Just kill him, and then negotiate with a real leader. I am not kidding. Bullets solve problems with people who respect nothing but force.
When the LA Times can run the headline
Arab Summit Bogs Down; Palestinians Stage Walkout
with a brief description underneath that states: ‘Arafat isn’t allowed to give speech via satellite, prompting delegation’s exit. Dispute overshadows Saudi leader’s call for peace.’
and then it mentions- and mind you, only then, it mentions: Attack in Israel Kills 19, Hurts 100,
it is a simple sign that we are a nation whose priorities are not clear. Or maybe it is a clear sign that the opinion leaders of our nation are drowning in filthy relativism and moral equivocation, and they no longer understand right from wrong. I do not pretend to be some sort of moral absolutist- I have never agreed with the cultural imperialists within the right wing of the Republican party- libertarian leanings lead me to believe their intervention into my individual liberties in the name of their God are morally and legally improper. I am now a rare breed- I am a Disciple of Christ- the most moderate of Christians, I am a libertarian leaning member of the Republican party in West Virginia, and I am now a strident and outspoken defender of the state of Israel. I was not born that way.
I do not defend Israel because I have a particular affinity for Jews- making blanket positive assertions about Jews is as stupid as making blanket negative assumptions about any race or religion. However, I find that I must defend Israel because despite the attempts of the PLO, the attempts of the anti-Semites in our ranks, and the attempts of Arab nations (Check Little Green Footballs for the range and depth of the filthy lucre of the disgusting house of Saudi) of the middle east to create a fog of war, there is a simple right and wrong, and it should be abundantly clear whose side represents right. We, and by we I mean the United States, sat by and let millions be massacred- were it not for our obligations to the Communist Stalin in promising a second front, who knows how long it would have been before the United States would have entered the European front. There are those who like to wash their hands of the knowledge that the Holocaust was not known by our leaders at an early point in the war, but we know now that our leaders knew, and we know now with absolute clarity what happened in Bergen-Else, in Dachau, and in the myriad of other gas ovens where a vast number of people met a gruesome and untimely death because of their religious beliefs and the inaction of others- chiefly us.
We want to act like a mature state. We shirk criticism from the waning leaders of hegemony past- when France whines, we make jokes about peasant farmers attacking McDonalds. When Germans bitch, we yell out “Marshall Plan.” When the Brits find it necessary to criticize us, we point out that we are the only true allies they have (which is only partially true- Canada, NZ, and Australia have a proud and valiant tradition of always being there when asked to be there). But that is pointless in light of what is currently going on now.
There is a war going on. A war against people whose only sin is to exist- and to exist in the safe haven that WE, as members of the United Nations, created for them, because we were asleep at the switch the first time around.
If a hillbilly from West Virginia can see this, why it is not clear to everyone else is baffling. We have an obligation to Israel and the Israelis. They are a democracy. They are a freedom loving people. They are our allies. They have within their society the seed of everything that is right within our society- the desire to exist peacefully with their neighbors, the notion of self-rule without any of the disgusting traces of theocracy, autocracy, or divine rule, and a sense of human rights. We owe them a debt from the past- a debt that will not be paid in full until the history of man is just that- history. We can not let them down again, and to do so is to abdicate everything that is great about our nation. And I will not let that happen, so help me.[/End Rant]
I was just speaking with a normally reasonable friend, and she said something that just sent me through the roof. Normally we do not talk about politics, simply out of avoiding difficulties. However, someone mentioned the latest suicide bombing at the seder, and my friend stated that “it was unfortunate.”
It was then that I realized that everyone is part of the problem until they become outspoken critics of the latest violence, and until they gain some much needed perspective. So, in case anyone is reading this and does not understand what I am talking about, let me make things abundantly clear:
When it rains during a picnic, it is unfortunate.
When your team does not make the Sweet 16, it is unfortunate.
When you do not get the raise you wanted, it is unfortunate.
When you stub your big toe on the cedar chest on the way to the bathroom, it is unfortunate.
When someone straps 50 lbs of explosives to themselves, walks into a hotel lobby where hundreds of unsuspecting innocents are getting ready to have a celebration, and then pushes a button causing the explosives to detonate, killing 20, wounding hundreds, creating a devil’s brew of blood, furniture, and body parts, it is not unfortunate.
It is COLD BLOODED murder. Until people get this through their thick skulls (CAIR? Arab League?), we are going to have issues.
This can not be excused, can not be explained away, and can not go unpunished.
27 March, 2002. The day that George W. Bush violated his oath of office.
National Review has a new web design, and it is busy and annoying and gives me a headache. For extra pleasure, the columns are super wide and a pain in the arse to read. Thanks, guys.
