October 22, 2003

#126: Note on Krugman and Mahathir...

P. Krugman

We were going to pass on Paul Krugman's disgusting column Listening to Mahathir (10/21/03). But there is one point we have not seen others make. If one paraphrases Krugman as follows:

"Mahathir is on our side in the war against terrorism. Don't worry about the anti-semitism stuff�that's just rhetoric; it's just for domestic consumption and part of a delicate balancing act."
Now if you substitute "Hitler" for "Mahathir" and "communism" for "terrorism" you have in essence the rationalization for rationalizing and appeasing the Nazis in the 1930s.

[The Truth Squad is a group of economists who have long marveled at the writings of Paul Krugman. The Squad Reports are synopses of their discussions. ]

[I noticed that Donald Sensing, in a post called Science and Islam has some interesting thoughts on some parts of Mahathir's speech that didn't get much notice here. --JW]

Posted by John Weidner at October 22, 2003 12:26 PM
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