Jewish World Review Dec. 26, 2005 / 25 Kislev, 5766

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Refusing to make moral distinctions | The reaction to the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, murderer of four innocents and co-founder of the "Crips" street gang, showed the biggest flaw in contemporary liberal thinking.

Folksinger Joan Baez described the execution as "cold-blooded murder" — obliterating any distinction between the death of a convicted killer, after a quarter century of appeals, and the brutal slaughter of his blameless victims.

By the same token, liberals ignore the difference between insurgent terrorists in Iraq who target women and children, and the coalition forces that go after the terrorists.

On domestic issues, the left similarly confuses welfare programs and tax cuts — insisting that giving government money to people who didn't earn it is the equivalent of allowing workers to keep more of what they earned themselves.

Refusal to draw distinctions — between the guilty and the innocent, the terrorist and the G.I., the taxpayer and the welfare recipients — how's the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of today's left.

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