Someone once gave a speech at the Arab League and ended by howling "When Arab unity is achieved, Israel will be destroyed!" Everyone cheered wildly. Especially in Tel Aviv.
And what do the Arabs, and Iranians for that matter, mean to do about it? Notwithstanding the recent huffing and puffing at the Arab League’s ministerial conference in Cairo, the short answer is: nothing. The "don’t-touch-Saddam" lobby in Washington and London has made much of two supposed threats. The first is unspecified but supposedly explosive reaction from the Arabs. We can assure tem that there will be none. [ ... ] Over the past few weeks, Arab opposition to military action against Saddam Hussein has crumbled. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the Arabs have now concluded that Washington is no longer bluffing and that President George Bush is determined to topple Saddam Hussein. Arab leaders who have read the "Siasatnameh" (Book of Politics) by the 10th century scholar and statesman Nizam Al-Mulk, remember his celebrated dictum: "A man who sides with a loser is not fit for political office." When you know that the loser in question is also your bitterest enemy you would have even less reason to side with him.
What a pile of shite!
CLINTON HAS THE VISION BUSH LACKS WHAT a performance. What a politician. What a superstar.
He was always a better actor than he was a President. And he'd brought Kevin Spacey along to give him some last-minute prep, so no wonder his acting has improved.
Bill Clinton played the parts of elder statesman, philosopher and world leader at Labour's conference and played them to perfection.
This quote comes you you Pre-Fisked (tm). Right now, Clinton could stand for Labour in the next by-election and get himself a seat in the Commons without breaking a sweat right now. I can almost hear you Americans in the audience cheering at the prospect, but spare a thought for the poor old Tommies, they ARE your allies after all. Imagine the permanent effect of this on Allied relations. Have some pity on a smaller nation! Christopher Hitchens, predictibly enough, lazily reaches out and swats Clinton down, but Hitch has had years of experience at this and demonstrates how it's done.
It was a magnificent speech from a man who is rapidly becoming the greatest figure in world politics, second only, perhaps, to Nelson Mandela.
Yup, it was the return of the fire-off-a-two-million-dollar-missile-at-at-ten-dollar-tent-and-hit-a-camel-in-the-butt kid. The nerve, the gall, the shamelessness! The re-writing of history before the ink was even dry!
How it all came back to me - the tongue ruthlessly roving the cheek; the lip-biting to indicate sincerity; the husky voice; the abject self-deprecation; the incurable habit of speaking for 20 minutes longer than he should. Most amusing, though, was how he made his own foreign policy sound more statesmanlike and judicious than it had ever been. There probably was not a delegate present who would not have been primed to laugh at a George Dubya "cowboy" joke. Yet Mr Clinton's most notorious foreign policy action was to launch a flight of cruise missiles into the outskirts of the city of Khartoum, destroying the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory on the pretence (now acknowledged to have been false) it was a chemical weapons facility.
Well there goes that mouthful of milo!Head over to American RealPolitik for the rest of them on this theme.
Oh those Europeans with their cultured sense of humour, they just slay me. Oh, wait, that's their plan isn't it?
Mrs Duisenberg was asked in a radio program how many signatures she was hoping to collect for her petition. She said: "Oh, perhaps six million" and started laughing loudly.
Amir proceeds to tell them. Whoa Nellie! Is this guy crazier than a loon or what man?
Unfortunately, Muslims seem to have internalised victimhood to the point that we are so desperate for political allies that anyone who claims to be pro-Palestine or anti-Israeli is immediately our friend - regardless of who they are or what other positions they hold. It's that kind of mentality that led some Muslims nowadays to distribute the material of groups such as the White Aryan Nation or David Duke, oblivious to the fact that both entities have written against Muslims with the same vigour as they now write against Jews. It does nothing to help our causes, but it does everything to provide fodder for our opponents to paint us as wackos and conspiracy theorists peddling the sort of illogical gibberish as the "4,000 Israelis didn't turn up to work" nonsense. As such, Australian Muslims should be very wary of aligning themselves with the Citizens Electoral Council. A visit to the CEC web site shows that their chief ideologue is one Lyndon LaRouche, a US-based "physical economist and presidential candidate". Who is this LaRouche guy?
