The forwarded message is typical of the opinions of a certain section of
British society, which is, however, in a distinct minority according to most
surveys and my own (limited) experience over the last week. I think it
reflects both an anti-Americanism that is fashionable among the trendy
lefties and also a kind of soft-headed sentimentality that again is endemic
among such people. The general response is very supportive of the U.S.,
apprehensive of what might come (for good reasons!), but increasingly
reassured by the way the U.S. administration is playing it and determined to
see things through. The same is true in most parts of Europe IMO. Don't pay
too much attention to sappy intellectuals - they get a lot of coverage but
that's about it. This kind of "the Americans brought it on themselves" stuff
is also provoking a very hostile reaction.
----- Original Message -----
From: "J. R. Molloy" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2001 11:40 PM
Subject: Re: fw: the week from British eyes
> From: "Mike Lorrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Read it, considered it, and say "Bollocks". Sounds like someone with
> > many years experience in the trenches of left wing anti-US propaganda.
> > Repeat a lie often enough, and even its tellers will believe it.
> Good analysis of the propaganda, Mike, but underestimation of the immunity
> political BS that some of us (including you, evidently) have. Keep on
> debunking the political hacks.
> --- --- --- --- ---
> Useless hypotheses, etc.:
> consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
> analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics,
> uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment
> We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
> regressive force now operating in society.
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