August 28, 2002
Where Has 'Hesiod' Been?

In today's Counterspin (10:10 AM), the one who calls himself 'Hesiod' writes:

THE CASE FOR INVADING IRAN?: The Washington Post reports this morning, that Iran is harboring Al Qaeda fugitives, including some Bin Laden deputies. Given that Iran is also hostile to the United States [at least the hardline mullahs running the country] and are actively developing a nuclear weapons program, why aren't we talking about "regime change" in Iran? Lord knows the population of Iran would welcome it.

[Map of Iran omitted here.]

Note to the Chickenhawks: Iran also has Persian Gulf ports, Oil, and strategic borders with, among others, Iraq.

'Hesiod' seems to have forgotten that Iran was one of the three original members of the 'Axis of Evil'. He also fails to notice that quite a few bloggers have commented on this very subject. Though not one of the more prolific 'warbloggers', I've done so at least three times: March 25th, March 27th, and June 19th. The general consensus of the 'warbloggers' seems to be that the Iranian regime is near collapse, that that is a very good thing, that American military intervention would probably be counterproductive, and that the people of Iran are perfectly capable of overthrowing their evil masters without any help, and show every sign of planning to do so in the near future. As with Iraq, many of us are getting impatient, and think that the U.S. government could be doing a great deal more to encourage regime change sooner rather than later. PejmanPundit writes about Iran quite often, and Glenn "Mac" Frazier is something of an Iran specialist.

All in all, it looks like our 'Hesiod' was inspired by the immortal Muses who taught the original Hesiod. Here is what they told Proto-Hesiod 2700 years ago -- or at least what he said they told him:

"Shepherds of the wilderness, wretched things of shame, mere bellies, we know how to speak many false things as though they were true; but we know, when we will, to utter true things."

Our deutero-Hesiod might want to work a little harder on the second option.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at August 28, 2002 10:04 PM

Some fascinating things can be learned by comparing the subject matter and timing of Hesiod's silly posts to other blogs and sources - Hesiod should be embarrassed by his sources of inspiration.

Posted by: Robin Roberts on August 29, 2002 12:06 AM

Please elaborate!

Posted by: Robert Crawford on August 29, 2002 09:10 AM

Deutero-Hesiod has just made clear to me why Plato banned poets from the Republic.

Posted by: Herr K on August 30, 2002 02:45 PM

Here Hesiod actually acknowledges getting a link from the whackjobs at Democrat Underground. Of course, Hesiod is so clueless that he doesn't even acknowledge that Scott Ritter has been pimping the line that we have been exaggerating Iraq's danger since the Clinton administration.

And here Hesiod links to James Bamford's claims that Atta couldn't be meeting with iraqi agents. Hey, Hesiod, here's a clue - Bamford is still carrying water for the anti-semitic "But the USS Liberty attack was a war crime" crowd.

As I mentioned, a little traffic analysis tells more interesting tales than just these examples of Hesiod choice of some strange bedfellows ...

Posted by: Robin Roberts on August 30, 2002 04:51 PM

What really annoys me about this Hesiod is that Glenn Reynolds keeps referring to him as Hesiod TheogEny. I can't find that reference on his site, but I can't imagine Glenn made it up. Greekists everywhere should pour scorn on him...

Posted by: Iain Murray on September 3, 2002 10:41 PM