The intellectual decadence of Daniel Pipes
This past March 10 Daniel Pipes wrote on the subject of Libya:
[W]hat advice to give the Obama administration? Help the Libyan opposition with aid and escalate as needed.Pipes did not identify the risks of doing nothing. He did, however, identify the risks of helping the rebels, among which was this:
However repulsive [Kaddafi] may be, his (Islamist?) opponents could be yet more threatening to U.S. interests.So, despite his believing that the rebels could well be Islamists, which meant that helping them overturn Kaddafi would mean bringing an Islamist regime to power in Libya, Pipes said we should support them. I commented: “Daniel Pipes, the master logician of our age.”
And now, in the aftermath of Kaddafi’s fall, Pipes in an August 22 column continues his career as master logician:
Many are ready to party about the political demise of the hated, eccentric, and foul Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi as rebel troops move into Tripoli. I am not partying. Here’s why not.He fears that Western forces have brought the West’s worst enemies to power. Yet in March he supported bringing to power these same people who he feared are our worst enemies. So not only does he fear now—when it’s too late to avoid the insane and criminal error of helping them—that they are our enemies; he feared the same back in March, when he urged that we help them.
Pipes personifies the complete intellectual decadence of a culture in which writers, if they are “established,” are never held accountable for their statements and positions, and as a result feel free to indulge themselves in the most spectacular and irresponsible contradictions. Debate is dead. Discourse is dead. And only a society in which discourse is dead would have allowed the madness of the Libyan intervention.
Pipes wrote:Peter H. writes:
The man is a walking contradiction. In essence, “we must help the people who represent a great danger to us.” But when we do help them, as he suggested we do, and they gain power in their country, he’s not happy about it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 30, 2011 03:40 PM | Send