Steve Gilliard, RIP

The blogger and good friend to many of us, Steve Gilliard, has passed away.

Steve was an inspiration to many of us; one of the clearest thinking, biggesthearted, straight talking persons you could possibly run across.

Speaking personally, I often took my cues from how Steve did it. Telling the truth was what Steve was about. Always.

May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Update (TL): Jane has a very moving tribute to Steve. I only got to meet him once, at the 2004 Republican convention in New York when we were all live-blogging at The Tank. We only chatted for a few minutes. My loss.

One of my favorite Steve Gilliard posts: Rudy and Judi Forever.

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    I will miss (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by hellskitchen on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:31:52 PM EST
    his no-nonsense honesty.

    Non nonsense (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:35:07 PM EST
    that was Steve. Every particle of his writing cut through the crap.

    No one cut through the crap on Iraq better than Steve Gilliard.

    We miss him and have for a while.


    got a favorite url to share? I didn't get (none / 0) (#4)
    by seabos84 on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:55:28 PM EST
    to this blog thing till feb 2 years ago, so I recall his name as someone others quoted.

    I'm 47 - 41 is way Toooooooooooooooooooooo early to shuffle off the mortal coil, especially since there are too many days to:

    NOT bearing the whips and scorns of time,
    NOT the oppressor's wrong,
    NOT the rich man's contumely ...


    It sounds like this fellow did NOT let his conscience make a coward of him, and he did NOT let the native hue of resolution get sicklied over with the pale cast of thought.


    who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?

    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action


    Google (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:57:46 PM EST
    The News Blog and Muktada Al Sadr, no one saw more clearly what a pivotal figure Al Sadr would be than Steve Gilliard.

    A revelation.


    This one (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 04:08:44 PM EST
    was also especially good  -

    link. I especially liked this:

    People call the Shia US allies, even Cole does this, and they are no such thing. They are waiting like a cheetah to pounce. They aren't fighting us, yet, but they are not our friends. If they were, they would be helping the occupation and they are decidedly not. Guerrilla cells work freely in Shia towns and neighborhoods. If they didn't, there would be a greal deal of tension when they did their missions. Or they would be exposed. And that isn't happening.

    As a study he sites, the resistance is cross-ethnic, including everyone from Kurds to Christians. So to depict it as a Sunni-only problem is wrong.

    It also amuses me that the news is now shocked that Mosul is a hotbed of Iraqi resistance. They've never accepted the occupation there, considering that it's the home of Arab culture in Northern Iraq. There have been steady attacks on Americans since the early days of the occupation. They were just ignored. Now, they can't be. Even the Peshmerga avoided fighting the Iraqi Army to any large degree. So this myth that reistance was localized to the Sunni area near Baghdad was just that.

    In fact, the two most deadly attacks, the bombing of the Italians in Nasyriah and the al-Hakim assassination in Najaf, happened in the Shia-controlled south. Neither one could have occured without Shia cooperation on some level.

    Imaigining that Chalabi could be appointed strongman in this environment is insane on it's face, but hardly surprising.

    Tragic (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:30:09 PM EST
    What a great loss. So young too. Sad.

    RIP, Steve (none / 0) (#6)
    by PsiFighter37 on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 04:03:02 PM EST
    He posted some great material on Iraq and on colonial history. But it was also great when he did some more light-hearted stuff, such as his cooking posts and the World Cup.

    He will be missed. My thoughts go out to Jen and Steve's family.

    One of his generation's great minds (none / 0) (#8)
    by VictoriaB on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 04:21:21 PM EST
    Oh, God. Oh, God no. NO! This is unbearable.  Though he was gravely ill and not showing much improvement, along with all of Steve's readers and admirers I clung to the hope that he'd be able to fight back, to come back to us.

    He was a true leader, a great thinker, and his bull** detector worked better than anyone's.  I counted on his analysis of day-to-day news to help me make sense of all the madness loose in the world now.  The world is a poorer, darker place.

    Rest in peace, Steve.  You were a great man.

    Peace, V.

    What a sad day (none / 0) (#9)
    by Maryb2004 on Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 05:18:48 PM EST
    He was a brutally honest writer and a unique voice.    He leaves a void behind.  

    41 is just too young for this.  It makes me so sad.