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September 14, 2005 4:28 PM   Subscribe

Debate Site Grapple in the Apple! Christopher Hitchens and George Galloway argue live, now, about the Iraq War. Sorry about the minimal FPP, but it's all about the boxing match debate.
posted by reality (55 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Damn. I messed up the link description.
posted by reality at 4:29 PM on September 14, 2005


Yes, I was about to post this. Although I don't know how much available streaming capacity there is. Go Hitchens!
posted by ParisParamus at 4:35 PM on September 14, 2005


The Pacifica crowd is an 11 on the 10 vomit scale.
posted by ParisParamus at 4:35 PM on September 14, 2005


Hitchens on Galloway
posted by loquax at 4:36 PM on September 14, 2005


I think there's extra streaming capacity on Live365 or whatever that's called.
posted by reality at 4:37 PM on September 14, 2005


Sane commentary via LGF.com here
posted by ParisParamus at 4:38 PM on September 14, 2005


Did anyone else read that as Christopher Walken? That would be the coolest!
posted by blue_beetle at 4:39 PM on September 14, 2005


Nuts, looks like there's no more room at any of the various feeds.
posted by loquax at 4:41 PM on September 14, 2005


I find Galloway's overnight international stardom amusing.
posted by fire&wings at 4:43 PM on September 14, 2005


Two blowhards contribute hot air to global warming
posted by Postroad at 4:44 PM on September 14, 2005


Sane commentary via LGF.com here

Hahaha! This must be the kinder gentler PP I keep hearing about, because I think he just made funny!
posted by freebird at 4:45 PM on September 14, 2005


That's not commentary, PP, that's a circle-jerk.
posted by fleacircus at 4:45 PM on September 14, 2005


fleacircus, you may have a point. Actually you do. The thing is, I'm not sure how much better Mefi is....ok, a little, but not enough.
posted by ParisParamus at 4:46 PM on September 14, 2005


I'm listening... when is it supposed to start? Is it over?
posted by billysumday at 4:47 PM on September 14, 2005


it's starting now.
posted by ParisParamus at 4:48 PM on September 14, 2005


It has started, but apparently the streaming capacity is limited, which is a shame.

This should be on CSPAN, really.
posted by reality at 4:49 PM on September 14, 2005


It says that the debate was scheduled for 6PM eastern. I'm confused.
posted by billysumday at 4:49 PM on September 14, 2005


more commentary on irc.ieatttapes.com (unofficial Mefi chat)
posted by ParisParamus at 4:50 PM on September 14, 2005


no, 6pm was the "preshow"
posted by reality at 4:52 PM on September 14, 2005


Is Hitchens still alive?
posted by archaic at 4:53 PM on September 14, 2005


Realplayer video feed (BBC realplayer install)
posted by fleacircus at 4:53 PM on September 14, 2005


Hitch has spent a few minutes taking the "ends justify the means" argument on Iraq, combined with his optimistic viewpoint. Now he's unloading on Galloway a little, shaking the "oil for food" shame stick.
posted by fleacircus at 4:58 PM on September 14, 2005


Galloway is massive asshat.
posted by reality at 5:04 PM on September 14, 2005


Wow, Galloway has said nothing in five minutes other than insulting Hitchens.
posted by billysumday at 5:06 PM on September 14, 2005


Cindy Sheehan is an asshat, too...
posted by ParisParamus at 5:06 PM on September 14, 2005


I used to like Scotish accents.
posted by ParisParamus at 5:06 PM on September 14, 2005


What? Are you saying calling someone a slug is an insult?
posted by ParisParamus at 5:07 PM on September 14, 2005


Michael Ashcroft?
posted by ParisParamus at 5:08 PM on September 14, 2005


Somehow I don't think they're going to find a middle ground.
posted by fleacircus at 5:14 PM on September 14, 2005


Insulting Hitchens?! He spent the first few minutes thanking Hitchens for a few of his previous stances which were, ironically enough, consistant with Galloway's position. The only thing Galloway said which could be considered insulting in the first few minutes was that Hitchens shouldn't accuse Galloway of "slobbering" while at the same time interrupting Galloway's time.

