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  •  That's not really an answer, though. (1+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence

    It's no accomplishment to point out that imperialism is based on double-dealing and oppression. The question is what anti-imperialism should be based on.  ANSWER's brand of anti-imperialism seems to be based on the view that anyone opposed by US imperialism must be admirable in some way, and that's so obviously not the case (in so many cases) that it ends up branding anti-imperialism as crackpot or as enabling rulers who clearly are repulsive.

    It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 07:27:48 PM PDT

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    •  Regardless of whether or not (2+ / 0-)
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      Euroliberal, RonV

      your simplified characterization of Answer is correct, anti-imperialists in the US that don't laud disgusting foreign heads of government are also rarely heard and labeled as crackpots.

      Chris Floyd offers a new mind-stretching puzzle for the black and white set:

      Oh my gosh! Apparently Iran is not a monolithic monster whose entire energies are united in destroy all that’s good and holy and can be sold at Wal-Mart.

      It looks like there are serious and deepening divisions in the ruling elite there, with the Ayatollah Khamenei slowly tightening the noose around the neck of President Ahmadinejad. How confusing this all is! For one thing, whom are we supposed to demonize in the usual cartoonish rendering of reality favored by our own noble leaders and our leading organs of information, where there must be, always, everywhere, “good guys” and “bad guys” to help or hinder?

      Ahmadinejad has been one of the more durable “new Hitlers” of our era, always good for a scary headline or a boost in military spending or a reason for continuing the war crime in Iraq. ...

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