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Friday, May 21, 2004

Oh good. Now we get to see the media demand a shameful apology from Yasser Arafat and the PLO:

ARAB prisoners beaten and tortured, innocent bystanders killed by gunfire - another damning human rights report.

But the difference this time is that the violence is being perpetrated not by coalition forces in Iraq, but by the Palestinian Authority, and the victims are its own people.

The report, partly funded by the Finnish government,

claims Palestinian cities are in a state of near anarchy, with people on the payroll of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority (PA) blamed for 90 per cent of gangland violence.

It highlights numerous incidents of torture of prisoners and refers to the killing of civilians in gunbattles between Palestinian factions.

It is another blow for Mr Arafat’s organisation, which was recently accused of misusing £134 million of European Union funds. Mr Arafat was accused of signing cheques to people linked with terrorist activity.

Wait. Yasser Arafat isn't an American. Never mind about that apology. We all know that the left's allies aren't held to any standard even close to the the standard that's applied to the U.S.

John O'Sullivan in the Chicago Sun-Times:

The photographs are shocking evidence of shocking behavior and we should be ashamed they occurred under American auspices. But they are not the only story in the world. Objectively considered, the UN's "Oil for Food" scandal is a far bigger story, involving the starvation of children. Interestingly, the media have been happy to forget it entirely in all their excitement over Abu Ghraib.

Emphasis mine. Here's the bottom line:

Admittedly, reporters and editors make mistakes. But when all the mistakes are on the side of opposing the liberation of Iraq, and none of the mistakes favor the United States or Britain or Bush or Blair, it tells you something.

Namely, which side they're on.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Excerpt of a letter from a marine in Iraq:

Just weeks ago, I read that the supply lines were cut, ammunition and food were dwindling, the "Sunni Triangle" was exploding, cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was leading a widespread Shiite revolt, and the country was nearing civil war.

As I write this, the supply lines are open, there's plenty of ammunition and food, the Sunni Triangle is back to status quo, and Sadr is marginalized in Najaf. Once again, dire predictions of failure and disaster have been dismissed by American willpower and military professionalism.

If you only read newspapers like the New York Times or Washington Post you might believe that our mission in Iraq is failing miserably. Be heartened. Things aren't nearly as bad as we're being led to believe.

The media is making money. They believe Abu Ghraib and this wedding party news will sell papers or commercials so they run hard with it.

Andrew Sullivan has once again proclaimed disaster in Iraq with the latest news that a wedding party has been wiped out in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

That was what I read on his blog this morning. Sullivan was wringing his hands that a wedding party had been wiped out; the U.S. military had done yet another horrible thing to innocent people; that our mission in Iraq was falling apart at the seams.

I wrote him an email this morning while I was getting ready to go to work. I knew then that there was much more to this story than his hysteria indicated and as it turns out that "wedding party" had fired on U.S. soldiers at 2:45 AM local time.

Yea, it was a wedding party. The facts don't add up and if Sullivan had been a little less hysterical he might have waited to find out more details before proclaiming disaster as he did in Abu Ghraib.

Sullivan is from old school media. He's reactionary and ready to think the worst without having the facts. He's gullible and too prepared to accept what the New York Times spoon feeds him sometimes. Hell, if I understand that the NY Times is trying to sell newspapers you'd think he'd understand that.

With that said, I enjoy Sullivan's blog each day. I don't always agree with him, but I do enjoy reading what he has to say.

This is interesting.

For some background, remember a few days ago when it was reported that Sarin was detected in an artillery shell in Iraq that was detontated but failed to kill? It was another attempt to kill U.S. soldiers by the same means, that is, an Improvised Explosive Device or IED.

Anyway, the New York Times reported on it and mentioned in passing that the Sarin was "a trace amount." That "trace" was more like 3 quarts or almost a gallon and if it had been used effectively, 4 litres, a little over a gallon, could have killed 60,000 people. That's right, 60,000 people. I don't know about you, but that does qualify as more than just a trace. In fact, some people would call that a WMD or as Neal Boortz points out, an arsenal.

But to the NY Times and the rest of the leftwing media it was just a "trace." That's why it was no more than a blip on the media radar screen and that's why they buried the story so quickly. Can't have anything disrupt the "Bush Lied!" theme now can we?

