The Kaine Campaign (he is running for Gov. in VA) then pulls their advertising from Steve Gilliard’s website. Gilliard goes apeshit, calling both the Kaine campaign and Robert George cowards, and having a general meltdown.
The Decision: TKO. Gilliard knocks himself out with a left hook.
The Main Event: Peter Daou v. BlackFive, LGF, and (perhaps) Michelle Malkin
Fight Synopsis: Daou surveys the blogosphere, does not like what he reads from the right regarding the ‘vigils’ over the 2000th casualty in Iraq, and pens a missive:
Last week Michelle Malkin and Little Green Footballs characterized candlelight vigils by the Quakers marking the milestone of 2000 military deaths in Iraq as “parties.”
I find this rash of posts suggesting that anti-war activists “celebrate” the deaths of American soldiers to be both tragic and telling.
Tragic, because it represents a descent into depraved, gutter-level slander as a form of argumentation, and it is a profoundly un-American approach to a most American of activities: dissent. Telling, because it means these bloggers have nothing left to justify the deaths of Americans in Iraq but desperate and transparent attacks on those who want our troops home…
Bottom line: If Malkin, LGF, and Blackfive think opponents of the Iraq war are “celebrating” the deaths of American troops, let them answer the basic paradox of their position, namely, how is it that wanting our troops NOT to die is worse than wanting them to remain in the line of fire?
BlackFive swings back:
Using the deaths of my friends as an excuse to spout socialistic and anarchistic drivel is not acceptable to me.
And you don’t believe that the left isn’t celebrating the deaths of my friends? Don’t believe it’s a celebration? Zombie has the proof. It’s disgusting and reprehensible. Did you know that they’re planning a large protest at Walter Reed where wounded vets are recovering? Is that acceptable to Peter?
Of course, I don’t want our troops to die. I’ve lost three very good friends in this war. I talk to my friend’s widow every week. I’ve had several friends wounded. And I’ve visited wounded heroes. I’ve met Iraqis, too.
They aren’t numbers to me. That’s why I blog. That’s why folks like Peter Daou and others on the far left side of the aisle don’t want me to have an opinion.
Some things are worth fighting for. A free Iraq is worth fighting for. A free Middle East is worth fighting for. A world free of terrorism is worth fighting for.
My friends believed that, too.
The people that are against a free Iraq are people that don’t believe that anything is worth fighting for.
Blackfive then tags Charles at LGF, who writes:
If Daou doesn’t like our description, perhaps he should ask these people why they look so happy as they carry pictures of dead soldiers: Celebrating the 2000th American Death in the Iraq War.
The Decision: None yet- Fight still in progress. Daou received a one point penalty for having the logical fallacy in his question, while Black Five is penalized for characterizing Daou’s opposition as ‘socialistic.’
This one could go a few rounds.