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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson says it much more eloquently than I ever could, but the basic thesis of his latest piece for National Review is that the Middle East is in historical parallel with the fall of the Soviet Union.

That one day it'll all be over. We'll wake up and be amazed at the transformation in the Middle East just as we sat glued to our televisions watching the Germans destroying the wall.

Not many people would ever have guessed that the Soviet bloc was about to fall. At the time we had the left telling us how to defeat the Soviet Union and that Reagan had it all wrong. Actually, they didn't want us to defeat the Soviet Union nor did they think that we could. Leftists were screeching then as they're screeching now that we couldn't do it. That Reagan, and now Bush, was a mad man who was going to plunge the world into continuous war with his stupidity and idiocy.

Then one day the wall fell. Miraculously. Overnight we all forget the leftwing predictions of Armageddon. Overnight leftism was humiliated and began the slow electoral descent we are witnessing now.

History is repeating itself and once again leftists are on the wrong side of history. The parallels between 1989 and 2004 are extraordinary.

President Bush will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents of all time and leftists the world over will continue to be marginalized for being on the wrong side of history. Again.

Apparently there was a riot last night at a basketball game between Detroit and Indiana.

I haven't seen the video, but some people are asking if this was the biggest riot in sports history. If there isn't a body count then there are probably 50 soccer match brawls that rank ahead of this one in the annals of sports riots.

Via Instapundit.

Strategy Page reports:
American troops now control all of Fallujah and have found extensive evidence of terrorist and criminal gangs using the city as a headquarters. Evidence was found of torture chambers, and video sets used for filming the execution of kidnap victims. Moreover, the body of a woman, thought to be foreign aid executive (Care International) Margaret Hassan, was also found in Fallujah. A video of her murder was recently released by her killers, and it appears that the killing was done in Fallujah. Without Fallujah as a “safe area” for keeping hostages, killing them, and getting away with it, the terrorists have to do their dirty work in cities where there is a strong police presence, and nearby American troops. That’s what’s happening in Baghdad, Mosul and other cities right now. The gangs are trying to control neighborhoods in these cities, and are not succeeding.

The government has ordered the police and army to enter mosques and arrest clerics who continue to preach violence against the government. This has led to a familiar drill where American troops surround a mosque, and Iraqi commandos go in and arrest those wanted, and often find weapons and other incriminating evidence.

Opinion surveys continue to show the majority of Iraqis determined to have elections, democracy and an end of terrorism and Sunni Arab dictatorship. Iraqis are not happy with the way the international (especially Arab) media portrays and anti-government forces and terrorists as “freedom fighters.” Iraqis know exactly what the fighters are fighting for, and it isn’t freedom. The violent gangs want to revive Sunni Arab rule over the Shia Arab and Kurd majority. Even many Sunni Arabs don’t care for this outcome, because only a minority of Sunni Arabs benefit when someone like Saddam Hussein is in charge.
Yet the Soapbox leftists continue to insist that the Iraqi people don't want democracy. That we're forcing it on them.

The only people who don't want democracy in Iraq are the terrorists, (from all indications) American Democrats, and the world left.

Ann Coulter is a very witty and sarcastic editorialist. We all know this. We know she may go for the laugh and make outrageous comments as a result. But with her latest piece, she asks the question Democrats are dying to ask, but can't ask because it would give away their whole strategy for winning elections. They can't ask the question, but you have to know they're thinking:
"How can you be so stupid to subordinate your own selfish economic interests to "moral values," the betterment of the country and the general welfare of people you don't even know?"
That really is it. Democrats want to give Americans welfare. They want to gut the military and transfer all that money to social spending and they are simply amazed that the American people keep rejecting that idea.

Democrats truly don't understand red America.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Via Power Line.

This is an email from a Marine in Iraq:
This is one story of many that people normally don't hear, and one that everyone does.
This is one most don't hear:
A young Marine and his cover man cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with Ak-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded, lying in a pool of his own blood. The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind. In a split second, the pressure in the room greatly exceeds that of the outside, and the concussion seems to be felt before the blast is heard. Marines outside rush to the room, and look in horror as the dust gradually settles. The result is a room filled with the barely recognizable remains of the deceased, caused by an insurgent setting off several pounds of explosives.

The Marines' remains are gathered by teary eyed comrades, brothers in arms, and shipped home in a box. The families can only mourn over a casket and a picture of their loved one, a life cut short by someone who hid behind a white flag.

But no one hears these stories, except those who have lived to carry remains of a friend, and the families who loved the dead. No one hears this, so no one cares.

This is the story everyone hears:

A young Marine and his fire team cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with AK-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insugent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded. Suddenly, he pulls from under his bloody clothes a grenade, without the pin. The explosion rocks the room, killing one Marine, wounding the others. The young Marine catches shrapnel in the face.

The next day, same Marine, same type of situation, a different story. The young Marine and his cover man enter a room with two wounded insurgents. One lies on the floor in puddle of blood, another against the wall. A reporter and his camera survey the wreckage inside, and in the background can be heard the voice of a Marine, "He's moving, he's moving!"

The pop of a rifle is heard, and the insurgent against the wall is now dead. Minutes, hours later, the scene is aired on national television, and the Marine is being held for commiting a war crime. Unlawful killing.

And now, another Marine has the possibility of being burned at the stake for protecting the life of his brethren. His family now wrings their hands in grief, tears streaming down their face. Brother, should I have been in your boots, i too would have done the same.
Who are those who are prepared to burn this man at the stake? Democrats. That's who. They will sacrifice this man because (1) they hate the military and (2) they believe they will hurt President Bush.

