“In a parallel universe with lots of dead people, everyone would hate the same people I do, regardless of whether it makes sense.”

A few days ago, a commentator named Stu Bykofsky wrote in a newspaper column that “another 9/11 would help America.” The most immediately salient feature of the column, I thought, was its offensiveness, rather than whether it reflected a “liberal” or “conservative” point of view.

But in the meantime, the column has come to be celebrated by conservatives.

Republicans have been accusing commentators of “rooting for the terrorists” for years now, for treasonously pointing out that things in Iraq, in reality, are not going well.

But it’s not far from the truth to say that a significant number of conservatives are rooting for a terrorist attack on America.

The most charitable interpretation of Bykofsky’s column is that the murders of Americans produce the beneficial effect of unity. But what is it that we need to “wake up” to learn? Is there anyone, anywhere— or at least anywhere near anything resembling power— who doesn’t believe that terrorism poses a real threat? None of these wistful lamentations of lost unity describe, even with hyperbole, any failure to enact any particular policy. Congress has acquiesced to the escalation in Iraq and to warrantless wiretapping.

So why does Bykofsky yearn for more American deaths?

To shut down debate over whether our actions are effective.

He criticizes the “sideshow squabble” over “whether the surge is working” for no reason other than that conservatives are losing the debate. Their series of lies— that we would be greeted as liberators, that the war would be paid for with Iraqi oil, over in a matter of months, that the insurgency was in its last throes, that the capture of Saddam marked the beginning of the end of the chaos in Iraq, that really things are going well but the America-hating media just doesn’t want to talk about it— has been laid bare and rejected by the American public.

Conservatives also hate the debate over whether “we are “safer” now,” in Bykofsky’s phrase, for the same reason— we quite obviously are not safer with a seething Middle East and a chaotic Iraq allowing for daily attacks on American soldiers.

Bykofsky and his allies hate debates over what is happening in the actual real world. They simply want to feel justified in causing carnage and developing the trappings of a police state, without any discussion over whether it is producing any positive results for the US— much less for any unfortunate foreign targets of our arbitrary wrath.

There is much to criticize in this article, but the main point to take from it is that today’s American conservatives have nothing to offer but fear itself, and the easy enemies of identity politics.

The person who wrote this article and those who praise it crave unity— by which they mean an end to legitimate and accurate criticism— purchased with the blood of innocent Americans.

They have no concept, save for nationalism, of what it means to be American.

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