Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, September 30, 2004
It's cucumber sandwiches at twenty paces on the Times's op-ed pages:
We in the West could help chip away at that oppression [of women], with health and literacy programs and by simply speaking out against it, just as we once stood up against slavery and totalitarianism.
according to Nicholas Kristof. But Stefan Beck is not impressed:
Health and literacy programs? Speaking out? If memory serves, slavery was ended by two little things we like to call the British Royal Navy and the Union Army. And totalitarianism in the 20th century was finished off by the Allies (and again, later, by a certain Mr. Reagan). And then the plight of women under the Taliban, which we scarcely noticed in the West, was put to an abrupt end by the blood, sweat, and tears of Coalition troops. (That's fence-sitting?) There's a pattern in there somewhere, but I think Kristof misses it.