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Friday, February 07, 2003
Posted 2:41 PM by WiN
Clear and overwhelming evidence
The most significant aspect of Powell's address (to the U.N. Security Council) was what it did not contain.
Powell never asked the U.N. to do anything. He asked for no Security Council determination that Iraq was in "material breach" of U.N. resolutions. He simply declared it to be the case. He asked for no resolution authorizing military action. He asked for — nothing. It was left to the British to explain. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said that Iraq has no intention of disarming. Straw said that though Britain does not want war, the U.N. now stands — as the League of Nations did in the 1930s — looking on, doing nothing as a small evil grows large.You have set before you now life and death. Choose life.
Posted 1:26 PM by WiN
NRO's Michael Leeden, who has been at the forefront of reporting the current revolution in Iran, today presents compelling evidence that Iran, as well as Iraq, is working in co-operation with al Qaeda to foment terrorist acts throughout the West. He thinks that once America and her allies attack Iraq, we will find ourselves in a regional war against not only Iraq but Iran, Syria and perhaps even the Saudis.
Certainly something to be contemplated, but in no way to be considered an argument for inaction in the region. On the contrary, hopes are high that Iranian dissidents will rapidly overthrow the current regime and invite Western peacemakers in to help set up a democratic government, transforming the entire region. All the more reason to act swiftly and soon.
UPDATE: Iran has admitted to mining uranium for their Russian-built nuclear reactor. The good news, such as it is, is that Iran has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor their facilities. [link via The Corner]
Posted 11:56 AM by WiN
I'm not a fan of John McCain's politics, but you can't deny the veracity of this quip he made yesterday at the annual Washington Press Club Foundation congressional dinner (link via James Taranto):
[I]f "Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people," then, considering the remarks coming out of Tinseltown about Iraq, "Hollywood is a Washington for the simpleminded."
Thursday, February 06, 2003
Posted 10:02 AM by WiN
UPDATE: David's Instalanche, graphically speaking.
Posted 9:46 AM by WiN
Japanese-Americans "Endangered Species"
AP is reporting that Rep. Howard Coble (R - Land of Oz) said Tuesday on a call-in radio talk show that he agreed with FDR on the internment camps forced on American citizens of Japanese descent during WW II. He apparently said they were "an endangered species" and that "it wasn't safe for them to be on the street", thereby justifying their being involuntarily confined far from the West Coast. I guess it would have been too much to ask to let them make that decision for themselves.
Now this particular case of "foot-in-mouth disease" might ordinarily have gone pretty much unnoticed except for two things - Trent Lott's recent boneheaded attempt at humor being construed as support for segregation, and the fact that Rep. Coble is the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Now I can see how people who experienced forced internment in a thinly-disguised concentration camp would find this comment disturbing, but in fact the context of his remarks was in refuting a caller's demand that Muslims of Arab descent be given similar treatment due to the current War on Terror® (read: Fanatical Islam).
If he's paying attention, he will apologize quickly and it will be over, for the most part. The problem is, lefties are going to make a Federal Case out of this. Some are already connecting the dots. You see, because of what Coble said, Lott's remarks, the administration's brief on the University of Michigan admittance standards case and the renomination of Judge Pickering(!), the Republicans are against Civil Rights!. Never mind that it was FDR's administration that decided to intern American citizens, that Strom Thurmunds' campaign was a Democratic Party spin-off, that U of M is pro-discrimination and Judge Pickering has been defended over and over again as being adamantly anti-segregationist, even back when it was potentially damaging to one's reputation. Too bad the loony left is so practiced at telling the Big Lie, and Republicans are so spineless in refuting their charges. I can see another spit-storm brewing.
UPDATE: Sorry, I should have mentioned that this whole story is from The Prof, and he also had a link to an excellent example of just what I was talking about as far as how Republicans should be defending themselves.
Posted 8:32 AM by WiN
Bandwagon getting full, picking up speed
The A-I Rottweiler says, "Enough!"
We're trying to be Evil Imperial UNILATERALISTS here, ferchrissakes, our Street Cred is going to PLUMMET if you don't stop joining us, right now!
Posted 8:28 AM by WiN
... and hell followed after
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Posted 2:52 PM by WiN
Allah Speaks - to Nostradumbass
Posted 2:43 PM by WiN
France: Not an Ally
This is ancient news by blogosphere standards, but Richard Perle, chairman of the civilian Policy Advisory Board to the Pentagon, says, "France is no longer the ally it once was."
Now anyone who has followed the Cold War relations between France and the U.S. will not be too surprised at this conclusion. But are the French wimps, good world citizens, or simply selfish cochons? Mark Steyn has the scoop.
Posted 12:38 PM by WiN
MoDo - Barfly
I've had this nagging thought for some time that MoDo reminds me of someone, but I couldn't quite remember...See if you don't agree with Rita.
Posted 12:29 PM by WiN
"the brains of a bug splattered on a windshield"
I love a good Right-Wing rant, don't you?
Posted 9:20 AM by WiN
Carnival of the Vanities XX
The 20th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is up on Plum Crazy [thanks, Lesley!]. Yours truly has a contribution for the first time, and WylieBlog will host the CotV in March. Check it out for mucho blogging goodness - In Our Not-So-Humble Opinion.
UPDATE: My favorites so far -
Posted 8:51 AM by WiN
Powell Spill Beans
Well, Colin Powell has spilled the beans on Iraq. It won't make one whit of difference as far as an action resolution to disarm Saddam coming out of the U.N., but at least all our cards are on the table. Time to do something about it - liberate the Iraqi people and get on with the destruction of the Islamist terror apparatus.
