Monday, May 22, 2006


Jessie Macbeth

A phony who shouldn't be walking around free

In an interview posted at Socialist Alternative (video here) Jessie Macbeth, who claims to have been a Special Forces Ranger in Iraq, describes how he was encouraged to brutalize and intimidate the Iraqis and commit atrocities. But his story is full of holes. It seems Macbeth is a liar functioning as an enemy propagandist. He deserves to be imprisoned for a very long time.

But has he broken any laws? Wretchard comments:
In an earlier post I wrote that the defenses of civilization consisted not merely of arms, but of belief, culture, law and commerce. The hallmark of a functional civilization is that these things are bulwarks against barbarism -- and not portals for it -- by common consent. Belief, culture, law and commerce were once used by civilization as a wall against savagery; not as means of providing their escalade. But as author Philip Bobbitt, pointed out, the replacement of the nation state by the "market state" has loosened many of the ties which formerly bound together the peoples of traditional nations. In the modern multicultural state the cement of culture is no longer what it used to be. In that context, Riehl's question can be interpreted as asking: is there any sanction in Western belief, culture or law which prohibits Socialist Alternatives from trotting out deliberate lies? We already know that many on the Left would be opposed to deliberate lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction. But is there any corresponding prohibition against impersonating an Airborne Ranger in a broadcast? If none, then it's anything goes and barbarism is no longer strictly without, it is also within.

Bill C adds: The YouTube link is not working, if you want to see the videos go to

HotAir has a summary of this controversy.


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