How does it feel?

by Nathan Hamm on 8/17/2004 · 5 comments

Hmmm… I wonder what it feels like to be an American shill for Russian imperialism. How does one get so monomaniacally fixed on the idea that Russia’s a victim growing up in New Jersey?

Screw it. I don’t want to deal with the nitty-gritty.

Irkali certainly knows his stuff and he uses his close acquaintance with the Caucasus as a weapon to exclude all others from commenting–including bloggers who comment on his stuff such as yours truly and Matt. This guy is a goddamned mooninite, don’t even try to comprehend him.

Irkali makes some good points. He’s a witty genius if you’re looking for a new way to convince yourself America is out to secretly conquer the world (and especially make Russians suffer). If you’re looking for a discussion of the Caucasus that does not at all talk about Russian complicity, by all means check him out. If you feel that math and measures are subjective, he’s incredible. However, if you can’t see through him, I’m not going to convince you, so that’s why I’m not trying.

It doesn’t surprise me that some young people are carrying the banner of Russian chauvinism. I just didn’t expect New Jersey natives to be proudly waving that banner.

(Hat tip to Andy–good to have you back from Crete. And, I felt like a pissy bitch writing this, but I didn’t feel like toning it down like I usually do.)

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Tatyana August 17, 2004 at 5:10 pm

He should sell his ‘ideas’ to Michael Moore for the next award-winning masterpiece.

Mark Hamm August 18, 2004 at 1:31 am

Boy talk about revisionist history. How do people convince themselves of these wild ideas?

Michael J. Totten August 18, 2004 at 3:32 am

Whoa. That guys is nuts.

Matt Frost August 18, 2004 at 8:47 pm

Whoah indeed.

I’d quit reading his hyperventilating crap a few months ago, once the sugar buzz from Sobaka’s writing style wore off. The hell with this, I thought. I can get the same thing from, and at least those guys have a sense of humor.

haroon August 20, 2004 at 10:48 pm

he should start giving khutbahs at my masjid. he’d certainly spice things up…

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