A James Carroll column I almost liked:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t know why I bother reading James Carroll. Already know what he’s going to say and what pose he’s going to strike etc. ... But what surprised me about this morning's column
was that I actually found myself rooting for Carroll while reading the first two-thirds of the piece. Hub Blog’s happy thought process went something like: “Oh, my God. Out of the starting gate and Carroll hasn’t mentioned yet that he’s a former priest ... Halfway through the column and not one reference to the word ‘moral.’ ... What a splendid insight into different types of anti-Semitism! ... OK, here’s a bump: He’s bashing Bush, but ... Carroll’s back on track!
Go, James! Go!” ...
Alas, he veers away from subject of Muslim anti-Semitism -- where you thought he was headed -- and ends up veering into modern American and Western crusades -- where you should have known he was headed. ... Somewhat encouraging signs: No mention of his past priestly functions -- nor mentions of the words ‘moral,’ ‘morality,’ ‘hubris’ and ‘Vietnam.’ ... Advice: Read first two-thirds of column. Then stop.
But do read this column
in its entirety. Tom Oliphant tears into the Jose Santos ‘controversy’ and modern media sensationalism.