Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Minitrue Sullivan

Not to beat a dead horse which no one much cares about anyway, but I was a bit puzzled earlier when I was having some trouble hunting down a particular story with a mention of Sullivan's 5th column nonsense. A reader reminds me why -- Sullivan, as he tends to do, edited the article he had publishsed in the Times of London before posting it in his "best of" section on his website. On his site:
The decadent Left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead - and may well mount what amounts to a fifth column.

Original quote:
The decadent left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead -and may well mount a fifth column.

The former at least has one little toe in the land of metaphor, the latter doesn't. Sullivan literally and explicitly suggested that the "decadent Left" and their soulmates, Muslims advocating theocracy, would join hand in hand.