Tom Friedman, another NY Times columnist, on free speech:
The Saudi poet, Abdul Mohsen Musalam, in his poem “The Corrupt on Earth,” published March 10 in the newspaper Al-Madina, wrote: “It is sad that in the Muslim world, justice is suffering from a few judges who care for nothing but their bank accounts and their status with the rulers.” He then added with amazing bluntness about the judges: “Your beards are smeared with blood. You indulge a thousand tyrants and only the tyrant do you obey.”
Not only did the Saudi interior minister throw Mr. Musalam in jail for this poem, but his editor, Mokhtar al-Fal, was fired. So what’s my dilemma? I should be all for free speech – right? – especially in Saudi Arabia.
Not so fast. By accident, I met this poet on a recent trip to Saudi Arabia and I tasted some other free speech he has in him. Readers may recall that I noted in an earlier column that at one newspaper I visited in Saudi Arabia, I walked out after being told that the source of all the problems today was that “the Jews control America.”
Instructive, isn’t it? He actually admits that he may be inclined to be against free speech, if he does not agree with what is being said. Charming.
Poor Mr. Nick Kristoff gets Mr. Lilek’s dander up and pays the price- In other words, Lileks has a new screed up.
Kristoff = Italics, Lileks = Bold
It also turns out that a British organization, Indict, is already pursuing an indictment against Saddam for war crimes.
And the Belgian organization Frown is already drafting plans to mount an international campaign of scowling, which will force his regime to divert precious resources to rubber chickens, joy-buzzers and Singing Telegram Gorillas to improve their standing abroad. Meanwhile, the French organization Surrender is drafting plans to cede Marseilles to whomever wants it, just in case.
Need I mention the plans of an American organization, Depose? They’re known informally as the Armed Services.
Go read this and try not to be furious. I printed it out (34 pages) and read it during dinner (clam pesto), and I almost choked with anger while eating. I have not been as irritated after reading something since the Lantos report last week.
Something has got to be done about the ten o’clock time slot on the cable news networks. The choice between Alan Keyes on MSNBC, Greta van Muppet on Fox, and Aaron Brown on CNN is not a choice, really. It is the cable networks saying “$%[email protected]#! you!” Generally, I watch Keyes, but only if I am really alert and remember to turn down the volume during commercials so I do not have to listen to the ‘Alan Keyes is making sense promos.’
Speaking of Alan Keyes, James Zogby was on tonight debating someone, and Zogby came off as a pompous ass apologist. He had the nerve to say that the Israelis were hampering peace, because while the Arab nations were meeting to offer a legitimate peace, Israel was holding down Arafat. I almost fell out of my chair. Check out the transcript tomorrow for a good laugh.
*** Update ***
Now he just filibustered for an apology because someone said something insensitive about his religion.
The incompetence of the Arab/Palestinian handling of Israel is mind-numbing. Do they really think they can ‘spin’ their way into genocide, and we will do nothing? Do they really think anyone with half a barin takes them seriously? Is their really anyone out there (who does not have explosives strapped to themself) who believes that the Arab League is honestly interested in peace with Israel? Seriously? Can anyone even say those words without snickering at how stupid they sound?
Ghaddaffi just called for the unilateral disarmament of Israel (neat trick- since Arafat really isn’t in control of Hamas or Aqsa- Wink, wink), Jordan most recently sided with Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War, Syria is doing their damndest to remove the ‘normalization’ language… Oh never mind. You know all the crap they are pulling.
Justin Raimondo climbs out of his hole (no link love from me, anti-war boy) long enough to declare that neocons are trying to drive us into war with anyone/everyone.
If you are unfamiliar with what a jackass Raimondo is, he spends the first half of his essay quoting Chris Matthews and Dana Milbank, who were widely ridiculed by me and many others (Ruffini, Domenench, the Vodkapundit) for their particularly sloppy work and ridiculous insinuationas and ruminations regarding this issue. And they are the basis of Raimondo’s hysterical ramblings.
Chris Matthews is right that this administration is led by a bunch of “oil patch veterans” who have a “sense of entitlement” to the oil reserves of the Persian Gulf. He is also wise to the fact that a war on Iraq can only benefit Israel, and that the neocons are more than ready to sell American interests down the river if that is what Israel requires. It scares him that a cabal of ideologues who revel in the idea of waging World War IV has worked its way into the White House, and is being given the run of the place. As well it should.
The rest of the piece is an Eric Altermanesque attack on Jonah Goldberg, and of course, his mother, Lucianne. Apparently punk Raimondo, when not sneering over his cigarette, has nothing better to do than to hassle people on Lucianne’s message board.
Yawn. I think he is merely hit-whoring again, and I hope Jonah does not take the bait.