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Jason Holliston
Wednesday, May 25, 2005  
Hitchens on Galloway

I'm all about the British right now. I'm sitting here at lunch, reading a fantastic take-down of neo-communist MP George Galloway's visit to Washington D.C. by Christopher Hitchens, all while listening to Amused to Death by Roger Waters. British all (or in Hitchen's case, an ex-pat, but he still talks, writes, and acts like a Brit). I suggest you read his whole piece if you have the time -- it's an enlightening look into the history of the new leftist darling-of-the-day. (The album is a take or leave sort of thing: Waters is maxes out the cynic-meter on this one.)

Hitchens, in an aside, speaks of one thing I do envy of the British: their ability to debate.

In a small way--an exceedingly small way--this had the paradoxical effect of making me proud to be British. Parliament trains its sons in a hard school of debate and unscripted exchange, and so does the British Labour movement. You get your retaliation in first, you rise to a point of order, you heckle and you watch out for hecklers.

If you have the chance, someday, watch the British Parliament debate. It's fascinating, and makes me wish we in the States had a similar tradition.

12:23 PM 1 comments

Americans say funny things too:

Cheney sounds like that guy who was the Iraqi Information Minister

Actual Quote from Cheney today on CNN regarding prisoners in Guantanamo:

"They're very well treated down there. They're living in the tropics. They're well fed. They've got everything they could possibly want," Cheney said in a CNN interview. "There isn't any other nation in the world that would treat people who were determined to kill Americans the way we're treating these people."

Kind of hard to believe after this article:

US acknowledges torture at Guantanamo; in Iraq, Afghanistan – UN

I guess he got the last part right anyway. No other nation would get away with torture the way the US has.
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