If you wonder why things are so bitter between the left and the right, you need look no farther than this statement from Max Sawicky:
“If you had your way, Saddam would still be in power.” Yes, if I had my way, Saddam would probably still be in power. And ten thousand American families would not be suffering. That’s an easy call.
When you disagree so completely about the way the world works and our role in it, arguments and disagreements are not a result of partisan politics- we simply disagree, and there is little that will gulf that chasm. Anything that happens in Iraq is going to upset one of us, and with such widely divergent viewpoints, it is near impossible to find a middle ground.
And no flaming of Max- he is one of the few members of the left who I believe has survived the last 5-6 years with his integrity intact- he just has a fundamentally different viewpoint on most issues than I do. While I think he is wrong, I respect his opinion and the fact that he rarely ventures into the absurd nastiness you see every day on Oliver Willis’s or Atrios’s sites.