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Thursday, September 19, 2002
Posted 3:20 PM by WiN
Yep, Kevin Holtsberry's at it again. (I'm mentally making my list)
Posted 1:26 PM by WiN
Fisk o' the Week
Posted 1:02 PM by WiN
More useless trivia to clog your neural pathways
Posted 9:10 AM by WiN
Rummy vs. the idiotarians
Heard about this one on the radio this morning on the way to work. Rachel the anti-idiotarian describes the incident nicely.
Posted 8:44 AM by WiN
You say you want a coalition?
Paul Wright asks some pointed questions of the International Support crowd.
And I want to hear someone say out loud that they would rather see International Law ™ upheld, and the sovereign integrity of this week’s tin-pot sandbox maintained, even if it costs Australian and US civilian lives. A smoking hole in Sydney, a botulism massacre in Chicago, a car bomb in London. These are worth the price aren’t they?Say, if they really respected International Law, wouldn't they want the resolutions already enacted (and flaunted) to be enforced? Just asking.
Posted 8:04 AM by WiN
Is that searing flesh I smell?
Andrea must have read another lefty op-ed. (caution: don your flame-retardant gloves before clicking)
Posted 7:47 AM by WiN
Joke of the Day
Jay Leno (via The Federalist): "More coming out about Saddam Hussein. We now know he takes Viagra and he has as many as six mistresses. No wonder Congress is slow at taking action against him - he's one of their own!"
Posted 6:30 AM by WiN
Iraqi weapons inspection courtesy U.S. 82nd Airborne
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal's featured editorial cuts right to the chase on Saddam's recent capitulation on weapons inspections:
Anyone who thinks "inspections" by themselves are worth anything should read last week's chilling testimony to the House Armed Services Committee by former U.N. bioweapons inspector Richard Spertzel. He recounted how inspectors "experienced obstructions in Iraq from the beginning" until they were finally ousted in 1998. "Iraq gradually gave up only what Unscom could prove Iraq still retained," he said.To me, it seems like the reasoning behind Saddam's offer is twofold - one, to provide ammunition to the peaceniks and UN-firsters who want to avoid U.S. invasion at all costs, even if those costs include massive loss of civilian life (most likely American, Israeli or both) and, two, to provide himself with a convenient set of highly visible hostages in the inevitable event of U.S. invasion. Anyone who would volunteer for this round of inspection duty would have to be either a fanatical ideologue with a death wish or a complete idiot. Unfortunately, the U.N. has an ample supply of both.
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Posted 8:52 AM by WiN
Terrorist "Welcome Mat" Still Out
According to Michelle Malkin.
Lopez: What are the easiest ways for a terrorist to get into the U.S. undetected?
Posted 8:48 AM by WiN
What Didn't Happen
How about all those dire predictions made in the immediate wake of 9/11? Amir Taheri on National Review Online runs down the list of Chicken Little's that were proven wrong and/or short-sighted.
The so-called "clash of civilizations" did not happen. On the contrary, more and more people both in the world of Islam and in the West now realize that they are all in the same boat. There is a rush in the West to read about Islam and try to understand it. In the world of Islam there is a corresponding thirst for knowledge about the West that, after all, shares the same historical space of civilization.A few things to keep in mind when the anti-war Iraqi apologists and UN-firsters are making their dire predictions.
Posted 8:38 AM by WiN
How to Destroy a Village
President Clinton is out of power now, so what's the difference one might inquire? To ask the question is to have missed the point. It is the future I am concerned about, not the past, and the imprint embedded in the nation' conscience. People learn best by example and practice, and children are the most susceptible of all. These children observed a spectrum of disgraceful conduct from a sitting president committing perjury without punishment to repeated declarations that oral sex was somehow not sex. The danger is that they will try to emulate the Clintons' strategies while lacking the power, communication skills, and support system of their mentor. Those who follow the Clintons' model undoubtedly are in for a rude awakeningDefinitely worth a read.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.