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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Did you hear about the attack on the tents at Camp Pennsylvania, home to the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait? The main suspect is an American soldier and he's Muslim.

This is what the protesters are fighting to stop:

"Afraid that the US and Britain will abandon them, the people of Safwan did not touch the portraits and murals of Saddam Hussein hanging everywhere. It was left to the marines to tear them down. It did not mean there was not heartfelt gladness at the marines' arrival. Ajami Saadoun Khlis, whose son and brother were executed under the Saddam regime, sobbed like a child on the shoulder of the Guardian's Egyptian translator. He mopped the tears but they kept coming.

"You just arrived," he said. "You're late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave."

How horrible would it be to finally realize that you have been fighting to keep people like Ajami in the miserable hell he has been living in? I don't know how the protesters can live with themselves. I mean, doesn't the time come where you have to admit that, even though you hate George Bush and everything he stands for, you are very happy that these people are free. Doesn't the time come when you have to quit working to keep these people in their horrible situation? Surely what the protesters are doing is somehow wrong. They aren't fighting a philosophical war anymore. They are actively and physically working to keep these people in a living hell. What's wrong with a person who would rather consign a human being to that kind of life rather than give up a ideological position? How do you describe a person like that? Would you say they are principled or just amazingly self-righteous to the point where right and wrong are irrelevant.

I think that's what it is. The war protesters have decided that a philosophical opinion is more important than human suffering. I think this is what the French have decided as well. It seems to me that the French and the E.U. demonstrated this with their opposition to this war. They are making what they consider to be a principled stand. They have decided that American lives don't matter, Iraqi lives don't matter, Democracy and human rights don't matter. What matters to the them, and the left in general, is that a consensus be reached. Right or wrong, the only thing that matters is that everyone agrees and the agreement doesn't have to be based on human rights or decency. If the consensus is reached on the basis of business contracts then that is as moral a reason to have a consensus as say, a consensus that human suffering be relieved. Consensus is the most important thing.

This is post-modern theory in practice. Jonah Golberg describes postmodernism as a philosophy that has no "capital-T" Truths. Rather, everything is mired in "perspective," which in turn is determined by various "interests," "privileges," and other "biases" and "prejudices," etc., etc."

This is the basis for opposition to the war in Iraq. The left believes, and when I say the left I mean the people who are responsible for teaching this crap, that Saddam's perspective is just as valid as say, a human beings. See, Hitler had a perspective too and from his perspective he was a victim of Zionist conspiracies that were destroying his country. So it goes. Everything depends on your perspective. Publicly, the French perspective is that it doesn't matter if the U.S. feels threatened by Saddam. From their point of view, if the rest of the world doesn't agree then we have no right to defend ourselves as we see fit. Consensus is the most important thing because it considers everyone's perspective. Instead of standing behind us as a true friend would, a friend that has fought and seen thousands of it's sons die for them, the French have decided that, from their perspective, we are overreacting to a little terrorism. Indeed, the nations that oppose us right now have decided too that we are overreacting. Of course, they are basing this on their perspective. They have been living with terrorism and our little 9/11 event is not such a big thing. They think we've become irrational and unhinged. We have this massive military and they are worried about what we might do. The fact of the matter is that we have been slapped upside the head with reality and they are the ones living in a fantasy.

This is just priceless:

"A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."

I couldn't have made anything up better than that. You think any of the idiot war protesters will care? Not a chance. They are too busy proving how morally superior they are.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Well, no sooner do I express admiration for our military's restraint than Fox News is announcing the beginning of the shock and awe campaign. We'll see I guess.

France says it will veto any U.N. resolution that allows the U.S. and Great Britain to administer Iraq after the war is over.

Maybe things have gone so well because Saddam and sons are dead or incapacitated. That would mean that Iraq's military has no leadership and simply don't know what to do, but regardless, I'm happy about the way the war has gone.

I have to admit that I was eager to watch a replay of the first Gulf War because I wanted to see Saddam Hussein's Iraq be wiped out. That was stupid of me. I knew that it would mean the deaths of many innocent people, but I couldn't conceive of this war being fought in a different way. It was as if I thought the only way Saddam could be deposed was by the obliteration of Iraq and I probably wasn't alone. Our military leaders have shocked and awed me, but it's been their caution and concern for civilian life that has impressed me the most. Our military could move much quicker and we could leave whole cities devastated in our wake, but General Tommy Franks has decided that we can achieve the same goals with much more concern for humanity and infrastructure.

I am so proud of the way our leaders have prosecuted this war so far and I am embarrassed at my lust for destruction. I couldn't conceive that there might be another way. I only hope that the original shock and awe tactics aren't necessary afterall.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

I don't want to be overly optimistic, but Fox News is reporting that elements of the Republican Guard are signalling that they would like to surrender:

"Pentagon officials said large numbers of senior Republican Guard members are signalling that they would like to surrender.

"There are significant indications that the Iraqi military is breaking from within," a Defense official told Fox News. "So far, so very good."

I hope this is true because, let's be honest, the average Iraqi soldier is ready to surrender at any given moment. The only credible threat is from the Republican Guard and if they capitulate it's all over.

