"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Monday, May 31, 2004

Why We Should Remember What We Remember Today
Chicago Sun-Times
...Fly the flag. Wrench yourself away from the TV to tell your children that the reason they are not going to school today is because we are remembering the fallen soldiers. Tell them how, if those farm boys hadn't left their fields, taken their muskets and faced the British army, we might still be a colony. Tell them that if U.S. Rangers hadn't gone up those cliffs at Normandy, into the teeth of the German machineguns, then the Nazis might still be there. That the world, terrible as it often is, could be far worse, and throughout history it was the United States soldier who placed his life between us and the onslaught of tyranny. Remember the fallen soldiers as if they were your father, your brother, your sister, your son. Because they are.
Recalling a Time When Setbacks Didn't Deter Us
by Mark Steyn
...There is something not just ridiculous but unbecoming about a hyperpower 300 million strong whose elites -- from the deranged former vice president down -- want the outcome of a war, and the fate of a nation, to hinge on one freaky jailhouse; elites who are willing to pay any price, bear any burden, as long as it's pain-free, squeaky clean and over in a week. The sheer silliness dishonors the memory of all those we're supposed to be remembering this Memorial Day...

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Good Soldiers
by Jack Kelly
...What really happened in Fallujah was a great deal different from what was portrayed in the news media, said Robert Kaplan of The Atlantic Monthly, the only reporter embedded with the Marine company (Bravo, 1st Battalion of the 5th Regiment) that led the advance into the heart of the city in the pre-dawn darkness of April 6. The Marines won the battle in the streets, only to lose it in the news accounts, Kaplan said in an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal May 27...
Eye on the Media: Just like Stalingrad
by Bret Stephens
...The point here is not that Bush has a flawless or even a good record or that his critics don't have their points. The point is that, at this stage in his presidency, Bush cannot credibly be described as some kind of world-historical disaster on a par with James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover, nor can he credibly be accused of the things of which he is accused. This brings us to our second hypothesis, which is that his critics are insane...
Dawn of the Daddy State
by Paul Starobin
...In short, we are at the dawn of a popularly sanctioned movement toward greater authoritarianism in the domain of what is now fashionably called "homeland security." As Thomas Hobbes explained in his mid-seventeenth-century treatise Leviathan (a work that can be read as a primer on homeland security), there is no real contradiction in the idea of authoritarianism as a choice. In a proverbial state of nature, man willingly gives up some portion of his liberty to a sovereign as the only conceivable protector of his life and property. During times of relative quiet and prosperity it is easy to forget that this sort of bargain exists—but in times of danger, woe to the sovereign that neglects its duty to protect...
Breeding Terror
by Michelle Malkin
...The Justice Department's inspector general this month released a disturbing report that exposed federal prisons as a fertile breeding ground for terrorists. It was a red alert on a bureaucratic failure that jeopardizes not only other inmates and prison employees, but also the country at large. Yet it got next to no notice...

Saturday, May 29, 2004

My Childish View of a Nasty America is Still Popular
by Charles Moore
As with most British people, my first impressions of America were formed by [BBC]television...I therefore thought that America was very violent and very backward...As a result, I understood very little about America. Today, we are presented with a similar narrative...that America is bullying and naive about the outside world. It is very keen on killing people. George W Bush is taken to embody these characteristics, since he wears cowboy boots and is inarticulate and prays a lot. (Fine for Muslims to pray, not for Christians)...
Forgotten Christians
by Anders Strindberg
Not all displaced Palestinians are Muslims...Christians find themselves under the hammer of the Israeli occupation to no less an extent than Muslims, yet America—supposedly a Christian country—stands idly by because its most politically influential Christians have decided that Palestinian Christians are acceptable collateral damage in their apocalyptic quest...
Bill Cosby Stands Behind Critical Comments
by George E. Curry
...Cosby deplored the glorification of a pimp mentality, placing more emphasis on athletics than academics and celebrating rap videos on BET. "I am talking about parenting. It is time for us to turn the mirror around. We have to take back the neighborhood"...The following are additional excerpts from Cosby's speech...

