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George Will and TV 'War' Series

October 08, 1985

Once again Will has allowed dogma to override logic in his pursuit of religious purity in the media. Embedded as he is in "Amerocapitalism," one of the two religious forces currently contending for world supremacy, he cannot recognize that he is merely a devout follower, avid to save the world by luring it to the embracement of his own true beliefs.

He does recognize the archenemy of his sect, "Sovieomarxism," but misunderstands it to be a philosophy and ascribes it to the fertile mind of Lucifer, a character of his secondary religious background, the old formal one he thinks he believes in. Neither he nor his opposite numbers in the various communist subsects are capable of accepting that they follow religions as demanding of blind acceptance as all other past efforts to dominate the mind of humanity.

In his attack on Gwynne Dyer, however, Will goes beyond the bounds of mere belief in a synthetic system of values and precepts, of do's and don'ts that characterize every religion, and enters the wonderland of fanaticism.

Since logic must fail him in his efforts to deride Dyer, he attacks his enemy's chosen attire and national origin. He derides Dyer's contention that logic and mathematics can be applied to international politics by claiming that his own view of contemporary international morality is the only true one and implying, as I see it, that this morality must be imposed on the rest of the world.

Will buttresses his assault by emphasizing the clothing issue, not realizing, as the true fanatic never does, that his own arguments betray the dedication of his own beliefs. Is it really true that communists and their followers wear little beards and designer jeans, with never a necktie? Is every wearer of a necktie a true-believing "Amerocapitalist" or fellow traveler, just as every wearer of a cross is a Christian and every wearer of a Star of David a Jew?

If these are Will's determinants, he has forfeited all right to be considered an acceptable reporter on the international scene and has demonstrated, in his own words, that he does believe the oddest things.


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