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Friday, March 07, 2003
More from David WarrenMore good stuff from north of the border:
Assisted by his poetical foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, France's President Jacques Chirac has identified a "logic of peace" in opposition to the U.S. "logic of war". This "logic of peace" requires the French and their supporters (with Canada trying to occupy the non-existent middle ground) to embrace the premise of a bald lie -- the "success" of inspections -- in the specific hope of preserving one of the most hideous dictators on the face of the earth from the action that would remove him.They think, or at least hope, that it will never happen to them if they continue to pander to the Islamofascists. Their aim is to direct all of the Islamofascist terror toward the U.S. and toward Israel.
I guess they've never read the fable of the frog and the scorpion.
A liberal worth listening toGive this a thoughtful read. Michael J. Totten has it exactly right, in my view.
I'll also say that the right could use some introspection of the same kind when it comes to domestic policies. I've been a Republican since the mid '70s, and even I'm getting tired of the Republican right's obsession with reducing the tax burden borne by the super-rich.
Monday, March 03, 2003
Oooh, that's gotta hurtVox Day, at WorldNetDaily, concerning some recent comments from Janeane Garafolo:
The most amusing thing about the whole situation is that celebrities like Ms. Garofalo are becoming rather defensive about their right to hold an opinion. Of course you have a right to speak out, poor darling, but those of us who have actually read more than six books in our lives have the right to tell you that your opinion is baseless nonsense as we laugh at you.Or, in other words, freedom of speech does not equal freedom from criticism.
Except for our friends on the left, of course. Their opinions are always right, and criticism from the right has to be an attempt to oppress them.
This really is over the topA new retirement destination for Saddam Hussein:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has offered political asylum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, according to a front page story in Sunday's South China Morning Post.Truly a fate worse than death, I'd say.
Line 'em up and watch 'em fallJoel Mowbray, on the "democracy domino theory":
Regardless of what people think about the connections between Saddam and al Qaeda, there is no denying that a stable, democratic Iraq would serve as a bulwark against terrorism. A free Iraq would not just be an active partner in the war on terror, but its very existence would sap the recruitment strength of the worldwide terror network -- and that factor would spread to neighboring nations as freedom does.This is the nightmare scenario for the foreign and domestic opponents of the U.S. effort in Iraq. If we succeed in deposing Saddam's regime and reclaiming freedom for the Iraqi people to determine their own destiny, we will have demonstrated the bankruptcy at the core of our opponents' ideology.
We propose to deliver power to the Iraqi people. Our opponents defend totalitarian power over the Iraqi people.
A Canadian with Clue™Here is a marvelous article by David Warren. A sample:
It is human nature, only to remember the times when you were right, and so the people who are never right must be content with remembering nothing.And, while you are at Mr. Warren's website, you should also read this article, concerning the peace marches from a couple of weeks ago. A sample:
Today is peace march day. Around the world, and especially across Europe, perhaps millions will march in solidarity with Saddam Hussein; while the people of Iraq continue to live under one of this world's most murderous and vicious dictatorships, glumly anticipating American liberation, but fearing they'll be let down once again.Read all of Mr. Warren's articles. You won't regret it.
Sunday, March 02, 2003
And the Clue™ sinks in...I see that some of the "human shields" have decided to go home from their posts in Iraq.
One of the nine said: 'When I saw the army base I was to be assigned to, my whole body started to tremble with fear. I could foresee the whole base being obliterated by cruise missiles.'So much for their superior morality and principles.
I've spent a good deal of time trying to decide what I think of these people and their domestic compatriots who didn't find it necessary to join the peace pilgramage to Baghdad. My first impression was that they were well-meaning but naive -- that they foolishly believed in the pacifism that they were mouthing.
Now, I've decided that they are nothing more than exhibitionists. They want to parade themselves on the media stage in an attempt to impress the rest of us with how earnest they are and how progressive their ideals are. They want the rest of us to think less of ourselves because we are not willing to put ourselves on display for our beliefs.