More Mark Steyn:

But if you object to what's going on in those Abu Ghraib pictures - the sexual humiliation of prisoners and their conscription as a vast army of extras in their guards' porno fantasies - then you might want to think twice about handing over Iraq to the UN.

In Eritrea, the government recently accused the UN mission of, among other offences, pedophilia.

In Cambodia, UN troops fueled an explosion of child prostitutes and AIDS.

Amnesty International reports that the UN mission in Kosovo has presided over a massive expansion of the sex trade, with girls as young as 11 being lured from Moldova and Bulgaria to service international peacekeepers.

In Bosnia, where the sex-slave trade barely existed before the UN showed up in 1995, there are now hundreds of brothels with underage girls living as captives.

The 2002 Save the Children report on the UN's cover-up of the sex-for-food scandal in West Africa provides grim details of peacekeepers' demanding sexual favors from children as young as four in exchange for biscuits and cake powder.

"What is particularly shocking and appalling is that those people who ought to be there protecting the local population have actually become perpetrators," said Steve Crawshaw, the director of Human Rights Watch.

By now you're maybe thinking,

"Hmm. I must have been on holiday the week the papers ran all those stories about 'The Shaming of the UN.'"

Once again: If the U.S. is supposed to apologize for Abu Ghraib, then the U.N. (see above) and the Arabs (9/11, brutal dictators, other acts of terrorism, etc....) have some things to apologize for.

I'm waiting for the left to bemoan the shame of the U.N. and Arab society. Where are the editorials? Where is Ted Kennedy casting derision?

The left is a deeply unprincipled lot and the Abu Ghraib is further proof of their simple-minded hate for America.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Mark Steyn is brilliant:

He also needs to promise himself that he'll never again apologize to some Arab despot -- even relatively benign ones, like the king of Jordan -- for events in Iraq. If he feels the need to apologize, he should apologize to the American people for apologizing to the Arab world. This isn't just because what went on in Abu Ghraib is a picnic -- well, a Paris Hilton video picnic -- compared to what goes on every day in the prisons of our Arab ''allies.'' More important than that, the Bush apology buys into one of the most fetid props of the region's so-called stability -- ''pan-Arabism.'' If U.S. troops ''humiliated'' some Portuguese prisoners, the president wouldn't apologize to the king of Norway or the prime minister of Slovenia. So why, when U.S. troops humiliate Iraqi prisoners, would he apologize to Jordan's King Abdullah or Egypt's thug-for-life? ''Pan-Arabism'' is one reason why the region's a sewer. If Iraq succeeds, it will be by breaking with regional solidarity.

By the way, you might be wondering by now where the great procession of Arab leaders lining up to apologize to America for Nick Berg's murder has gotten to. Only a few Middle Eastern men want to saw the heads of Jews and infidels. But an awful lot more -- the majority in some states -- are either noisily approving or silently accepting of such an act. Winston Churchill wrote of two ''curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries'' -- not only the ''fanatical frenzy,'' which you can see in the orgiastic pleasure Berg's killers take in their clumsy work, but also the ''fearful fatalistic apathy,'' to which many more Arabs are prone. It's the latter that makes them such easy waters for the sharks to swim among.

Yea, where ARE the apologies to the American people from Arab leaders for the beheading of Nick Berg? Now that Steyn mentions it, where are the apologies and expressions of shame for 3,000 dead on September 11, 2001?

The left hates America and that's all there is to it. That's why we're told we must apologize. We're supposed to say sorry and what about the Arab mass murderers? We're supposed to feel bad and guilty for humiliating a few Al Qaeda, yet the Arabs feel no remorse, no guilt, and no shame for 9/11.

I say Bush should take back his apology until a much, much more appropriate apology is forthcoming from the Arab world for 9/11.

I'm guilty. I lost perspective and I'm glad Steyn has snapped me back to reality.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Fox News, as well as other media outlets, is reporting that sarin and mustard gas have been used unsuccessfully by insurgents in Iraq in the past several days.

The insurgents apparently didn't know what was in the shells because they failed to mix properly.

If the Iraqi insurgents can remember where they got the chemical weapon perhaps we will see more, successful, chemical weapons attacks on U.S. soldiers in the coming days.

I predict that the left will play down the significance of these attacks. If more chemical attacks are launched against U.S. troops the Democrats and world leftists will simply shrug and declare that even if these weapons are from Saddam's old arsenal they aren't reason enough to have gone to war with Iraq. They'll simply move the goalpost once again.

