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Friday, February 07, 2003
Victor Davis Hanson on Doom, Doom and More Doom
A fine essay, as usual. Here's a link to the discussion of this piece over at Little Green Footballs.
Indeed. Why is it the Chomskys and Fisks of the world are not called into account for the dismal inaccuarcy of their predictions for the Afghan campaign? I'm sure their response would be something like, "Well, Afghanistan isn't over yet, it's descended into tribal lunacy with warlords running the show, and there's no democracy there yet." Well duh. It was like that when the Taliban was in charge too, only no one knew or cared. But Afghanistan is a lot better off now than it was then. It'll take 20 years for that society to get back to normal. Wandering in the desert, as it were.
Ouch! Not a ringing endorsement of the Iraqi military. In fact, the only real threat is Saddam's WMD's, which he still insists that he does not have. Some say, of course, that we should not attack Saddam because of these WMD's. Saddam would agree with that point, after all, that's why he went through all the expense to develop WMD's in the first place. That is the essence of blackmail, no? That's what's going on in North Korea. "Don't make me use this! Just give me what I want and no one gets hurt!"
I say damn the WMD's, full speed ahead.
Thursday, February 06, 2003
The UN is dead, let's bury it
Mark Steyn on the uselessness of the international community. [credit: instapundit]
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Peace in Our Time
Well, maybe not with North Korea, check out these propaganda posters from the country that time forgot!
Are 'Manned' Vacations Worth the Risk?
ScrappleFace is one funny guy.
I like Charles Krauthammer's take on the future of the space program. Like all government agencies, NASA is bloated, bureaucratic, and of questionable utility. But the dream of space travel and the human desire for exploration is strong, and I'd like it to continue. More efficiently, of course. But on to Mars, I say!
The UN is fast becoming a threat to world peace
Yes, indeed. The UN was a worthy idea. But it fell victim to its own desire for openness, and admitted numerous nations who did not share in the common values of the organization. Now those subversive elements are in positions of power.
Are you fucking kidding me?
That was the only response I could come up with when I saw this, the latest outburst from a "celebrity" idiot. (credit: Right Wing News) David Clennon, of CBS's "The Agency" said this:
"I'm not comparing Bush to Adolf Hitler - because George Bush, for one thing, is not as smart as Adolf Hitler. And secondly George Bush has much more power than Adolf Hitler ever had."This is the kind of statement that really annoys me. Let's pick it apart!
First, he says he's not comparing Bush to Hitler, but then he directly compares the two! It's as if Clennon realizes that it's outlandish to say that President Bush is comparable to Hitler, so he gives the "Well, Bush is no Hitler, but..." equivocation. But that doesn't stop him from drawing parallels, which is what he really wants to do. Thus the logic of leftists - of course A and B are not comparable but if we do compare them then we come to the following conclusions. Clennon is talking out of both sides of his ass here.
Then, the obligatory dig at the President's intelligence. Now, I don't know how high an IQ Hitler had, and I'm not sure it matters. What matters to Clennon is that he makes sure that you know that he thinks Bush is an idiot - it's not that Hitler was smarter, but to people like Clennon everyone is smarter than President Bush. "Look, I'm not comparing Bush to a tree stump, because for one thing a tree stump is way smarter than that chimp-boy." Which in Clennon's mind is no doubt an insult to chimps.
And President Bush has more power than Hitler? Well, I suppose one could argue that point. After all, militarily speaking, the President is the commander-in-chief of a much more powerful fighting force than the Third Reich's military. Economically the US outdoes 1930's Germany too. But I don't think that's what Clennon is getting at. He's implying that Bush is in fact a Supreme Ruler and Lord, who with a casual word sets the course of his nation, and for whom all people of the nation serve. To Clennon, Bush is no more a President than Hitler was a Chancellor. No, now W. is the uber-Fuhrer. I am left to wonder if Clennon thinks Bush is comparable to Hirohito, who was after all considered a living god in Japanese society.
Comparisons like Clennon's trivalize Hitler's evil and the horrors of the Holocaust. This is not a police state (when the Ny Times is shut down by brownshirts, call me) and there are no death camps (under a thousand in Gitmo, all men, well-fed and not forced to work, versus millions of children, women, elderly and men, killed outright or given little food and forced to work until death, and boiled into soap afterwards.) No, Mr. Clennon, these are not comparable at all. These are not even closely related.
The French Way
Analysis of the French diplomatic efforts these days. Pretty good, and this bit is striking:
Thus we see the dangers of immigration without assimilation.
Monday, February 03, 2003
"Show weakness now and no one will ever believe us when we try to show strength in the future."
British P.M. Tony Blair on the UN and Iraq.