June 04, 2006

The Silence of the Lambs

If you visit the always useful to see how the blogosphere is responding to the arrests of 17 terrorists in Canada, you'll notice something: not a single left-of-center blog of note will discuss it.

Not yesterday afternoon.

Not last night.

Not this morning.

Ace of Spades noticed this phenomenon last night, and writes:

Not a word about it at has-been harridan Jane Hamsher's combination blog-slash-application for voluntary state psychiatric confinement.

The Daily Kos mentions it as a single item in an open thread about three other news stories, the other three fairly trivial.

Mostly Open Threads are opened. Later in the day, "Georgia" posts this:

Open Thread

by georgia10

Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 05:03:58 PM PDT

It's a slow news what's going on in your corner of the world?

Yes, very slow news day, Georgia. So what's going on? Well, in the state you either live in or share the name of, two Muslim extremists -- or, should I say, Terrorist-Americans -- are named as co-conspirators with the Toronto megabombers.

So, no big whoop. Go back to sleep.

Nada at former Democratic strategist (or something) Peter Daou's "The Grit" blog. He does have time to mention Haditha, of course.

Nothing at Atrios, despite a higher post-to-open-thread ratio today.

Nothing at Jesus' General... though he does think he's pretty funny for showing American kids at a gun range, with a caption saying "GOOD," and Palestinian kids parading with guns, with a caption saying "BAD." Apparently it is lost on him that the American kids shoot at targets, whereas the Palestinian kids (who are younger) shoot at human beings.

Oh, and blow themselves up in pizzarias.

Nothing on Andrew Sullivan. He talks about -- yes, wait for it! -- Haditha and the other alleged "massacres," and also about how much spiritual support disco-pop-synth band Pet Shop Boys have provided him.

Otherwise-- radio silence.


Or is it too dangerous to alienate readers by presenting discomfiting facts?

Why, one would almost imagine that a victory in the War on Terror is unwelcome news to them. It's almos as if it's... bad news for them or something.

One could almost venture to postulate, even, that their political and personal interests are precisely aligned with the terrorists'.


The Man That Liberals Hate Most lays on the snark:

Somehow, I have a feeling someone's civil rights were violated during all this “investigating” and “probing.” And if that's the case, well, then the terrorists will have already won.

Although to be sure, lots of buildings and public transit venues in a number of countries remain intact as a result—and thousands of innocent civilians were probably spared. Still, small consolation indeed if it turns out some “spy agency” somewhere plucked a conversation out of (cyber)space and used it to zero in on these guys.

Keep an eye on Glenn Greenwald's site for updates and analysis on how, during these overlapping probes, the Constitution was shredded.

Yes, the "true patriots" are silent as the grave on this subject. This "unpleasantness" reminds them we are at war, which tends to destroy the wall of illusion they've been laboring to build since 9/11/01 that we are isolated and safe.

I'm sure they'll snap back later today. They can't let reality intrude over fantasy for too long, you know.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 4, 2006 09:23 AM | TrackBack

Hi CY. Just picked up this little ditty at "Martini Republic"

June 3rd, 2006 Which border should we seal?

Now, if the Mounties just arrested seventeen “inspired by Al-Qaida” would-be terrorists in Toronto…

Those upstate New Yorkers better get in touch with their inner minutemen in a hurry.


Posted by: hogwild at June 4, 2006 01:49 PM

It'll appear in the festering swamps once they figure out how to blame it on W.

I'm not kidding.

Posted by: Peg C. at June 4, 2006 05:40 PM

Should we call these people cold-blooded terrorists yet, or should we wait until the full investigation and trial is over?

Someone might suggest that doing so could taint the investigation, although I think that kind of talk is bunk in most situations.

Posted by: Keram at June 4, 2006 05:47 PM

"Should we call these people cold-blooded terrorists yet"

Terrorist wannabes maybe. But since they were Canuk citizens, the term "criminal conspiritors" might be more appropriate.

That means they will actually be criminally charged, and publicly tried and punished for their actions.


Posted by: hogwild at June 4, 2006 07:05 PM

Glenn Greenwald's site had someone tangentially related to the Canadian arrests - but it was about how right wing sites were crowing that this shows the worthiness of US electronic eavesdropping.

Go figure.

Posted by: lawhawk at June 5, 2006 06:23 AM

Canada's version of DU ( has already started blaming Bush & Harper.

Posted by: Gary at June 5, 2006 10:10 AM

Looks like we're fencing off the wrong border. This is the second time the terrorists have come out of Canada (1999 New Years)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 5, 2006 06:34 PM