Via Instapundit.

The Age, an Australian newspaper (reg. req.), is reporting that North Korea's "Dear Leader" is no longer being referred to as "Dear Leader" and that his picture is even being removed from homes and offices.

The report says, in effect, that we musnt't read too much into this. It could be that the man is "quietly downsizing his own personality cult", but that would be totally out of character for dictators worldwide. They're usually egomaniacs with an insatiable appetite for praise and glory. However, until something else happens I suppose we'll have to take everyone's word for it when they say that nothing significant is happening in North Korea.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

I love it. Even the Europeans are cutting taxes. Even for the wealthy. Yes. That's right. Socialists have seen the light and have instituted tax cuts to spur their economies.

How will Soapbox leftists spin this one? No doubt they'll damn George W. Bush and Karl Rove for their nefarious brainwashing of morally and oh so obviously intellectually superior Europeans who would only have done such a wicked thing under some evil Karl Rove-ien mind manipulation.

Damn you Karl Rove!

The U.S House of Representatives International Relations Committee is looking into the Oil-for-Food scandal and the top Democrat had this to say:
"We all knew that Saddam was doing everything in his power to evade sanctions," the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Tom Lantos of California, said in prepared remarks. "But it is truly infuriating to discover the depth of the contempt and greed displayed by the governments of nations such as France, Russia and Syria who evidently jumped at the chance to participate in Saddam's crimes against the international community."
Anyone who still believes that France had moral reasons for opposing the war against Saddam must not know about this massive scandal.

It is clear to most people, I dare say, that France's opposition to our war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein was the direct result of this massive scandal, France's oil field contracts that Saddam had already signed over to them and which would go into effect as soon as the sanctions were lifted, AND France's military hardware deals with Saddam which went into the billions of dollars as well.

France had billions and billions of dollars at stake. They so much as told Saddam that they would stop the U.S. from invading and overthrowing his sorry ass. The only problem was that the only means by which they could fight the U.S. was with their allies in the peace community and the liberal media. France did everything they could to stop us. I have no doubt that French officials were directly involved with the various anti-war protests and seemingly compassionate intellectual arguments against the war.

France's "moral opposition" to the war is looking more and more like a "financial opposition" to the war. I remember hearing Soapbox leftists wailing, "France thinks we're wrong to invade Iraq and overthrown Saddam Hussein."

Now we know the real reason France opposed the invasion.

Monday, November 15, 2004

via Power Line.

Reuters reports that Saddam's kickbacks from Europeans was actually around $21 billion according to a U.S. Senate investigation:
Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime reaped over $21 billion from kickbacks and smuggling before and during the now-defunct U.N. oil-for-food program, twice as much as previous estimates, according to a U.S. Senate probe on Monday.

The monies flowed between 1991 and 2003 through oil surcharges, kickbacks on civilian goods and smuggling directly to willing governments, Senate investigators said at a hearing.

"How was the world so blind to this massive amount of influence-peddling?" asked Republican Sen. Norm Coleman (news, bio, voting record), head of the investigations subcommittee.
The world wasn't blind to it. The countries that could have done something about it (European countries) and who profess to be so morally superior to the U.S. were the very ones taking Saddam's bribes. That's why the world appeared to be blind. They were on the take and didn't want the world to know what they were doing.

Via Tim Blair.

Iowahawkfeatures a hilarious satire about an emerging subculture of rednecks from coastal "blue states."

A must read. An excerpt:
Jane Michelson is not alone in her story. Throughout coastal America, school adminstrators and parents are reporting an alarming surge in 'Cracker' cliques on campus. Also known as 'Y'alls' or 'Neckies,' officials say the groups thrive by attracting outcasts and misfits from the student body.

"We try hard to engage all of our students in fun, healthy activities like Progressive Eco-Action March and Rage Against Intolerance Week," says Lawrence DiBenedetto of Patrice Lumumba Magnet School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Unfortunately, there are going to be those who fall through the cracks, into a life of bass fishing and stockcar racing."

It appears those cracks are widening. In one recent three-week period, fourteen high school students in Portland, Oregon were suspended for distributing pork rinds; a Burlington, Vermont high school was briefly closed for decontamination after janitors found a bible hidden in a restroom; and forty-six undergraduate coeds at Swarthmore were expelled for staging clandestine Mary Kay cosmetics parties.
Priceless.

Apparently there was lots of folks that were so absolutely convinced that John Kerry was going to win the presidential election that when he didn't those people had sort of an emotional breakdown.

James Carville certainly thought Kerry would win.

It looks like Condoleeza Rice will replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State.

I hope so. I've read a few articles by Rice and I believe she would be a great Secretary.

Damn blogger. Once again I wasn't able to log in over the weekend. I didn't have much to post, but I did have a couple of things.

In can't remember what one was, but the other was an article by Victor Davis Hanson.

Hanson wrote about what President Bush faces in his next term:
George Bush is asked to win the war without losing Americans. He must defeat Islamists, but not kill too many jihadists on global television. His second term must deal with everything from jobs and globalization, energy dilemmas, fickle Europeans, and a war where winning is sometimes seen as losing. Entitlements are out of control, yet his critics don't want cuts, but rather further increases. In such a topsy-turvy world, all that will see him through are his iron will to stay firm and consistent in face of a global media barrage. He must smile more, keep far quieter, seem much nicer — and carry an even a bigger stick. God help him, because few others will.
This may seem like Hanson is full of despair and concern, but the heart of the piece features President Bush's achievements.

Hanson uplifts and inspires because he is able to offer a helpful historical perspective.