Norman P. on the Upper West Side
If I had known that Norman Podhoretz was going to be speaking Thursday evening at the Barnes & Noble at 82nd Street and Broadway I certainly would have attended, in order to pose to him the kind of real question he never gets asked and never answers. For example, I would have asked how he can go on supporting President Bush’s idea of spreading democracy in the Muslim world even after we’ve seen that it empowers jihadists. And I would have pointed out how he had evaded addressing the very point in his book, as I have explained here.
However, if I had known in advance how the event would turn out, as recounted by Peter Robinson at the Corner, I would not have gone. Podhoretz received a series of idiotic, hostile, insulting questions from Bush-hating leftists, until the evening dissolved into chaos.
And thus it ever is. Bush’s neocon supporters face only irrational, hate-filled opposition from the left, so they never have to deal with rational, critical questions from the left or the right. The left has made debate in America impossible.