…or lack thereof.
Okay, he’s not that stupid, really, but he is so self righteous that when he tries to be proves how smart he is and it turns out that he’s wrong, well, you almost just have to say something.
A couple weeks ago the aforementioned foreign affairs expert interviewed Tony Blair, and Stewart tried to criticize the idea that democracies don’t go to war with each other (this is known as Democratic Peace Theory) as a fabricated theory, made up by the cabal of neocons, basically as an excuse to invade Iraq.
James Kirchick, over at Commentary’s blog has a great analysis of the interview and Jon Stewart, which is especially important considering the poll Kirchick mentions, which finds that “For Americans under 30, these comedy shows [e.g. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, LB]are now mentioned almost as frequently as newspapers and evening network news programs as regular sources for election news.”
After Tony Blair disproves Stewart attempt at disproving an international relations theory, Stewart goes on to say that “Hamas and Hezbollah aren’t like Al Qaeda, and could not share that group’s goals, because the two Palestinian terrorist organizations are “localized,” whereas Al Qaeda has broader ambitions.” I would say that he completely ignores history, but he doesn’t, because he doesn’t really know history. He has a very narrow view of history, which he views in an orthodox “progressive” lens. Hezballah has hijacked a TWA plane, bombed American marines in Beirut, and is responsible many more humanitarian acts.
Trying to differentiate Hamas from Al Qaeda is also pretty stupid, considering one group helps fund the other (see: Karine A).
Not the latest thing online, but go read.