posted on Jul, 10 2006 @ 01:23 AM
I guess a little commentary on the drivel she was putting out might be in order.
Ms. Coulter raises what is known as a "straw man argument" when she suggests that the 9/11 widows are "insulated against criticism." The only
kind of criticism they are insulated against is personal criticism, attacks on their credibility and character. No matter what their personal
situation, their arguments and claims about the government are not above rebuttal. This is not unlike the widow of a murder victim coming out in
favor of capital punishment. What you cannot say is that the widow's grief, pain, and anger are not sincere and justified. You can still say that
putting the killer to death will not bring her husband back, and that capital punishment is bad policy, if that's what you believe.
Similarly, the 9/11 widows can legitimately be rebutted in legitimate ways, the kind that rely on refuting the message rather than harpooning the
messenger. Just because their grief must be respected doesn't make them automatically right about foreign policy matters. But it does mean that one
cannot legitimately hit them with the kind of character assassination that Ms. Coulter routinely uses instead of argument.
This appears to have made her so irate that she did it anyway.