Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Iggy Politely Smacks Down His Critics

Courtesy of C-SPAN and care of Paper Dynamite Online, I present to you the truth: Michael Ignatieff Does Not Support Torture. It's been said many times in many ways, but in this C-SPAN interview about his book The Lesser Evil, Ignatieff gracefully and eloquently sets the record straight. It's a great interview, and he is certainly good at defending his point of view. It also has implications for his skills as a politician: not only is he good at defending his views, he is also good at defending himself against vile, ugly smears and attacks by the right-wing assholes (watch the interview, you'll see what I mean) who call in to attack him personally. Perhaps this can alleviate the concerns of the anti-Iggy crowd who have - either through ignorance or through malice - been spreading false rumours about his support for torture. I think you'll find that, in his own words, he is quite emphatically against it. Don't believe me? Watch the interview for yourself. He's not only against it, he takes heat from the right-wing about it. What more do we need?

Just a warning, it is about 45 minutes long.

(Posted at Centrerion)


At 3/28/2006 2:16 a.m., Blogger wilson61 said...

Give Iggy the royal Liberal crown if you must, but this guy seriuosly is creepy.

At 3/28/2006 9:38 a.m., Blogger Halden said...

It may clarify his stance on torture but it also clarifies that he does not consider himself but in fact American.

Several times throughout the interview he refers to himself and the American people are "we" and "us" as well as stating that it is his and "other Americans" opinion. Interesting...

At 3/28/2006 2:10 p.m., Blogger Paul Vincent said...

I consider this to be a strawman on Iggy's part. I don't know who was claiming that he supported torture. What I think most were saying is that he argues in favor of torture. He does regard it as an evil, but he does recognize that in some situations it may be the lesser of two evils.

What Canadians will be looking for from Ignatieff is him saying he will never allow torturing to occur in Canada or by Canadians. In America right now there is this silly debate about a "ticking time bomb" scenario where it is suddenly morally obligated to torture. Irregardless of what Ignatieff says however he will always be called upon on torture by the government if he does become Liberal Leader.

At 3/30/2006 9:26 p.m., Blogger Steve said...

First, no Ignatieff does not say its a lesser evil. That's wrong. He says it is not justified ever. You're absolutely wrong. The lesser evil he is talking about is violence at all ie. war.
And to the other about the US, what is this sad anti-Americanism? Its not oh he agrees with this specific policy we don't like, its ooh he's not one of us. That's sickening nationalism.


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