Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cohen on camera

"If you say it is illegal to overthrow a genocidal tyrant, then you have to say that genocide is legal." That's the stunning piece of reasoning produced by Nick Cohen on YouTube. One has more sympathy with him when he's confronted by a 9/11-denialist nutter, but he still manages to come over as an oaf.


Blogger ejh said...

I don't recall anybody saying it was illegal to overthrow a genocidal dictator. I do however recall people saying that this might depend on who was doing the overthrowing and on what authority.

Incidentally, "so, are you saying...?" seems to me a common rhetorical trope in some quarters, and not a very respectable one.

2/13/2008 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think conspiracy theorists are somewhat deluded, but it's noticeable how Nick says "are you a Truther?" in a condescending way, as if trying to fit the guy into a convenient, preconceived category, and mentioning lizards and saying the guy was mad. All too easy, Nick, and your distortions regarding international law are flimsy to say the least.

2/13/2008 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Cohen on Camera at

odd flat performance from Nick

Interesting because HOPI bill Nick as "pro war" and seem to think his "cold war" suggestion is bad

Where many of the decents got in a real lather when STWC would not accept HOPI as members. It seems HOPI do not return the love to the Decents

2/13/2008 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is illegal to murder someone who has committed murder. Therefore murder is legal."

He's 'avin a laff. Isn't he?

2/15/2008 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Decent logic at its best. Modus tollendo cohens, anyone?

2/16/2008 08:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, this week's column allows me to claim final vindication for "the left's silence on China".

2/17/2008 03:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can add this 'China is not that nice' piece, along with his recent New Statesman letter saying that he wants a different Labour candidate from Ken to run for london mayor, to the 'things Nick should have written at least a year ago but they weren't featured on harry's place and in any case Nick was too busy arguing that Hollywood should demonise Muslims' pile.

2/17/2008 09:21:00 AM  

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