Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

Realism Minus Reality, Idealism Minus Ideals

(Amir Shah/AP)
The Left’s foreign policy waxes stupid and mean

The Taliban throws acid in the faces of little girls for trying to learn to read. It also bombs grade schools with poison gas, crushes homosexuals, and executes dissidents of every conceivable definition. Medieval, hyper-religious, misogynistic, homophobic, iconoclastic (in the literal sense of destroyers of art), and just plain cruel, the Taliban represents nearly everything today’s progressive liberals claim to despise. If only the Taliban could somehow be counted as capitalistic evangelical Christians, they’d have a perfect score. Still: They throw acid in the eyes of little girls. That should make up for quite a bit of the shortfall.

And yet

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