Thanks to our buddy Sean M. at The Brea Canyon Monument, we learned of a clip from “Larry King Live” featuring the impressive intellect of one Randi Rhodes. Frankly, dear reader, until we took a gander at this TV spot, we hadn’t heard of Randi Rhodes before. Or, perhaps, we thought she was the bass player in erstwhile pseudo-heavy metal sensation Quiet Riot.
But, no, it appears that Ms. Rhodes hosts a program on Air America, the deeply popular radio network with circa three listeners. Accordingly, the ever-tepid Larry King invited Ms. Rhodes to debate the Israel-Hezbollah conflict with right-wing radio host Neil Boortz.
To be sure, we found Ms. Rhodes awfully convincing–if by “awfully convincing” you mean “so stupid that you earnestly wonder about how she manages to tie her shoes in the morning.” Throughout the segment, the dunderheaded Ms. Rhodes offered a few useless platitudes, and blithely ignored all kinds of evidence to come to her inane conclusions.
Yet one of Ms. Rhodes’ “arguments” struck us as particularly intriguing. Toward the end of the segment, she countered Mr. Boortz’s call for Israeli self-defense by suggesting that any military response to terrorism serves only to create more terrorism. As such, she opined that terrorism is merely a law-enforcement issue.
This, we thought, was a rather staggering claim. After all, Bill Clinton largely conceived of terrorism as a “law-enforcement issue,” and this led to the escalation of terrorist acts against America during his presidency–culminating in 9/11. Perhaps Ms. Rhodes wants the US to hire better cops? We didn’t think that was a high priority for the self-proclaimed progressive community.
This, of course, does not exhaust the problems one can detect with Ms. Rhodes’ line of “reasoning.” For how does she propose Israel go about arresting the entire membership of Hezbollah, especially since they reside in other countries? How, for that matter, does she propose Israel go about arresting Sheik Nasrallah? Hezbollah is not only a terrorist outfit, but also part of the Lebanese government: How does law-enforcement deal with that?
Yet perhaps the most appallingly stupid conclusion to be drawn from Ms. Rhodes commentary is the idea that a military response to terrorism necessarily results in an increase of terrorism. To her, this suggests that Israelis should not defend themselves against a systematic campaign of rocket fire into their country, because this would mean more rocket fire down the line. Instead, one should merely call the cops–they’ll easily get to the bottom of the 200 missiles launched at your homeland each day.
This, dear reader, is either madness or the view of a woman who aims for the elimination of Western civilization. Her “killing Nazis only breeds more Nazis” line of argument is so foolish that no forthright person could take it seriously. If this is the kind of rationale bandied about by the Ned Lamont progressives, the Democratic Party has some major problems with its left wing.
(Note: The crack young staff normally “weblog” over at “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” where they are currently listening to Randi Rhodes’ cover of “Come On Feel the Noise.”)