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  •  They're not Assad supporters, exactly. (4+ / 0-)

    They're more like people who've decided to be Assad's lawyer.

    Think about a defense attorney assigned to represent a (guilty as hell) mugger.  He's not pro-mugger; he probably despises the guy.

    But he's got this other set of principles that mean a lot to him - the rights of the accused, the duty of an attorney to zealously represent his client in a criminal case - and those values lead him to be completely biased in every statement he makes about the case.  It's not his job to strive to be as fair and honest as possible; it's his job to make the strongest case he can for his client - even when he doesn't actually support his client.

    What we've got here are people who have a passionate commitment to an anti-American-foreign-policy line, and who have decided to take on Assad as a "client" - not for his sake, but because arguing his case for him is useful for the political line they've decided to push.

    The problem is, people talking politics aren't supposed to act like somebody's lawyer.  They're supposed to strive for honesty and objectivity.  Instead, they strive to get people to believe things that may or may not be true or fair, based entirely on how politically useful it would be for the audience to believe those things.

    There is a very strong whiff of Levi Strauss lingering around a lot of so-called-anti-war, so-called-anti-imperialist people on the internet.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 12:11:06 PM PDT

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