Friday, May 28, 2004

New Evidence: Saddam's WMD in Lebanon
World Net Daily
Over the last few months, the U.S. intelligence community has received new evidence of a sizable amount of Iraqi WMD systems, components and platforms were transferred to Syria in the weeks leading up to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service...intelligence sources said the Syrians kept dual-use nuclear components for themselves while transferring the more incriminating material to Lebanon.
United States: Counterterrorism Offensive at Full Throttle?
Strategic Forecasting
An increase in arrests of suspected militants and in calls for extradition of Islamists in Europe demonstrate that the U.S. government is pulling out all stops in an attempt to disrupt final planning -- and/or execution -- of a major terrorist attack within the United States this summer...
Patriotism and Populism in Journalism
by Jonah Goldberg
...In 1987, for example, Peter Jennings and CBS' Mike Wallace explained on a PBS show that they wouldn't warn American troops they were about to be ambushed. When Wallace was asked if saving American lives might be a higher duty than getting 30 seconds of videotape, he snapped back: "No. You don't have a higher duty. No. No. You're a reporter!"...
The Dumbing Down of America
by Neal Boortz
...I’ve come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50% of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Saddam's Files
OpinionJournal
Coalition forces have found--literally--millions of documents... These papers are still being sorted, translated and absorbed, but they are already turning up new facts about Saddam's links to terrorism. We realize that even raising this subject now is politically incorrect. It is an article of faith among war opponents that there were no links whatsoever--that "secular" Saddam and fundamentalist Islamic terrorists didn't mix.
The reason to care goes beyond the prewar justification for toppling Saddam and relates directly to our current security...There's no single "smoking gun," but there sure is a lot of smoke...
Gore Goes Ga-Ga
by John Podhoretz
...Gore's speech is the single craziest political performance of my lifetime, and I use the word "craziest" advisedly...The indiscipline shown by the sheer endlessness of Gore's address is a reflection of the psychic morass in which he has become mired...A man who was very, very nearly president of the United States has been reduced to sounding like one of those people in Times Square with a megaphone screaming about God's justice. It is almost impossible to believe that this man was once vice president of the United States...
The Media Ignored the President's Speech
by Joe Scarborough
For months, the media has attacked the president for failing to communicate a clear message on Iraq. And yet news of the president's major policy speech on that subject was met with almost complete indifference by the most powerful newspapers in America...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

The President's Speech
by Tony Blankley
[A Fox News reporter] condescendingly observed that it must have escaped the White House's attention that the war college where Mr. Bush was to speak was close to Gettysburg, Pa.,where Abraham Lincoln delivered his magnificent Gettysburg Address, compared with which Mr.Bush's speech would doubtlessly be found wanting...But it is worth remembering that Lincoln's rhetorical masterpiece in November of 1863 did not save him from savage calumnies and despair by the following summer of 1864...
Al Qaeda’s Presidential Campaign
by Dick Morris
...The terrorists have always shown a proclivity for participation in the democratic process by distinctly undemocratic means...Now it is evident that the terrorists in Iraq are trying to do to Bush what their Shiite brethren did to Carter. By manipulating the pace and ferocity of their guerrilla war, they are moving the poll numbers in America more surely than the combined efforts of the Kerry campaign and his allies...Bush’s only way to frustrate their efforts is to deny them a target...
Connecting the Organizational Dots for Successful Government in Iraq
by George Will
...The ally America needs in Iraq is Iraq. That is, an Iraqi government to which a majority consents and some minority factions defer, however sullenly. Other factions must be violently suppressed with, the president earnestly hopes, significant help from new Iraqi forces seen to be working in tandem with elected Iraqi authorities. "You must first," said Madison in Federalist 51, "enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself." First things first.
Why Won't the Bush Administration Tell Us the Truth About Terrorism?
by Bill O'Reilly
...So let's connect some dots here. Bin Laden will murder any way he can. That's a given. Saddam was training terrorists and helped top Al Qaeda-linked guy Zarqawi, who continues to kill Americans. That's what President Bush should have told the nation last night because those facts are solid and have a direct meaning to us all. We are now fighting terrorism as a divided nation. That's not going to cut it. Bin Laden actually predicted America would falter in the face of his violence and sees us as decadent and cowardly...

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

America, Recuse Thyself!
by P.J. O'Rourke
John Kerry says America shouldn't cut and run. George Bush says America mustn't. But we don't have to retreat ignominiously from the war on terrorism and from our other international responsibilities and commitments; we can recuse ourselves. We can explain to the court of global public opinion that, because America possesses the largest economy, the widest network of business relationships, and the only effective military force on earth, we have too great a vested interest in world events to render fair and impartial judgment. On every issue of geopolitical adjudication, from 9/11 to the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, America is a jury of cops and crime victims. A change in venire has already been called for by noisy street protestors, France and suchlike. Let's accede to the pre-emptory challenge and go home...
An Open Letter to American Media: Enough Is Enough
ChronWatch
The following '''Open Letter to American Media'' was written by Dr. Ted Miller, a professor of military studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. In it, he expresses the frustration many of us feel about our mainstream media's seeming bias against their own country...
Hyping Liberal Radio’s Rise, But Not Its Fall
Media Research Center
After barrels of ink and hours of breathless TV promotion, the Air America radio network has gone from its media boost to a quick bust. After just two weeks, the six-station network went off the air in Chicago and Los Angeles on April 14. By April 27, CEO Mark Walsh had left. On May 7, co-founder Evan Cohen signed off. On May 10, the network disbanded its Chicago and Los Angeles sales offices, laying off 15 to 20 people...

