Andrew Bolt’s latest pet topic appears to be the “new Cold War“. It’s another reminder of the simple world Bolt inhabits. There are good nations and bad nations. There are good people and bad people. There are good actions and bad actions. There is right and there is wrong. And there is nothing else.
The Boltheads get into the spirit of things as well. Bolt doesn’t need to mention “leftists” on this one – his mob can pick up the ball and run with it, all by themselves. Some of the finer examples:
Sadly, it appears our left wing whingeing apologists have found a spiritual homeland in Mother Russia.
One would have thought that, with the demise of the Soviet Union, the “useful idiots” who were the apologists for this dark chapter of human history would have vanished in the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, it looks like any excuse is enough for them to crawl out and nostalgically leap to the blind defense of Mother Russia.
I would like to know what has happened to the all the “Human Shields” that were so noisy in 2003 when The Coalition of the Willing Liberated Iraq!
Human Rights my a*se.
Their silence now shows that they are in fact just anti US and lovers of all things left.
Now, I happen to be a person who reads a number of left-leaning blogs from a number of different countries. Maybe I have missed something somewhere, but I can’t say that I have seen anyone attempt to defend Russia’s actions in this conflict. I have seen discussion of whether the actions and words of Georgia and the United States were the most appropriate foreign policy choices and whether different choices might have averted armed conflict. I have seen discussion of what is the most appropriate response to the recent crisis. But I have not seen anyone argue that Russia’s actions were just, right or good.
The reaction of Bolt and his followers is Manichaean and simplistic. Someone has to be in the right; someone else has to be in the wrong. If you suggest that, for instance, Georgia may have acted rashly by sending troops into an area occupied by Russian “peacekeepers”, you must be suggesting that Russia’s reaction was justified. If you suggest that the United States encouraged Georgia to believe that it would have material support from the West, you are saying that they were the sole cause of the conflict.
The world is a complicated place. Reducing it to simple dichotomies might make it seem more straightforward and easy to live with, but it diminishes our capacity to understand and address the issues facing us.