Tuesday, April 13, 2004

On the passions of war

A clever letter in today's New York Times:

David Brooks's April 10 column about the recent uprisings in Iraq exhorts us to "take a deep breath": "maybe it is time to pause, to let passions cool."

Here are some of the adjectives he uses to describe Moktada al-Sadr, the young radical Shiite cleric: "lowlife hoodlum," "ruthless," "putschist," "hotheaded murderer," "fascist thug," "vicious" and the "enemy of civilization."
Columnist, read thyself.

LEONARD MALKIN
Troy, Mich., April 10, 2004

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