Monday, May 24, 2004

President Outlines Steps to Help Iraq
by President George W. Bush
Since the broadcast networks did not carry the President's long-anticipated speech, the text is offered here. President Bush discusses a five-step plan for transferring the governance of Iraq and supporting the development of a democratic process.
Quagmire's in Washington, not Fallujah
by Jules Crittenden
At a time when the American press and Congress were focused on the abuse of Iraqi detainees, at least one man remained focused on the fundamental issue of the war in Iraq. His silver-bullet words of wisdom were spoken in Arabic, in Fallujah, where questions of life and death dominate the agenda. Yet those words got short shrift in the press...
The Disgrace of the United Nations
by Nat Hentoff
Only 10 years after the genocide in Rwanda -- a horror that Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, the head peacekeeper at the United Nations, could have stopped -- Human Rights Watch, at the beginning of May, delivered to the U.N. General Assembly a detailed report from the killing grounds in Darfur, a province of Sudan that is becoming thenew Rwanda. So what did the august U.N. Security Council do to stop this genocide -- as it utterly failed to do in 1994 when 800,000 Rwandan citizens were massacred? Nothing...
Floor Statement on the Situation at Abu Ghraib prison
by Senator Zell Miller
...Those who are wringing their hands and shouting so loudly for "heads to roll" over this seem to have conveniently overlooked the fact that someone's head HAS rolled - that of another innocent American brutally murdered by terrorists. Why is it? Why is it that there’s more indignation over a photo of a prisoner with underwear on his head than over the video of a young American with no head at all?...

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Clown Commission
by Jack Kelly
...The one thing we can be certain of is that within days of its filing on July 26, the report of the 9/11 commission will be filed away unread, its "findings" -- whatever they will be -- ignored by one and all. As far as this group of clowns is concerned, that will be an appropriate result. Their opinions -- quite literally -- will not be worth the paper they are printed on. But the commission's failure is a tragedy. There needed to be a serious examination of the institutional problems which contributed to the success of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and now there won't be one...
The Search for People of Mass Destruction
by Thomas L. Friedman
..."I don't think the P.M.D.'s are really a product of local Iraqi resentment against us," says Raymond Stock, an expert on Arabic literature and media based in Cairo. "They are mainly imported cookie-cutter killers, created by a combination of Arab mass media, certain extremist elements in Muslim culture, and some very shrewd recruiting by Al Qaeda and its ilk. When young, angry, futureless, sexually repressed people are taught that death is a permanent vacation of guilt-free pleasure, and they see it glorified in countless videos, all you need is a willing truck driver to ferry them over the border from Syria, Jordan, Turkey or Saudi Arabia and presto — a human bomb"...
The Genocide Before Our Eyes
Chicago Tribune
In the past year marauding gangs in Sudan known as janjaweed, acting on behalf of the central government, have killed as many as 30,000 people in the western province of Darfur. Machetes are the weapons of choice, but government war planes often pitch in to assist the slaughter...That's right. Sudan is a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights...
Religious Persecution in Vietnam
by David Thibault
The Vietnamese communist government's alleged murder of hundreds of tribal Christians requires a response by the U.S. government, but any effort to sanction Vietnam is being blocked by Sens. John Kerry and John McCain, according to a Washington, D.C. human rights group..."The people can't take any more. They said, 'sooner or later, we're going to die. But before we die, we have to let the world know'"...
Al Qaeda's Next Strike
by Fred Burton
...In our last Terrorism Intelligence Weekly, Stratfor discussed improvements in intelligence-gathering efforts that have aided the ability of Western governments to predict or pre-empt attacks. At the same time, however, the threat within the continental United States -- where al Qaeda is likely to attempt a major strike before the presidential elections -- also has intensified. Logic dictates that Washington, New York, Dallas, Houston or Austin, Texas, could be targeted in an attack that quite possibly would involve a "dirty bomb"...

