Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Fever swamp spreads! UC fires limerick big guns in response!

Yes, limericks vs. haiku elegies for Osama!

I'm simply astounded. Osama bin Laden was the founder and leader of Al Qaeda, and mastermind of the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the attack on the USS Cole, the 9/11 attacks, and much other murderous mayhem. So how is it that someone who is not a jihadist would be deeply disturbed that Osama bin Laden was finally killed? What kind of person is it whose first reaction to OBL finally getting his well-deserved demise is livid rage?

A Rockwellian, that's what kind. I'll document and comment on some of their vile craziness soon.

But the reaction of Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute is even more bizarre. In response to the news that bin Laden was finally brought to justice (yes, it is just to kill murderers, and I suppose I'll have to post on this later as well) Higgs wrote "Osama's Been Killed -- Ten Haiku", in which he laments the killing of bin Laden and appears to predict the destruction of the United States by Pakistan.

Needless to say, "we" at Unforeseen Contingencies couldn't let his pseudo-Japanese doggerel go unchallenged, and so we've let fly on in his comments section with a couple examples of our own pseudo-Irish efforts. Higgs is, as it turns out, a fellow-traveler and occasional "scholar" of Rockwell's inaptly-named Mises Institute, i.e. a bile-filled lunatic who confuses hatred for anything and everything done by the U.S. government with principled love of liberty.

Make that pretends to confuse; these scoundrels understand very well what they are doing.

I was and am completely opposed to the invasion of Iraq, I was skeptical of the invasion of Afghanistan (because I doubted that Bush would pull it off successfully and not turn it into a quagmire). I was and am completely opposed to the PATRIOT Act and all the rest of the homeland security authoritarianism.

And, of course, among the reasons I've opposed all these things is that they have little to do with the one proper response the state should have had to the 9/11 attacks -- the tracking down and elimination of Osama bin Laden. Well finally the federal government has done what it should have done many years ago, thank heavens! (Good work, USN and President Obama!)

The proper response to vicious criminals like bin Laden is anger, followed by relentlessly hunting them down and finishing them. Liberty and civilization depend on this. Higgs' handwringing laments and self-righteous indignation are immoral.

Of course, Charles. If we can just get the right people elected then everything will be done your way.

You're a fucking moron.
Dr. Steele, do you believe that the ends justifies the means as a rule or only in this particular case?
To Anonymous 1: could you (i) explain your point more clearly, and (ii)without obscenity? I've not said anything at all about electing anyone, and can't see how your comment has anything to do with anything I've said here or elsewhere.

To Anonymous 2: What makes you think I believe the end justifies the means? Regardless, I do believe that it is perfectly legitimate to hunt down murderers such as Osama bin Laden. What's so difficult to understand about that? I also do not see anything objectionable about the way bin Laden was caught and killed. If you do, say what it is, otherwise i'll have no idea what you're asking.

I'm simply astounded, though, that self-avowed "libertarians" could be upset about the death of Osama bin Laden. What's next, anarchists for Hitler?
Oops, almost forgot: use your real names, or if you're scared/ashamed, at least some unique identifier so I can keep you two straight.
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