Hitchens called Galloway a profiteer and co-conspirator, when there is not only no evidence proving this, but no legal charges filed in either the United States or in Great Britain against him. Where is the beef?
posted by insomnia_lj at 5:16 PM on September 14, 2005


I think Galloway called Hitchens some sort of slug/butterfly smeared with poop like a chimney sweep. It wasn't quite clear.
posted by fleacircus at 5:18 PM on September 14, 2005


At the very least, Hitchens is one of the few war boosters who actively defends his position. Perhaps he doth protest too much, but I admire the fact that he is able to stand up for his position, as many, many of the pro-war crowd have lapsed into extreme laziness when trying to defend why they support the war.
posted by cell divide at 5:23 PM on September 14, 2005


The Pacifica crowd is an 11 on the 10 vomit scale.

Edit: The Pacifica crowd is at 11 on a vomit scale of 1 to 10.

Or something. Sane commentary? Stop bogarting, dope-hoard.

*thunks ParisParamus in the head with a Galaxy-class LART*
posted by loquacious at 5:23 PM on September 14, 2005


Christopher Hitchens is going on about slobbering again... and calling the Johns Hopkins report and the Lancet report "crazed fabrications"?

What an idiot.
posted by insomnia_lj at 5:26 PM on September 14, 2005


Hitchens' whole defense of the war seems to be that good people were killed by the insurgency, therefore the insurgency is evil.

So, I take it that the 150,000+ Iraqis we've killed were all evil, and therefore we're the good guys...
posted by insomnia_lj at 5:29 PM on September 14, 2005


That got tedious quickly. I'd be more interested in a debate between Hitchens and Juan Cole.
posted by homunculus at 5:29 PM on September 14, 2005


That got tedious quickly. I'd be more interested in a debate between Hitchens and Juan Cole.

I'd be more interested in a debate between Hitchens and my right cross. Followed by a brief aside between him and my left hook and then, just so he remembered my thesis peppering the point with Thai kicks to his bloated misshapen abdomen.
posted by tkchrist at 5:38 PM on September 14, 2005


tkchrist: sounds like you must be a pacifist
posted by reality at 5:43 PM on September 14, 2005


sounds like you must be a pacifist

Was it that obvious?

That is not to say I wouldn't also like to debate Mr. Galloway with a firm pimp slap.
posted by tkchrist at 5:48 PM on September 14, 2005


Htichens is choking badly, after being caught arguing against the facts.

Now he's lecturing the audience, telling them he hopes that they feel good about supporting the Iraqis killing American soldiers, and that they should be concerned that they're "on telly".
posted by insomnia_lj at 6:11 PM on September 14, 2005


God I hate Galloway so much. Being on the same side as him hurts.
posted by thecjm at 6:17 PM on September 14, 2005


I tuned in very late, but Hitchens' argument in the final five minutes seems to be 'solidarity' and 'you don't desert your friends'. Apparently, even if they're wrong.

He also appears to have been wrong on the definition of 'popinjay' as 'an archery target', although my source is the (very weak) dictionary.com for that. I don't have a subscription to OED, so I can't be authoritative there.

I thought Galloway's final five minutes were enormously stronger. His argument is that we are not safer for having invaded, and in fact we have put Islamic fundamentalism into power it didn't previously have. He used a quote from someone whose name didn't stick in my head: 'not just a crime, but a blunder'.
posted by Malor at 6:40 PM on September 14, 2005


He also appears to have been wrong on the definition of 'popinjay' as 'an archery target', although my source is the (very weak) dictionary.com for that. I don't have a subscription to OED, so I can't be authoritative there.
OED says: 3. The figure of a parrot fixed on a pole as a mark to shoot at. Obs. exc. Hist.
God I hate Galloway so much. Being on the same side as him hurts.
x2
posted by kickingtheground at 6:56 PM on September 14, 2005


OK, Hitchens: Former Trotskyite who attacked first gulf war but now is friends with Wolfowitz and Chalabi. Do we even need to acknowledge his existence? Not to mention he is a tippler, people, please.
posted by archaic at 7:12 PM on September 14, 2005


So which plummy accent won?
posted by maryh at 7:25 PM on September 14, 2005


I've just come back from the debate at baruch. It was a packed house - *both* the pacifica and limbaugh crowds were out in force.

