Iggy the Idiot, Part II

Oy!  I just finish noting Ignatieff’s idiocy and find out he’s up to more of it!  What is wrong with this man?  Does he now have an idjit writing his opinion pieces?  Oh, wait!  Lack of logic and poor argument are standard fare for Iggy.

His clever wordplay doesn’t disguise a poor grasp of the facts. Reading Ignatieff’s feature articles in the New York Times Magazine over the past four years, one discovers that the pompous professor is a bad student who doesn’t actually learn from his own mistakes. In ‘Nation Building Lite’ (July 2002), Ignatieff calls for heavy-handed nation-building in Afghanistan: ‘The [Afghans] understand the difficult truth that their best hope of freedom lies in a temporary experience of imperial rule.’ And to work, ‘imperial power requires controlling the subject people’s sense of time, convincing them that they will be ruled forever.’

Today’s illogical screed furthers his aim for idiocy:

International law defines “apartheid” as a crime against humanity. Labelling Israel as an “apartheid” state is a deliberate attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish state itself.

Criticism of Israel is legitimate. Attempting to describe its very existence as a crime against humanity is not.

As my friend, skdadl, pointed out at BnR, this is not a logical argument.  The first two sentences set up a false relationship.  In the Apartheid days in South Africa, no one working in the anti-Apartheid movement denied the right of South Africa to exist.

Likewise now, with Israel.  No one is denying the right of Israel to exist.  But what folks are saying is that the treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli state is reprehensible and is an example of an Apartheid regime.

Take a look at the word, apartheid.  The Free Online Dictionary says it is, “An official policy of racial segregation.”  Israel has segregated Palestinians, that much is very clear.  And it’s done so systematically and with brute force.

And that, Mr. Ignatieff, is apartheid.

But hey, if you don’t believe me see what Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States of America, has to say.

Oh, and here are a few others on Iggy:

Anti-Ignatieff Primer
Ignatieff’s Public Hissy Fit
Ignatieff: Pop Intellectual
Bionic Liberal

Thanks to the BnR gang for motivation!

UPDATE:  Double oy!  Mister pogge’s nailed it! Sophistry, indeed!

UPDATE2:  Had to add Mentarch to the list.  Be sure to take the “once again” link!


In memory

In memory of a man far ahead of his time, John Winston Ono Lennon, who was murdered 28 years ago today and whose music continues to inspire.


with thanks to blevkog for the reminder.

Anniversary Peace Vigil

What: Special Anniversary Peace Vigil
Where: Scarth Street Mall, North End
When: Thursday May 8 at 12:00 noon
Who: Making Peace Vigil and all friends and supporters of peace
Why: Celebrating 50 years of the Peace Symbol and 53 weeks (and
counting!) of the Making Peace Vigil

On Thursday, May 8th, a group of Regina citizens will gather to
recognize two anniversaries important to the cause of peace: one global,
one local.

In the spring of 1958, English textile designer Gerald Holtom adapted
the semaphore symbols for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D,’ standing for ‘Nuclear
Disarmament,’ into a striking visual symbol that has since become
synonymous with the cause of peace worldwide.

On Thursday, May 8th, members of Regina’s Making Peace Vigil will mark
the 50th anniversary of the Peace Symbol on the Scarth Street Mall, with
balloons, music, singers, and a ‘Peace Cake’ decorated with the
well-known symbol.

The commemoration of the Peace Symbol’s golden anniversary coincides
with another important birthday: the one-year anniversary of the Making
Peace Vigil itself. Since May 3 2007, vigil participants have assembled
on the F. W. Hill Mall every Thursday at noon–rain or shine, hot or
cold–giving over part of their lunch hour to the cause of peace.

We encourage as many people as possible to joins us for these special
anniversaries. Please circulate this through your own networks.

Peace to all!