Personal Attacks or Debating Issues?
I guess I wasn't too surprised to see a couple letters in the Eureka Reporter criticizing the guest commentary Rob Ash made a few days ago. He was critical of Anthony Mantova, a die- hard War Party member who has written a couple commentaries in favor of war against the muslim world.
I pretty much agreed with Ash: Mantova often advocates attacking other countries while he won't directly participate himself, other than being the cheerleader.
Both Andy Stunich and out- of- towner, Patrick Bell, wrote letters criticizing Ash's commentary as being personal attacks and as avoiding the real issues. Good point.
I guess I hadn't noticed it because I agreed with Ash. I get a bit tired of people telling other people to do things that won't apply to themselves and I still think Ash's point is somewhat valid. He just focused on it too much.
Nonetheless, as I've said a few words addressing name calling and personal attacks here, it's good that the point was made that we should deal with the issues at hand.
But, I can't help but wonder if Mr. Stunich and Bell might resort to the same sort of personal attacks if it was a different issue being discussed. We've seen on this very blog that personal attacks come from all sides of the political spectrum. Let's try and avoid doing that here.