An outstanding essay. It centers on Arianna Huffington, but she is a good archetype for the anti-freedom types who opposed the war. He takes her down, step by step. This is my favorite part:
America’s domestic critics have not even begun to confront the problems this reality creates. On the contrary, they have compounded them. The following comment by Huffington could have been written for Al Quds: “”[The war] in no way proves that running roughshod over international law and pouring Iraqi oil – now brought to you by the good folks at Halliburton – onto the flames of anti-American hatred was a good idea– The idea that our slamdunk of Saddam actually proves the White House was right is particularly dangerous because it encourages the Wolfowitzes and the Perles and the Cheneys to argue that we should be invading Syria or Iran or North Korea or Cuba as soon as we catch our breath. They’ve tasted blood.”
In other words, the culprits are two bloodthirsty Jews and an oilman. Huffington may not have fully intended this conclusion, but as written here this is sick stuff. It is also common parlance on the left. In fact, given the result of the war, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle – to single out the Jews – are more properly seen as moral heroes than as military predators. They have spent twenty-years toiling in the Defense and Foreign Policy communities to effect the liberation of millions of Shi’ites, who were systematically murdered and oppressed by Saddam’s regime, knowing full well that these very Shi’ites hate them as Jews and would persecute and oppress them if they could. Yet Wolfowitz and Perle persisted in their efforts because they thought it was the right thing to do for America, and the right thing to do for the Iraqis as well.
200 freed Iraqi prisoners of war leave desert camp singing and cheering for President Bush
Before Atheer Abdul-Karim, 25, joined his fellow Iraqis in singing a folk song on board a departing bus, he shouted out: “They paid us 17,000 (Iraqi dinars a month) to fight Americans. I would have killed Saddam for one dollar.”
I bet I could round up a lot of dollars.
No link, huh? It always irked me that the people who claimed that the administration was lying were by, implication, calling Colin Powell a bold-faced liar.
Papers found yesterday in the bombed headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Iraq’s intelligence service, reveal that an al-Qa’eda envoy was invited clandestinely to Baghdad in March 1998.
The documents show that the purpose of the meeting was to establish a relationship between Baghdad and al-Qa’eda based on their mutual hatred of America and Saudi Arabia. The meeting apparently went so well that it was extended by a week and ended with arrangements being discussed for bin Laden to visit Baghdad.
Sowell writes consistently good stuff. This one is superb in that there is no wasted language. Here is a sample:
We need not rely on personal anecdotes, either his or mine. My research, using data from the American Council on Education, showed that black faculty members with the same degrees and publications as white faculty members were receiving higher pay than their white counterparts, as far back as 1969.
Nice article on the facts about DU. Fisk should check it out.
Someone set up us the bomb!
For what have ideals and lofty pronouncements to do with the capture of foreign vessels, the massacre of their crews and the subsequent looting? All that matters is the heady knowledge that there are always greater treasures to be seized. After perhaps the third raid, that was it: This was the lifestyle they had gotten used to, and piracy became the defining principle of their existence. Never could there be any thought of returning to the shores from which they set sail. Others sailing freely and at leisure on the great ocean, which once belonged to everyone, are now all anchored — preoccupied only by the fear that their ship could be next on the Mayflower’s hit list.
How are you Gentlemen?
But what of the small minority on the other ships who resist setting sail on a new course in uncharted waters, driven not by their own best interests but rather the forces of piracy? Yes, they acknowledge, their own ship is not the best place to live a life. But they are nevertheless proud of the fact that it is uniquely theirs, built by their forefathers and proudly maintained for generations against all the odds and against the elements. And after all is said and done, they have 4,000 years of history, not a mere 200.
Move every zig! For great justice!
More on the group Rachel Corrie was associated with.
On Friday, April 11th, 2003, Tom Hurndall was shot in the head. Tom was injured in Rafah, a Palestinian settlement on the border of Egypt. As of this writing, four days later, he lies in a coma in an Israeli hospital in Bersheeba, in serious but stable condition, after a four-hour life-saving operation. Tom was a twenty-one year old university student from Manchester, who majored in photography. He was also an activist for a controversial pro-Palestinian organization called the International Solidarity Movement.
At the time of his injury, Tom Hurndall was armed, wearing tiger fatigues, and shooting at a Israeli Defense Force outpost, taking cover behind a nearby building between shots.
Members of the International Solidarity Movement have also been arrested recently. On March 27th, a counterguerilla squad of the IDF’s Golani brigade was in close pursuit of a leading member of Islamic Jihad, Shadi Sukia, responsible for recruiting several suicide bombers, laying land mines, and sniping. They traced him to a building in Jenin holding an ISM office, but the coordinator, Susan Barcley, refused to let them in. Unfortunately for both ISM and the terrorists, the Israeli Defense Force was not requesting. They entered the office, found the hiding terrorist, and arrested both him and Barcley.
While the International Solidarity Movement coordinator later claimed she did not know Sukia was a terrorist, this does not excuse her refusal to cooperate with the IDF. And it most certainly does not excuse what the IDF found in a search of the International Solidarity Movement’s premises – a pistol and a cache of Kalashnikov rifles.
A very good, well documented article. You need to be aware of what this seditious group is doing.