Amir Butler, despite being on the other side, at least has a firm grip on reality and is attempting to persuade other Muslims to come to grips with the concept that just because someone wants to kill the Jews, that doesn't neccessarily make them a useful ally.
"To the extent that my physical powers do not prevent me, I am now confident and capable of ending your [NCLC members'] political - and sexual - impotence; the two are interconnected aspects of the same problem." "The Politics of Male Impotence", Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., (under pen name L. Marcus) NCLC Internal Document, August 16, 1973 "Who is pushing the world toward war? is the forces behind the World Wildlife Fund, the Club of Rome, and the heritage of H.G. Wells and the evil Bertrand Russell." "An Open Letter to President Brezhnev", Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., Executive Intelligence Review, June 2, 1981
In one sense, it makes it a lot easier to dismiss a lot of the rhetoric from the Muslim community when they let themselves get sucked in by racist lunatics. Lord know they have plenty of their own without needing to import any from the West. But I see this as part of the civil war within Islam that ultimately is where the current conflict will be decided. Islamfascists claim to speak on behalf of Islam, and so far not many have dared dispute this in public, or if they have, they haven't been very loud. Extremists make good copy, and nutjobs with guns tend to be a tad intimidating for your average moderate. So when Amir comes along and tries to say something sensible, he should be applauded for it. While it may remove at least one stick we can use to beat them with, in the long run isn't this the sort of development that may make it unneccessary to beat them at all? I realise one swallow doesn't make a summer, but isn't a dose of rationality in the other side encouraging? Right now there are those in the Arab/Muslim world who have the desire and the ability to inflict extremely serious harm on the Western democracies. The military aspect of the current conflict is designed to reduce their ability to do this, but even more important in the long run will be a reduction in their desire to attack us. An undeniable military defeat for Iraq, followed by the establishment of some form of democractic capitalist system there could provide a very useful impetus for some genuine soul-searching by Arabs and Muslims. You'll notice Japan has been very quiet for the past 60 years, ever since Emperor Hirohito won the Understatement of the Century Award by going on the radio and saying "The war has proceeded not neccessarily to Japan's advantage". Their defeat forced a re-think, and a genuine change, which has led to nothing but good results for Japan. The same can happen in the Arab world. I guess I'm just trying to put some positive spin on the old adage that "Once you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow". Just remember, ultimately it's their hearts and minds that matter.
LaRouche is crazy and it is very disturbing to see Muslims climb aboard his wagon. In fact, it is downright embarassing and detrimental to our causes.
And in a slightly earlier post, the fickle Dark Lady of New Jersey is still toying with the affections of her suitors.
Marry me, Mark From Mark Steyn's latest column:[ ... ] (And if anyone has his email address, someone send him along my proposal, will you?)
What should the West do about this problem? Well, we could start by acknowledging it. Fact: Almost all Denmark's rape victims are ethnic Danish girls or women. Fact: An ethnic Danish girl is far more likely to be raped by a Muslim than an ethnic Dane. Fact: Immigration means that more Danish women get raped. You can argue about the way to change these stubborn facts -- curtail immigration vs increase outreach, cut welfare vs educate immigrant parents -- as the People's Party and the Muslim Youth League are doing. These are tenable positions in the debate. But, when you insist someone's a "hatemonger" even for mentioning these awkward demographic trends, you're just trying to shut down the debate: "56% of immigrant m..." Hatemonger! "47% of serious cr..." HATEMONGER!! "68% of reported..." H-A-T-E-M-O-N-G-E-R!!!
Now far be it for me to impugn the good name of a lady, but do you not think that some sort of explaination of this apparently somewhat wanton behaviour is called for? You know, before it all ends in some sort of farce involving me, Meryl, Bill Herbert, Mark Steyn, a large room with french windows, a cupboard big enough to hide in and a confused Vicar (ok, Rabbi) whose trousers keep falling down for completely innocent reasons. On the other hand, if something like that does happen, we could video it and flog the result on the internet on a pay-per-view basis.
