February 04, 2003

"He's not used them"

Alistair Sims Cooke on appeasement -- of Hitler, that is. One thing the intellectuals are always saying is that "we have to learn from our past mistakes." I think that is what this present administration is trying to do: "Okay, let's pull the tyrant's fangs now instead of waiting for him to build up his arsenal and conquer all of the Middle East the way Hitler conquered Europe." What do the intellectuals say to that? Well, for the most part, it's been "Oh no! We didn't mean for us to learn that lesson!"

(Via Common Sense and Wonder.)

Update: I meant Alistair Cooke, not Sims. A slight short circuit to the brain. Thanks to the alert readers who contacted me about this.

Posted by Andrea Harris at February 4, 2003 12:49 PM

Do you mean Alistair Cooke who used to introduce "Masterpiece Theatre" and has long had a column titled "Letter from America", or Alistair Sim, who played Scrooge?

Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech at February 4, 2003 at 03:30 PM

Good to see Alistair Cooke is still around - the old gentleman must be pushing 100 by now!

Posted by: Joe at February 4, 2003 at 06:24 PM