Monday, May 20, 2002

Turning the Other Cheek to Terrorists

The New Republic's "Idiot Watch" takes a look at the tiff between British lefty columnist Robert Fisk and actor John Malkovich. Fisk often writes with self-assured anti-Americanism, which Malkovich took exception to in a recent lecture, saying he'd like to shoot Fisk (and Scottish Labour MP George Galloway). Fisk is extremely upset about this (obviously idle) threat, far more upset than with the severe beating he reportedly received from Afghan refugees while traveling in the area in December. He understands the terrible pressure those anti-Western Afghans were under ("If I was an Afghan I too might have attacked Robert Fisk"), but would like to see Malkovich officially barred from the UK for his inflammatory rhetoric.


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