Sunday, March 12, 2006

More Con Happiness

Via Digby, another example of those cons finding the silver lining. Rush Limbaugh's reaction to the kidnapping of four Christian Peacemaker Teams activists by Iraqi insurgents:
Well, here's why I like it. I like any time a bunch of leftist feel-good hand-wringers are shown reality.

I especially like Digby's deconstruction of a winger's defense of Rush, who says, "There is nothing hateful about enjoying the suffering of other people when that suffering is due to their own stupidity."

To which Digby says:
If it is true that this suffering and death serves as a sort of teachable moment, we should also "kind of like" the beheadings of the other civilians captured in Iraq and Pakistan. They are dead at the hands of the same people who are teaching those peace activists a lesson. And they too were told that it is dangerous to do what they did and they did it anyway ... One did it purely for money. Another lived there for years working for Lockheed. One did it to tell "a story." Another was there for decades doing humanitarian work. Should the lesson we take from their deaths be that they deserved what they got because they were too stupid to know that they might be killed?

The winger is partially right. It isn't necessarily hateful to laugh at suicidal stupidity. But Darwin Awards don't go to murder victims, because murder isn't funny. At least, not to a gloomy gus lib like me.

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