Via Andrew Sullivan a piece by the New York Times Reporter John Burns reporting from Baghdad in an interview with PBS's Online Newshour:

"GWEN IFILL: John Burns, so good to have you with us. Tell us, what is the mood tonight on the streets of Baghdad?

JOHN BURNS: Well, you would imagine there is a great deal of apprehension. The city is quite extraordinarily quiet. It has been, in fact, since about noon on Wednesday as people headed out to country in the hundreds of thousands one suspects, all hunkered down in their basements, and a good deal of prayer, a good deal of solicitation from foreigners of insider knowledge, as if we had any, as to when the timing of the attack would come.

But along with all of this apprehension, I think America should know that there is also a good deal of anticipation. Iraqis have suffered beyond I think the common understanding in the United States from the repression of the past 30 years here. And many, many Iraqis are telling us now-- not always in the whispers that we only heard in the past, but now in quite candid conversations-- that they are waiting for America to come and bring them liberty.

GWEN IFILL: They are actually anticipating... eagerly anticipating war?

JOHN BURNS: It's very hard, though, for anybody to understand this. It can only be understood in terms of the depth of repression here, and it has to be said that this is not universal, of course. Having traveled throughout Baghdad in the last few hours, I can tell that you there are occasions when people are angry-- an old woman selling vegetables -- somebody pulling up alongside me in a car with a Kalashnikov who made a big show of snapping a magazine into the Kalashnikov in a most menacing way. There are, of course, people who, because they are loyalists of the regime or out of fear or out of suspicion of America's motives, don't want this war at all. And we don't know how numerous they are, and we also don't know... still don't know, given the nature of this closed society, how numerous are the others.

All I can tell you is that-- and every reporter who is currently here will attest to this-- that the most extraordinary experience of the last few days has been a sudden breaking of the ice here with people in every corner of life coming forward to tell us that they understand what America is about in this. They are very, very fearful, of course, of errant bombing, of damage to Iraqi infrastructure, and they are very concerned about the kind of governance... the American military governance that they will come under afterwards.

GWEN IFILL: Let me ask you...

JOHN BURNS: But there is absolutely... can I just say there is absolutely no doubt, no doubt that there are many, many Iraqis who see what is about to happen here as the moment of liberation."

The Hollywood elite wouldn't know anything about this.

It's beginning to look like the Oscar's will be used as a platform to express anti-war sentiments. I wouldn't be surprised to see many of the winners and presenters express blatant anti-American views and to see those people cheered for their opinions.

I have to note that not one of the anti-war Hollywood elite once demanded that Saddam Hussein disarm or that he otherwise fully comply with the U.N. Not one marched, gave a speech or made a TV commercial where the message was that Saddam Hussein should cooperate with the U.N. to ensure peace. All the usual suspects universally blamed the whole situation on the U.S. without assigning the slightest blame to Saddam.

Hollywood is mostly, though not entirely, a community of the most despicably, idiotic, uninformed, morally vacuous, egotistical, self-righteous and politically correct assholes the world has ever seen. Needless to say, I won't be watching the Oscar's.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Tony Blair is a great man.

"Back away from this confrontation now and future conflicts will be infinitely worse and more devastating."

And he said that to retreat now, he believed, "would put at hazard all that we hold dearest ... tell our allies that at the very moment of action, at the very moment they need our determination, that Britain faltered. I will not be party to such a cause."

Blair has gone against the wishes of most of his people and his own Labour Party because he knows he's doing the right thing. If that isn't leadership, great leadership, then I don't know what is. I don't know anything about Blair's domestic policies and I would probably disagree with virtually everyone of them, but his inspiring position on Iraq in the face of such widespread opposition undoubtedly will make him one of the greatest statesman of the 21st century.

Last night on Hannity and Colmes, Geraldo Rivera was giving a live report from Afghanistan and his report made my heart soar. Geraldo stressed time and again how grateful, appreciative, and thankful the Afghan people were for what we've done. He said it time and again that the Afghan people were so grateful for the U.S. and how American soldiers were treated so wonderfully by the Afghan people.

I wish this were bigger news. The American people deserve to know that we have given hope, safety, and security where none existed before. The American people deserve to know that the Taliban and Al Qaeda have no support in Afghanistan, that we aren't in a quagmire there, and that the Afghan people are deeply, deeply appreciative for what we have done.

I am so happy that things are turning out well in Afghanistan. I look forward to the day when it will be international news for what we have done for those people. We haven't committed genocide as Noam Chomsky claimed we would and the Afghan people are very grateful and thankful for what we have done. Where there was death, oppression, and hopelessness there is now hope and joy. I am very happy to hear this and I wish more Americans would get the news.

We've done a great thing, but you aren't hearing that from the press.

Wendy McElroy says that the Iraq war may end feminism as we know it.

Good. The National Organization for Women is horribly hypocritical and viciously biased organization that only cares about women who follow the leftwing ideology. In McElroy's words, NOW "has ignored women who are stay-at-home moms, pro-life, home-schoolers, or who disagree with them on virtually anything. It has discounted the majority of American women."

