- - The litany of distortions and petty personal attacks is absurd
enough that it's almost comical -- until it is not. Debbie
Schlussel, a right-wing political "commentator" and
self-proclaimed heiress to Ann Coulter, has a truly
nasty piece appearing in David Horowitz's hysteric Front Page
Magazine, in which she asserts that humanitarian activist Marla
Ruzicka deserved to die at the hands of Iraqi terrorists.
Schlussel just can't believe the amount of media coverage
Ruzicka received following her tragic death in Iraq earlier this
month -- especially given that Ruzicka wasn't a sports hero, or a
victim of sodomy.
"There are plenty of young American men and women
Ruzicka's age and younger who've been brutalized or killed in Iraq
and Afghanistan. But none of them got the wall-to-wall fawning
coverage that Ruzicka got -- unless they were anally raped or
formerly played pro football," writes Schlussel. "While
it's a sad day when any American gets killed by Islamic
terrorists, it's measurably less sad when that American aided and
abetted them -- and belittled our troops."
"For Marla Ruzicka," she concludes, "some might
call it poetic justice."
Rah-rah right-wing politics on the war is one thing -- but how
low can you go? Apparently Schlussel had no qualms about digging
up the freshly buried humanitarian and kicking her around to find
out. Nevermind that praise for Ruzicka's heroic work in Iraq
spanned the political spectrum and appeared in every major news
outlet imaginable -- including the Wall Street Journal's
right-wing editorial page, where senior writer Robert Pollock
wrote that "America has lost a peerless and unique
In its desperately militant attempt to say something big and
brave about the war (and whatever that something is, it's
ghoulishly muddled enough to deserve its own burial), Schlussel's
lonely, twisted post-mortem is about as cowardly as it gets.