Caught in the middle
We're approaching a Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
moment with the right
going after Scott Thomas Beauchamp and the left
defending Scott Thomas Beauchamp. ... The poor GIs, of course, are caught in the middle as the two mirror-image sides valiantly fight over every word and comma. ... I don't know. But if I was at TNR, I'm not sure I'd want someone
rushing to my defense by declaring Beauchamp's accounts 'banal' and 'trivial.' Because then the logical question to ask is: Why is a prestigious publication running 'banal' and 'trivial' accounts of war? If you answer the question honestly, you'd have to admit -- somewhat to your amazement -- that the righty wingnuts may have a point, despite getting their facts wrong. ... BTW - A 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield moment' is that critical point in time when two sides in an ideological debate begin to resemble each other more than they realize, even though they think there are huge differences. Plot summary for Episode 15, Season 3
On its way to decontaminate the planet Arianis, the Enterprise intercepts a shuttlecraft stolen from Starbase 4 together with its pilot. The pilot is an alien who is solid white on his right side and solid black on his left. His name is Lokai, and he claims to be a political refugee from Cheron. Shortly thereafter, another alien is deposited on the bridge of the Enterprise by a spaceship just before it disintegrates. The new alien identifies himself as Bele, a police officer from Cheron who has been tracking Lokai for over 50,000 years. Bele is black on right and white on left, and is outraged when Kirk sees no difference in them.
It all comes back to Star Trek. ...