Drudge is reporting that Michael Moore received a twenty minute standing ovation from the audience at the Cannes Film Festival.

That's a big surprise. A leftwing nutjob makes a anti-Bush movie and a bunch of even farther leftwing nutjobs give him a standing ovation for it.

Let me know when something unexpected happens at Cannes.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

I want to post excerpts from Omar's Iraq the Model weblog so people reading this can, once again, see what Ted Kennedy and other leftists are fighting against. In this post Mohammad is describing his visit to the southern Iraqi town of Samawa:

My arrival day was the day when a rally of support and gratitude to the coalition passed the streets of Samawa. The scene was very delightful for me, I, who believe in the necessity of establishing a strategic partnership with the free world represented by the coalition, because this the only way for Iraq to rise again, prosper and join the modern, free world.

Further on in the piece:

....we passed near the coalition base in Samawa; the striking and ugly feature of this base, like any other one is, the concrete wall that surrounds it. These walls initiate a sensation of fear in the hearts and a feeling that there’s a huge block between the people and the coalition. I understand the security necessity of these walls but they still form an unpleasant sight for everyone, except this particular one. The coalition forces here invited all the kids-and their parents-in the neighborhood for a special festival, the kids were given paints and brushes and a definite area of the wall was assigned for each kid to paint on whatever he likes and to sign his painting with his/her name. I leave it for you to imagine how this hateful wall looked like after this festival. It became a fascinating huge painting that gives a feeling of brotherhood and friendship. These paintings eliminated all the psychological walls between the folks and the coalition here.

At the end of the festival, gifts were given to each kid; toys, clothes, candies…
You can’t imagine how happy the kids were when they stood proudly pointing at their paintings; flowers, birds, hands shaking and the flags of Iraq and the coalition countries, and then pointing to their names; Zahra, Mohammed, Sajjad, Fatima… together with phrases like; yes for peace, Saddam has fallen and many others. No one can watch this without having tears filling his eyes and I feel sorry that I couldn’t take pictures for this carnival, as I wasn’t there when it happened, but the people there told me the whole story.

More:

Last time I was surprised to see a new water treatment plant (or the so called RO in the south) near the river distributing clean water for the whole town for free, with four brand-new automobile tanks to deliver water to the remote villages twice a day. Everyone is grateful there as our major health problems are caused by polluted water. Now, this new processing plant will help rid the city of many health problems.

In my very last trip, the special new thing was a campaign to renew the doctors’ residency that we-12 doctors-live in and a decent temporary place is provided for us until the old miserable residency is fully rehabilitated.

The other new foundation that is being constructed now is an Internet Center. Who would dream to see Internet service available in a southern village? This is more than a dream coming true, it makes me feel proud and it makes people believe more and more that the change is in their interest.

One last excerpt:

.....I was watching Al-Samawa local TV (now they have their own local station) and it was broadcasting one of the sessions of the district’s council when a woman stood up wearing the traditional costume and behind her was a group of women, she started to yell in the face of the chairman of the council saying “Listen to me! You can’t ignore our voice anymore. These women elected me and put their trust in me and I demand authorities like those of men. My voice will not stay low from now on and I have to give those who elected me what they need”. I don’t think you can realize the meaning of this picture. It simply means that we have moved tens of years forward in a matter of months and we have broken the chains of a long dark past. The cry of this woman was enough to awaken me to the great progress that happened.

The people who most insist they care about human beings are very often the ones who fight to keep people under the boots of the worlds most evil dictators.

Think about how many millions of people died as the result of leftwing policies and governments last century. Now understand that those policies and government were defended by the same sort of people who are opposing our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq right now. These are the same sort of people who organized war protests the last couple of years and they're the same people who are still most vocally opposed to the freedom of 50 million people.

Of course they would insist it's the technicalities of that freedom they oppose, but in the end they still oppose it.

It seems they are more interested in being right than for 50 million people to be free.

The left is sick. Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Ted Kennedy, and all the rest are so devoted to leftism that they are prepared to watch the poor and innocent be kept under autocratically brutal dictators rather than be freed by the U.S.

We can't free the whole world, but you'd think that the morally arrogant left would take what they can get. And you'd be wrong.