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Will Jonah Goldberg Pay Up?

Duncan (via Scott ) re-posts this feud between Juan Cole and Jonah Goldberg over Iraq from 02/05: So, I have an idea: Since he doesn't want to de

Duncan (via Scott ) re-posts this feud between Juan Cole and Jonah Goldberg over Iraq from 02/05:

So, I have an idea: Since he doesn't want to debate anything except his own brilliance, let's make a bet. I predict that Iraq won't have a civil war, that it will have a viable constitution, and that a majority of Iraqis and Americans will, in two years time, agree that the war was worth it. I'll bet $1,000 (which I can hardly spare right now). This way neither of us can hide behind clever word play or CV reading. If there's another reasonable wager Cole wants to offer which would measure our judgment, I'm all ears. Money where your mouth is, doc. One caveat: Because I don't think it's right to bet on such serious matters for personal gain, if I win, I'll donate the money to the USO. He can give it to the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade or whatever his favorite charity is.

Cole was too smart to get sucked into a stupid bet on such an important issue and was repulsed by Jonah's proposal.

I cannot tell you how this paragraph hit me in the gut. I was nearly immobilized by disgust and grief. This man really does see Iraqis as playthings. He is proposing a wager on the backs of Iraqis...

That being said, will Jonah pay up and donate the 1000.00 bucks for just being a complete wanker? He could always just join the military---oh wait---I forgot---he's a coward too:

As for why my sorry a** isn't in the kill zone, lots of people think this is a searingly pertinent question. No answer I could give -- I'm 35 years old, my family couldn't afford the lost income, I have a baby daughter, my a** is, er, sorry, are a few -- ever seem to suffice.


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