It’s not quite media-related, but

  • It’s not quite media-related, but Salon’s Scott Rosenberg has on his blog a very cogent and concise deconstruction of right-wing, pro-Administration pundits’ tossing about of the term “appeasement” at those who express doubts about or outright oppose going to war, with “terrorists,” with Iraq, with the “Axis of Evile”:

    “An ‘appeasement’ policy depends on the notion of propitiation: There’s a threat, but you believe, somehow, that you can give your enemy what he wants and avert the threat…. If there were any true advocates of appeasement right now, you could identify them by their willingness to give in to some demand of our enemies. (The “war brigade” does not like to be pressed too hard to define exactly who our enemies are, which makes this a little problematic, but for the sake of argument let’s name al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, whom we can widely agree on.) Well, what are those demands? There are none. Which makes the whole ‘appeasement’ argument a big red herring.”

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