Over at the Register, Simcha Fisher makes another one of those controversial assertions that is only controversial for the lunatic fringe of Traditionalist Catholics and Longers for the Legal Imposition of Catholicism on All Mankind, Preferably by Firing Squad. No, not the shocking assertion that Holocaust Denial is Bad (though that was, for the conservative wingnuts, indeed deeply shocking and controversial). Rather, it is the stunningly controversial suggestion that a murderous KGB authoritarian thug is not a hero just because he makes a few noises embarrassing to Obama, whom they regard as the locus of all evil in the entire universe. With the time-tested bonehead lack of discernment for which so many Faithful Conservative Catholics have become known in their defenses of Maciel/Euteneuer/Corapi/torture/unjust war/Romney’s “prolife conversion”/condemnation and hostility directed even to faithful and chaste gays/zealous defenses of the goodness of lying and tempting to mortal sin, once again a morally and intellectually repellent position is staked out on the basis, not of Catholic teaching, but on some simple-minded pagan principle such as “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and “Opposition to Obama taketh away the sins of the world.” It’s as dazzlingly stupid as the Great Pants Controversy, as brain dead as the “Pope Benedict Condemns Harry Potter” fooferah and as clueless and dumb as the pitchfork-waving mob defending the utter tacky stupidity of Lenten Caribbean Cruises.
Putin has people he doesn’t like poisoned with polonium. He’s not your friend and he’s not some new Constantine. Get a clue.