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Mangy Old Cathy Young

by | Mar 13, 2024


No wonder Young uses a 30-year-old headshot, huh?

This will probably have to be cut from the book for space, but I would hate to deprive you good people of more reason to despise the worst writer at Reason. She’s so gross:

It is no surprise though. In December 2001 Young ridiculed what she called the “canard” that the September 11 attacks were blowback from “U.S. support for Israel, the plight of the Palestinians, economic sanctions against Iraq and the presence of U.S. troops on the Arabian peninsula,” revealing that she knew exactly what the cause was, but preferred to lie. Young instead blamed Islamic hatred for “movies, books, fast-food restaurants, blue jeans, and ideas about women’s liberation,” as their motivation to attack, and went on to call for increased TSA harassment and FBI surveillance of American citizens.[1] Young then penned a very brave piece two weeks before the invasion of Iraq called, “Undecided – Strong cases both for and against war,” in which she recycled nothing but pure lies about Saddam Hussein’s regime alleged weapons programs and ties to international terrorist groups:

The strongest argument in support of the war is that the Iraqi regime is developing weapons of mass destruction, is almost indisputably in violation of the peace treaty it signed at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991, and has been repeatedly demonstrated to harbor aggressive intentions. It makes no sense, war proponents say, to wait until Saddam Hussein’s potential ability to cause us serious harm becomes real. Critics of the war ask, “Why now?” pointing out that we have tolerated this situation for more than a decade without launching an all-out war. But past inaction is not a valid reason for present inaction.

The wakeup call of Sept. 11, 2001, has legitimately heightened our awareness of the dangers posed by Iraq’s weapons buildup and its sponsorship of terrorism. There may be no evidence directly implicating Saddam Hussein in the attacks, but it seems clear that a shared hostility to the West, to Israel, and especially to the United States has made bedfellows of Hussein’s secular, socialistic regime and terrorist groups espousing radical Islamic fundamentalism.

The threat to the United States may not be immediate, but a solid case can be made for neutralizing it before it’s too late. …

Many war opponents seem to argue that all war is wrong, at least if it results in civilian casualties. (Including our war against Nazi Germany?)

She even bought the one about Hussein throwing people in a giant human shredder.[2] So it is no surprise that such low-life scum would also lie to justify her hatred for Russia as well.[3]

[1] Cathy Young, “Liberty’s Paradoxes,” Reason, December 2001,

[2] Cathy Young, “Feminism and Iraq,” Reason, March 25, 2003,

[3] Cathy Young, “Unresolved,” Reason, February 26, 2003,

Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He is the author of four books. He has conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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