But it's a pity these mainstream lunacies steal so much of the spotlight from indie comers like National Review's Michael Walsh, who today tells us:
Anyway, when you look at the course of revolution in the modern era, it’s always the same-old same-old:I was hoping next he'd go "Ferdinand Marcos -- Corazon Aquino -- NoyNoy Aquino." But then he'd have to explain how Aquino fils is a monster fit to stand with Lenin, Hitler and Khomeini. Instead Walsh gives us this:
- Czar Nicky -- Kerensky -- Lenin
- Kaiser Willie -- Weimar Republic -- Hitler
- Shah Pahlavi -- Mr. Bani Sadr -- Khomeini
Heck, we can even take it one step further:All hail the new king of the monsters! The thin end of the wedge: Putin sent his pal to take over the New York Nets*.
- Gorbachev — Yeltsin — Putin
The rebellions sweeping across North Africa and into Jordan may in fact be the stuff of the neocon/Bushian fantasy that all peoples everywhere yearn to be free and that the answer to “Islam is the answer” is Jacksonian democracy. But color me skeptical.Wow, things have sure changed at National Review since a Republican was President! Wonder why that is?
By the way, does the Obama administration’s use of that historically resonant catchphrase bother anyone besides me?I've broken with my usual style and implanted Walsh's links so you may see that he refers to the White House's admission of the protesters' "legitimate grievances," ties that to the use of the same phrase in a 2003 anti-Iraq-war article by Richard Falk at MERIP's Middle East Report (boy, is that a distant echo), and ends with a reference to -- Neville Chamberlain!
Pace Marx, maybe “farce” isn’t the right word.
We may infer from this that Obama is down with the leftists who treasonously noticed how bogus the "neocon/Bushian fantasy" was before Michael Walsh did, leading to appeasement, leading to Hitler (or maybe Putin, or maybe NoyNoy).
Maybe the guy's bucking for a TV show.
*UPDATE. A commenter asks: "New Jersey Nets?" That ship has sailed, though they may be called the Brooklyn Nets instead. The city fathers and their new commie friend saw to that! Maybe Walsh should add to his taxonomy of tyrants, "LaGuardia -- Giuliani -- Bloomberg."
UPDATE 2. Some commenters are enjoying the game: "Coke -- New Coke -- Coke Zero," "Legwarmers -- Hammer pants -- Jeggings," "Nixon - Kissinger - Pol Pot," etc.