They have opposed efforts to disarm Iraq because the left opposes it, not because it was what was best for women, especially Muslim women. It's time for feminists to be more consistent in the things they fight for. They rightly demanded workplace protection against sexual harassment, but when the offender was a Democratic president they were unwilling to seek justice. O.J.'s trial was another example. In that case, race trumped sexual identity and NOW completely lost it's voice when it came to domestic violence. That court case could have been a major chance for NOW to speak about domestic violence, but as I said, race trumped gender. The protests over The Master's golf tournament has been a major embarrassment for the feminist movement. Of all the things they could have been fighting for, this is what they chose. They could and should have been demanding better treatment for their Muslim sisters, but they thought that Augusta National's all-male policy was more important. Give me a break.

I hope McElroy is right. Feminism is need of a major reassessment.

Jonah Goldberg's latest, "The Last Prewar G-File," isn't necessarily his best work (that's not meant as a put-down), but he does give a great argument against the left's idea that we contain Saddam:

"The United States suffered, too. Our best died in Korea and Vietnam because of containment. Moreover, we dedicated trillions of dollars in one way or another to enforcing containment. Who knows what cures that money could have bought? Who knows what scientific or humanitarian triumphs could have been purchased with the money we spent keeping the Soviets at bay for decades. Nobody knows. But the next time you hear a liberal (foolishly) say that the war on poverty failed because it was under-funded, remind him that it was containment — the policy they champion for Iraq — which largely sucked up those extra dollars. Psychologically, the West had to endure five decades of fear, worrying that the Earth could be incinerated. Indeed, the new champions of containment used to call this arrangement an immoral "Balance of Terror" and yet, today, they consider a balance of terror to be the moral course."

Brilliant, and devastating to the idea of containment.

Bill Clinton says that diplomacy failed because of France and Russia:

"Russia and France opposed this resolution and said they would veto it, because inspections are proceeding, weapons are being destroyed and there is therefore no need for a force ultimatum. Essentially they have decided Iraq presents no threat even if it never disarms, at least as long as inspectors are there.

The veto threat did not help the diplomacy. It's too bad, because if a majority of the security council had adopted the Blair approach, Saddam would have had no room for further evasion and he still might have disarmed without invasion and bloodshed. Now, it appears that force will be used to disarm and depose him."

Who's with us and who's against us in Europe.

Howard Dean and the rest of the Democrats keep repeating the word "unilateral" as if just saying it over and over will make it true. It ain't.

Here's the full text of President Bush's address to the nation last night.

Monday, March 17, 2003

President Bush at the summit in the Azores yesterday said that today is "The moment of truth." Finally. We're all sick of this whole mess and we're ready to get on with it. If the U.N. is against us, so be it. They are not going to make us into another Kosovo where tens of thousands of Americans have to die while the U.N. and Europe talk about having discussions and have discussions about what to talk about. To be perfectly blunt: Fuck that. We are not going to be beholden to U.N. paralysis; waiting for them to come to some sort of a consensus about whether we can defend ourselves and what the makeup of the resolution will be that says what we may do or not do in our self-defense. Thousands of people died in the Balkans waiting for the U.N. to do something until the horrors became too much to take and we stepped in and put an end to it all.

If we wait for the U.N. to do something to guarantee our safety we will be waiting for a long time. And even then we'll have to suffer through many more terrorists attacks until the death tolls is finally high enough for them to do something. Presumably, that number would have to reach at least five digits before they would even consider allowing the U.N. to do something.

A few days ago I heard the story of an undercover Muslim FBI agent who refused to tape record other Muslims. I think it was on Fox News. The man's argument was that it was against his religion to record fellow Muslims. He could record people of other faiths, just not Muslims. Then I found out that the man had sympathizers within the FBI:

"Robert Wright informed a supervisor at FBI headquarters about this conversation and met with indifference: "Well, you have to understand where he's coming from, Bob."

You have to understand where he's coming from?

Almost as aside, it was reported that, not only was the agent not disciplined and removed from any investigation that involved Muslims, he was promoted. That's right. He was promoted and sent to Saudi Arabia.

This is the sort of bullshit that will cost American lives. I am thankful that a full investigation is underway and the agent in question has been put on administrative leave, but it was probably public pressure that caused any of that to happen.

It sounds to me like politically correct multicultural sensitivity allowed this man to refuse to do his job and, worse, that the FBI supported his "right" to refuse to record fellow Muslims. In a sane world the man would have been removed from any counter-terrorism investigation, assigned to investigating cable TV theft, or simply fired for refusing to do his job, but in the PC world the man was sympathized with, promoted, and made excuses for.

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Damn. I just spent more than two hours writing a piece and I lost it due to some Blogger bug. Damn. It's my own fault. I should have known better. Never trust Blogger. I went through a spell when I had to save everything somewhere else before I posted it because Blogger lost everything I wrote. It's been months since that last happened and I let my guard down. I paid for it just now. All that work is gone. I'm disgusted, angry and deeply frustrated right now.