tonight when i checked my sitemeter i was surprised to see a big spike in my number of hits. i usually get about 30 a day. i probably know about half of those 30 people. today, however, i got a couple hundred, all in the past few hours.
it turns out i was linked to media whores online (as of this posting it's about 1/4 of the way down the page). there's a block quote attributed to me there along with a link. the problem is, i didn't write the quote.
on july 30th, i wrote a long rant about the so-called flypaper theory, specifically why the whole idea is so stupid. while writing the thing, i found the following quote in a comment to this essay at billmon's whiskey bar:
"The maddest, saddest thing about the neocons is that they believe that 'terrorism'
is an ontological category, not a tactic. So they reckon there is a fixed number of
terrorists, and, once they are all dead, there won't be any more. But it doesn't work
like that. For every civilian you kill, you make another two terrorists. And the more you
kill, the more there will be. The British know this. the French learned it in Algeria.
Even the Israelis know it now. But Bush and his voters are going to have to learn
it all over again, very slowly, very painfully; and the whole damn world will pay
the price this time."
the comment was written by andrew brown, not me. i tried to attribute it in my july 30, 2003 post, but apparently i wasn't clear enough. i just sent MWO an email informing them of the mistake. while i am happy for all of the attention, i don't want to take credit for something that i did not, in fact, write. sorry for the confusion.