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Saturday, August 09, 2003

Wow. Condoleeza Rice related a telling statistic in a speech to the 28TH Annual Convention of the National Association of Black Journalists:

"And yet, today the Middle East -- a region of 22 countries, with a combined population of 300 million -- has a combined GDP less than that of Spain."

And the GDP (gross domestic product) they do have is primarily due to oil resources for which they not responsible. They didn't do anything to create the oil. It's just lying there under the sand.

Watch the changes that take place in that region in the next ten years and remember who made it all possible. Remember that it was the international left (a.k.a "The Peace Movement") who fought so hard to keep things just the way they were. Remember that, if it were up to the left, none of the changes would have taken place. Remember who wanted to keep Saddam in power. Remember these days and don't forget who was on which side because in ten years leftists will be saying that "we" liberated Iraq and created the economic miracle that will be the Middle East.

Just remember.

The second piece I've been waiting to blog is a piece about the tax funded BBC.

To be fair, the writer of the article clearly hates the BBC, but that makes the fact that he must pay $174 a year to support it all the more outrageous. Jonathan Miller, a prominent journalist for The Sunday Times, has taken up the cause:

"Miller has been doing a little investigative work of his own and has discovered that the draconian license fee collecting operation – provided by a company named Capita, which was last year judged Britain’s most intrusive company - is targeted by zip code. The poorer you are, the more likely you are to get threatening letters and, later, have “an inspector” turn up on your doorstep. Pointless to claim you haven’t got a TV, because Capita has disguised detector vans prowling the streets of Britain, and can tell you what hours you had your TV on and what you watched.

Primary targets for harassment are single mothers in the poorest areas of Britain, presumably because such persons have neither the educational nor monetary resources to take on the mighty, monolithic BBC. Penalty for not being able to pay your license fee? A fine. For those who can’t manage the fine, it’s a mandatory prison sentence. In fact, a high proportion of Britain’s female prisoners are single mothers who couldn’t swing the license fee or the £400 ($600) fine. Next most targeted are the unemployed and senior citizens. Capita is without parallel among other debt collection agencies in Britain, employing intimidating practices. One such tactic is pasting posters on the London Underground and other areas showing a residential block, with the message (real streets and zip codes are used): This is Elm Street. A family on the 1800 block hasn’t paid their license fee. Do you know who they are?"

Disguised detector vans? Posters asking for neighbors to rat out each other over licensing fees? Locking up single mothers for not funding the BBC? Wow.

I've missed a lot, but I did get the chance to make note of a couple of articles that I really wanted to feature.

Here's the first of the two articles that I have been waiting to post. It's a piece by Charles M. Brown, a former anti-sanctions activist who toured college campuses repeating Saddam's propoganda.

Most people on the right knew this was what was happening, but Brown and his leftwing colleagues feed on the impressionable minds of the young and emotional:

"These orchestrated trips provided the grist for group members, who returned home to educate their communities on the horrors of the U.S.-imposed sanctions. In my case, the propaganda fed to me in Iraq by regime spokespersons was my primary source of information on sanctions, which I then imparted to audiences all across the United States. The same was true of my colleagues."

This is the evil of leftwing activism. This is seen as "breaking a few eggs", as the Stalinists once described it, that is necessary to advance the greater good of leftwing ideology. Brown describes how Voices, the organization he was affiliated with, didn't care what Saddam had done. All they cared about was advancing the "peace movement" at all costs.

Reading stories like this makes me sick, but I have come to expect exactly this sort of behavior from the left. As long as we have people who are determined to show the world how morally and intellectually superior they are, we will have this kind of activism.

I'm back. My home was hit by lightning and the fallout, including taking my computer to get checked out, has been maddening. I'm almost back to where I was before the storm, but I still have a few things to take care of.