Hm. I'm getting more and more willing to organize and/or attend a NJ-area blogger get-together. I'm going to be back in NJ for Thanksgiving, from Wednesday to Saturday (have to come back home Saturday to teach the kids on Sunday). I'll think about it. The only thing I know for sure is that I should be hooking up with former fiancé Bruce Hill (War Now! is gone, but his brother and others at Silent Running take up the torch) around that time, as he'll be in the States for a visit. Hm. Bill, you don't think he's looking to win me back, do you? This could get interesting.
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen, goes the old political saw. For some of us who used to think of ourselves as being on the Left, it's isn't the heat that bothers us. It's the smell.
"As Hitchens looked around him, even in the days after the atrocity, he found something rather different. He found that a deep and lingering hatred of America over-powered some leftists' objection to mass murder. He found excuses for totalitarian hatred. He saw exactly what Orwell had seen in the leftist intelligentsia of his own time: not simply a passivity in the face of evil, but almost an admiration for it. And he was disgusted. Since those first days of shock, the hard Left has merely redoubled its assault on a free society's right to self-defense. The endless series of rationalizations, the opposition to any war to fight terror, now the sad and pathetic moral abdication of those who see president Bush as more of a threat to world order and peace than Saddam Hussein - all these responses, under-written by a simpering, barely concealed anti-Semitism, would be enough to turn anyone's stomach, let alone a good liberal's. At some point, when you look around and see that this is the quality of one's ideological allies, you have to break ranks, if only for the sake of personal moral hygiene."
Okay, try this on for size. America has reacted angrily to new Islamofascist policies of crashing civillian airliners into skyscrapers. Are they dragging all Arabs and Muslims off incoming flights and beheading them on the tarmac? Are all Arabs and Muslims finding themselves in a basement with wires clipped to their reproductive organs? Are all Arabs and Muslims being imprisoned without trial, simply on the basis of their race or religion? Of course not. I don't know if the Malaysian or Pakistani government have been keeping up with current events, but a year and a bit ago, a group of Arab/Muslim males attacked the United States. Of course not all Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, but the terrorists are all Arab/Muslim males. Therefore the US is perfectly entitled to profile such people attempting entry. Profiling is not degrading, it's simply a normal proceedure, and no Arabs or Muslims can seriously suggest it is wrong to do so. If a group of Jewish fanatics had done something similarly horrible, and they continued to pose a threat to the US, then I would expect to be photographed, fingerprinted and my story checked thoroughly on entry. It's a small enough price to pay.
Malaysia and Pakistan have reacted angrily to new American regulations to register people from selected Arab and Muslim countries on arrival in the US. Under the new policy, the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS) will routinely fingerprint, photograph and question potential entrants, checking their pictures and prints against criminal and terrorist databases.
Oh the humanity!
[Malaysia's prime minister] Dr Mahathir said he was upset at the American measures. "Because of the acts of a few people, the whole Muslim world seems to have been labelled," he said. On 16 September, Dr Mahathir's deputy Ahmad Abdullah Badawi was asked to remove his belt and shoes at Los Angeles airport before being allowed to fly on to New York.