UPDATE: A friend of Den Beste describes the delegates' reaction to Powell's presentation. Exactly what I expected.
Posted 8:39 AM by WiN
Cage Match - Novak vs. Donaldson
No, not really. But, in another CNS News report, the Conservative Political Action Conference sponsored a debate on "Liberal Media Bias" between conservative columnist Robert Novak and ABC news personality Sam Donaldson, moderated by L. Brent Bozell, founder of the conservative Media Research Center.
I wish I could have seen it, I'm sure it was quite entertaining. Here are few choice quotes:
Donaldson: "The idea that wealthy people somehow should be exempt from paying a greater proportional share than the small people who don't make much is an idea that I don't think is American. I don't think it represents what this country stands for."Hmm, I think he has "equal treatment under the law" confused with that "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"* thing. How exactly is it "American" to tax one person over 40% of his income, and another person actually have a net gain from Uncle Sam each year? In short, it simply isn't. How about this one, on the President's tax relief plan and projected deficits:
I don't think we should call that conservative. I don't think you should be proud of that and march behind that idea ... we'll go right back to an economic situation that is unsustainable,"Cutting taxes not conservative? Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Sam, a little secret, conservatives are all about cutting taxes, reducing the size and influence of government, treating people fairly (i.e. without "preferences"). And talk about an "unsustainable" economic situation, let's talk about Social Security, oh, 20 years down the road (if we don't do something now). Can you say "trillion dollar deficits"? Sure, I knew that you could.
Novak apparently had some good zingers for Donaldson, including this one on Donaldson's remarks about the recent election:
"When the Democrats win, it's a mandate and a signal, and when the Republicans win, it really doesn't tell us very much about the country,"Novak also praised Bush for his recent State of the Union address in which the president spoke about wanting to partially privatize Social Security (Novak called Social Security a Ponzi scheme), ban cloning and partial birth abortion.
This is a great idea, and I give Donaldson credit for having the stones to try and defend the media. I hope they do it again.
*Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program, 1874
Posted 7:37 AM by WiN
Abraham Lincoln=Pro Homosexual Rights?
CNS News is reporting that the National Parks Service video shown at the Lincoln Memorial implies that Lincoln would have supported gun control, legalized abortion and homosexual rights and would have been against American involvement in Vietnam. The video, produced by the Discovery Channel, includes footage of many protestors supporting these left-wing causes marching in Washington D.C. while an actor portraying Lincoln provides a voice-over. Some feel that this implies that Lincoln would have supported the causes of the protesters that are shown, carrying pickets saying things like "Gay & Lesbian Sexual Rights," "National Organization for Women" (NOW), "Reagan's Wrongs Equal Women's Rights," "ERA Yes," "Ratify the Era," "Keep Abortion Legal," "I am pro-choice America," "U.S. out Now," "Equal Opportunity for All," "Peace," "Hell No We Won't Go," and "Pass the Brady [Gun Control] Bill Now." Pro-life protesters are shown once in the video, clashing with abortion advocates.
All of this makes me wonder just what the 'voice over' is saying while all this is going on. Probably something like, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other." or perhaps "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." What it almost certainly doesn't say are things like:
"There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law."[all quotes reference this page]
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Posted 3:01 PM by WiN
Iraq War Debate - Blog Style
I must confess I haven't visted TTLB for a while, but he has come up with another one of his wonderful ideas for the war-blogging community - a Cross-Blog Iraq Debate. He's soliciting questions from the Pro-War community to put to the No-War community, which they will answer in their blogs. The No-War community is soliciting their questions here. I have contributed, and I encourage you too, also.
Monday, February 03, 2003
Posted 2:40 PM by WiN
Incident or Omen?
What was your reaction when it was announced that a significant concentration of shuttle debris fell in and around a Texas town named Palestine? If you're like me, it gave you a little inner jolt, like some bizarre connection had been made. And there's a reason for that:
This is what we must all understand; or, at least, all those who, like myself, are struggling to suppress this troubling sense that there was indeed some terrible haunting cosmic omen in the shuttle disaster over Texas. We must begin by understanding just how natural it is to feel this way, precisely because we are all biologically programmed to connect the dots even when the dots have absolutely nothing in common.A thought-provoking essay by Lee Harris at Tech Central Station. [link via Wild Monk, a thought-provoking and well-written blog discovered via a link to his Iraqi-War Personality Test (I scored an 80). He's been dutifully added to the blogroll.]
Posted 12:33 PM by WiN
Sharon to "[S]hatter the ever-growing anti-war movement"
According to Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia [link via James Taranto], Israeli intelligence has been debriefing a former bodyguard of Saddam Hussein, obtaining valuable specifics concerning the Iraqi arsenal of WMD. What does the Israeli government intend to do with this information? Well, for one thing
"(Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon intends to shatter the growing anti-war movement," a source close to Mr. Sharon said.I'd just love to see the look on their faces, and hear their sputtering excuses for why they still won't support action against Iraq. I just hope the whole scene is preserved for posterity.
Posted 8:27 AM by WiN
Some Saudis Wise Up
If the Iraqi regime went away, it will not be mourned and if attacked tomorrow, it is not worth defending. More than any other regime we have known in the 20th century, Iraq has been the biggest source of unrest in the region.Lynn describes it as "incredibly lucid". Read it and see if you don't agree.
Posted 8:10 AM by WiN
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.