Monday, October 08, 2007

Sledgehammer Irony

White House spokesperson Dana Perino:
Well, unfortunately, intimidation and force can chill peaceful demonstrations. And reports about very innocent people being thrown into detention, where they could be held for years without any representation or charges, is distressing; and we understand that some of the monasteries have been sealed. Now, obviously, this has, again, a chilling effect on protestors, but we would ask that everyone show restraint and allow those who want to express themselves to be able to do so in Burma.
Emphasis added. Can you imagine the scorn and derision statements like that inspire around the world? It inspires scorn and derision in me, and I like this country; it's been extremely good to me and my family. I can just hear the members of the Burmese junta laughing their asses off at us. It sickens me that Bush has managed to shrink the moral distance between my government and these repressive thugs so greatly.

Some have pointed to this incident and declared that "Irony is Dead." On the contrary, I think this statement by Perino shows that irony is doing quite well, thank you very much. It is a sense of shame that is dead, at least in this administration.

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