David Bonoir - this week's winner of the Mrs Lovejoy Won't Someone PLEASE Think of the Children Award. Lets have a look at the situation on the feild and try to work out what the effect of this latest play is going to be. Okay, Bonoir is a half-bright Michigan pol who represents the 10th Congressional District, but who managed to lose the primary in his state's Gubernotorial race to Jennifer Granholm, despite the support of heavy-hitters such as The Michigan Sierra Club, Michigan Clean Water Action and Friends Of The Earth. It was a poor bet - having abandoned the 10th District for his shot at the big time, Republican Candice Miller is apparently tipped to beat his Democratic replacement Carl Marlinga, the winter book numbers giving her a 55.6% chance. Looks like Dave tried his luck at the top table and rolled snake-eyes. He's not so much a lame duck as a dead one. So he can open his mouth and let the wind blow his tongue around all he likes and it don't make no never mind, as they say in Texas and bad western movies. Okay, that's enough about Lame Duck Dave, how about Jim McDermott from the great state of Washington? He hs a head of white hair that makes him look like a refugee from Christian television, and a perfect score from the League of Conservation voters, but shoot, the winter book numbers indicate that nothing short of the Congressman being videotaped sodomising, murdering and eating an altar-boy (not neccessarily in that order) are going to shift him from the 7th District. It's as close to a lock as possible, 90% chance of re-election. So Jim can say pretty much whatever comes into his head and he'll STILL be back again. Okay, so for various resons, both these US parliamentarians can say what they like without any concerns about re-election. So what the hell are they doing talking trash about their own country on international TV for? According to a press release from McDermott's office, they're "part of a delegation organized by the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq, a project of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and LIFE for Relief and Development, a Michigan charity organization licensed by the United States and the United Nations to administer aid in Iraq." And who is the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq when it's at home? One of the signatories of "The Iraq Peace Pledge", along with such usual suspects as the American Friends Service Committee, Education for Peace in Iraq Center, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Lutheran Peace Fellowship (boy, either the Lutherans I knew have changed beyond recognition, or they're been infiltrated and turned by political activists, gee, which do YOU think is more likely?), the National Network to End the War Against Iraq, Pax Christi USA, Peace Action, the Resource Center for Nonviolence and of course it's no show without Mr Punch - Voices in the Wilderness. And what does the peace pledge home page say? The power of the Campaign of Conscience for the Iraqi People lies in its nonviolent defiance of U.S. law. They want the sanctions lifted. That's it. Nothing about Saddam Hussein dismantling his WMD program, or not being a bloodthirsty sadistical tyrant or anything. It's all America's fault, America has to do this, America should stop doing that, America's bad for supporting something else, blah, blah, blah... Oh, I give up. Look, it's the United States, and they're your Congressmen, you deal with them. But I wouldn't be too happy with someone who did something like this and they were supposed to represent my country.
ABC’s This Week had the most controversial coverage. Host George Stephanopolous interviewed Congressmen Jim McDermott, D-Wash, and David Bonior, D-Mich, live from Baghdad. A seemingly incredulous Stephanopolous heard McDermott claim that the President was misleading the world and that he should take the Iraqis’ word at face value. Bonior brushed aside questions about Saddam Hussein’s past behavior. “We could go back and play the blame game. I wish you would focus on what’s happened to the people of Iraq—the children.” During This Week’s roundtable, George Will called the McDermott-Bonior comments, “The most disgraceful appearance in my lifetime.” ABC’s Michele Martin just shook her head, noting, “This is why the Democrats are having such a hard time.”
Two and a half thousand. Nice one. Gonna try and storm the Winter Palace with two and a half thousand there Sparky?
Thousands of people opposing a war with Iraq marched to the residence of Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday, culminating three days of smaller-than-expected demonstrations. Protesters, some holding signs that said "No Blood for Oil," blamed Cheney for pushing the nation toward war. Police estimated about 2,500 people turned out for the peaceful event.
Where he gave an exclusive interview to the Green-Left People's Anti-Facist Anarcho-Syndicalist Global News Monthly, largely because they were the only publication to send a reporter along. Even then, it was largely because Levy had borrowed their collective's bullhorn and they needed it back. He tried to argue that property was theft, but the reporter was bigger than him...
Demonstrator threats to shut down the nation's capital and disrupt meetings of world financial leaders during the weekend fell flat and all protesters had evaporated from city streets by dusk Sunday. "It's been a highly successful couple of days," said David Levy, who was the only protest organizer to show up for a Sunday morning news conference to evaluate the demonstrations.
Okay people, please spread out, lets try and look like we're a big crowd, if you can touch the person nearest to you, you're too close.
Police had prepared for as many as 20,000 demonstrators, but during the largest event, on Saturday, a much smaller number filled a five-block long stretch of a four-lane street as they shouted opposition to policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which were holding their annual meetings nearby.
Actually for Zoe, the outreach consisted of contracting genital herpes from a Georgetown senior, and in private she admits his tool really just wasn't that huge at all.
"No, we didn't change the state of the global economy," said Zoe Baldwin, 21, a college senior from Garfield, N.J. "The main purpose for most of these demonstrations, it's basically a huge outreach tool."