It was fascinating to watch lefties (older hippies / socialist worker types / pierced kids) and righties (buttoned down across the age range) scream *booooooo* at some particularly contentious point only to realize they were sitting next to their enemy. The looks of polite disdain through nausea to barely suppressed impulses to strangle were amusing to observe.

Of course, one of the disappointing things about the debate was that both debaters occasionally veered from their stated goals of phlegmatic character assassination to actually stating their positions on the Iraq war and surrounding issues based on their particular brand of evidence.

Naturally, this being a political debate, the opposition ignored most of these evidentiary statements about potentially important points and got back to tearing trivial (but extremely funny) rhetorical holes in each others well oiled limey arseholes.

Hitchens started off with a more substantive debate, actually listing his points about the regions development : galloway just waded in with bombastic insults from the get go. After a while, the positions were reversed, with galloway making points to do with the geopolitics that he'd ignored earlier and hitchens (by now) appealing to the crowds patriotism and doing the fey-I'm-quietly-demeaning-your-sad-existance-with-witticisms routine. By the end, very little new was being said.

It would have been a great drinking game if they had handed out vodka and you had to drink when the following words were used: "slug" "gutter" "imperialism" "racism" "slobbering" "sewer" and "bush".


Summary: They were both suitably nasty to each other to make a good evening out.
posted by lalochezia at 7:30 PM on September 14, 2005


PP: Cindy Sheehan is an asshat, too...

Glad to see you're really commiting to being a higher level of decorum to the place, like you promised way back when. You conservatives are all the same once you've blown your wad. Kiss kiss.
posted by moonbird at 7:39 PM on September 14, 2005


Just got back from this debate and a few gins. I got out of it a few gins, a nice cellphone photo of Hitchens sweating on the street, and a profoundly greater respect for Yeats.

The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Anyway, let me say first that I am opposed to the war, but that I found Hitchens, live at least, far more persuasive than that shrieking gnome, Galloway. Nonetheless, they were really arguing two different points when you boil it all down. Hitchens did not address the execution of the war, but did make a good argument for the ethical war and the fact that this may have been a case for it. Galloway seemed far more arguing that each state has a right to develop as it may no matter how fucked up a course it might take -- this does not only preclude war, but other interventions (such as our involvement in Afghanistan that helped form the mujahideen).

I felt Hitchens needed to address one thing, and let's say we take his argument that this was a just and necessary war: what happens when a just and necessary war is prosecuted by an unethical and opportunistic force, which is in itself unethical and less concerned with human rights than profit.

For George Galloway I offer only this -- you missed a perfect "intervention" joke, you twit.

For the audience. Fucking creepy, wonderful, sweaty madhouse of a night. You made my gum taste better, my knee hurt, my misanthropy soar, and my liver cry out for those lovely plymouth gin martinis I sipped later in the night.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 8:36 PM on September 14, 2005


Hey lalochezia! I was the guy in the balcony.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 8:37 PM on September 14, 2005


So which plummy accent won?

obviously never met a scotsman.

Git it up yie bag 'o shite
posted by rodney stewart at 8:41 PM on September 14, 2005


is there a recorded version of this debate available?
posted by spacediver at 9:29 PM on September 14, 2005


http://kpftx.org/
posted by Asef Jil at 10:52 PM on September 14, 2005


Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology - Popinjay (archaic) - parrot C13. - vain or conceited person C16
Sounds like Hitchens.
posted by adamvasco at 12:08 AM on September 15, 2005


the cjm

agreed, you can be against the war and against Galloway. , as far as I am concenred is a slimy, perma-tanned crook, who will stoop as low as is necessary to find a constituency.
posted by johnny novak at 2:39 AM on September 15, 2005


And has used my former constituency of Bethnal Green & Bow as a platform for his international posturing, at the expense of the constituents (who deserve a proper MP) and their former MP who (though she was a bit Blairite) knew what her priorities should be.
posted by athenian at 4:05 PM on September 15, 2005


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