Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Reading for today

I have been watching the show 24 this season. It is the first show that I have watched with regularity in a very long time(not counting sportcenter). And it is definetely a brilliant show. What shocked me was the unapologetic depiction of the radical Islamic people as the "bad guys". The show is pretty hard core and does not pull any punches. James Lileks talks about it in today's bleat which should not be missed.

Also while you are in a reading mood check out this brilliant column by Victor Davis Hanson:
What explains this automatic censure of the United States, Israel, and to a lesser extent the Anglo-democracies of the United Kingdom and Australia? Westernization, coupled with globalization, has created an affluent and leisured elite that now gravitates to universities, the media, bureaucracies, and world organizations, all places where wealth is not created, but analyzed, critiqued, and lavishly spent.

Thus we now expect that the New York Times, Harper's, Le Monde, U.N. functionaries who call us "stingy," French diplomats, American writers and actors will all (1) live a pretty privileged life; (2) in recompense "feel" pretty worried and guilty about it; (3) somehow connect their unease over their comfort with a pathology of the world's hyperpower, the United States; and (4) thus be willing to risk their elite status, power, or wealth by very brave acts such as writing anguished essays, giving pained interviews, issuing apologetic communiqués, braving the rails to Davos, and barking off-the-cuff furious remarks about their angst over themes (1) through (3) above. What a sad contrast they make with far better Iraqis dancing in the street to celebrate their voting.
Read the whole thing, and show it to a friend.