the Guardian blog. It is notable in the annals of Decency in that a) it at least argues the case why the normal UN process can't suffice any more and b) it doesn't leap to the solution that what we need is a bloody big war. I don't agree with it at all, but it is much more serious than a lot of the stuff we have been getting of late.

[1] For front page posts that is; the policy on random acts of self-expression in the comments box is a little stricter, sorry Benjamin.


Blogger Benjamin said...

Yes, it is a goodish Decent article.

Rather timid on the whole Sudanese govt/US link up. Just says vaguely that the Sudanese have been "selling intelligence." I believe Ken Silverstein of the LA Times did some digging on the CIA/Sudanese links and there are apparently close intelligence ties between the two governments - been ongoing despite the genocide described by the State dept.

5/05/2006 02:47:00 AM  
Anonymous belle le triste said...

A Decent Decentism: Dog-that-Didn't-Bark division

Plainly a shared Decentist tenet is an enthusiasm for Hitchens on the Rant; as plainly -- as Hitch lurches ever more often beyond his trademark robustness of attack into chaotic recklessness** -- his behaviour will be unsettling at least the more ethically fastidious among the Decents... but who in the Greater Decent Area will first speak up about this? When did normblog last dude-link him, and is this a significant silence? I know Hitch himself is watched elsewhere, but his status -- as the ur-Decent? -- surely has wider and more subtle implications...

**His current feud, with Juan Cole, will perhaps be instructive: are we witnessing a descent into full-on bad-judgement liability, or will Cole -- who can be a bit of a prat even when he's completely in the right -- blow it?

5/06/2006 10:18:00 AM  

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