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Obscene Gloating Over US Failures in Iraq
by Cathy Young
Are some Americans, including journalists, rooting for the enemy while their country is at war?...The May 15 issue of the British magazine The Spectator published an article by Daily Telegraph correspondent Tony Hamden, recounting a conversation he had with an unnamed "American magazine journalist of serious accomplishment and impeccable liberal credentials." According to Hamden, "Not only had she 'known' the Iraq war would fail, but she considered it essential that it did so because this would ensure that the 'evil' George W. Bush would no longer be running her country. Her editors back on the East Coast were giggling, she said, over what a disaster Iraq had turned out to be. 'Lots of us talk about how awful it would be if this worked out.' " Hamden goes on to say that when he asked the woman if "thousands more dead Iraqis would be a good thing," her answer was, essentially, yes...
About Those Iraqi Weapons...
by William Kristol
The inspectors never were able to account for all of Saddam's weapons. So the question is, what happened to them?...Where did the sarin come from?...How did Jordanian terrorists apparently obtain chemical weapons?...Who is killing Iraqi weapons scientists?...What has Charles Duelfer discovered?... The inspectors never were able to account for all of Saddam's weapons. So the question is, what happened to them?...
Time for straight talk about radical Islam
by Andrew McCarthy
We are now well into the third year of what is called the "war on terror." That is the language we all use, and it is ubiquitous...It is the way we explain the nature of the menace that we are striving to defeat. But is it accurate? Does it make sense? More important, does it serve our purposes? Does it make victory more identifiable, and hence more attainable? I humbly suggest that it fails on all these scores...

Friday, May 21, 2004

Sacred Murder
by David Frum
...You often hear people say that the Islamic world needs a “Reformation.” Alas, in many ways, Islamic extremism is the Muslim “Reformation.” Al Qaeda and its ideological supporters are rejecting a thousand years of interpretation - interpretation that has tended to soften the often harsh Koranic text - to return to the bald words of Islamic scripture...
Bill Cosby: Poor Blacks Can't Speak English
World Net Daily
In the presence of NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and other African-American leaders, comedian Bill Cosby took aim at blacks who don't take responsibility for their economic status, blame police for incarcerations and teach their kids poor speaking habits...Cosby said, according to Leiby: "Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids – $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics'...

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sarin Discovery Deserved More Than a Blasé Response
by Collin Levey
...The extraordinary part was the tizzy the media and various noteworthies were in to discount it. It hadn't been but a few hours since the news broke when former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix grabbed a microphone somewhere to huff that the discovery meant nothing. Others briskly offered that the shell was more likely the bounty of a scavenger hunt by yahoos who didn't even know what they had. But like the memo informing the Bush administration that Osama bin Laden was maybe possibly thinking about using planes to ill effect, the discovery of a potential weapon of mass terror in Iraq is a warning we could regret missing in hindsight...
Beaten By Lies and al-Jazeera
by Ralph Peters
In Iraq last month, I learned a great deal about the future of combat. By watching TV. During the initial fighting in Fallujah, I tuned in al-Jazeera and the BBC. At the same time, I was getting insider reports from the battlefield, from a U.S. military source on the scene and through Kurdish intelligence. I saw two different battles. The media weren't reporting. They were taking sides. With our enemies. And our enemies won. Because, under media assault, we lost our will to fight on...
Blind Faith
by Irshad Manji
...religion is no innocent bystander in the violence perpetrated by Muslims. Just as moderate Christians and Jews acknowledge the nasty side of their holy texts, modern Muslims ought to come clean about how our sacred script informs terror. One can argue that certain passages are being politically exploited--and, indeed, they are. The point is, however, that they couldn't be exploited if they didn't exist...
A National Disgrace, Continued
New York Post
The 9/11 Commission completed two days near the scene of the crime yesterday, doing what it does best: grandstanding. Convened at the New School University, the commission sure did put on a show: heart-rending video, dramatic finger-pointing, weeping relatives of victims - and histrionics so out-of-control that audience members had to be carted out by security guards. Substance? Forget about it...

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Gore's Elk Hills/Occidental Oil Scandal: Bigger Than Teapot Dome?
by Michael Savage
[Former] Vice President Al Gore endorsed the sale of a government oil field in 1998, the largest sale of federal property in the history of the U.S. government. The Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve, located near Bakersfield, California, was established in 1912 to help fuel Navy ships. President Clinton proposed the sale in 1995 saying the oil field no longer served a military purpose!...
Sarin? What Sarin?
by William Safire
...You never saw such a rush to dismiss this as not news. U.N. weapons inspectors whose reputations rest on denial of Saddam's W.M.D. pooh-poohed the report. "It doesn't strike me as a big deal," said David Kay...In this rush to misjudgment, we can see an example of the "Four Noes" that have become the defeatists' platform...
A Marine Sees What Defeatists Don't
by Ben Connable
...Nothing any talking head will say can deter me or my fellow Marines from caring about the people of Iraq, or take away from the sacrifices of our comrades. Fear in the face of adversity is human nature, and many people who take the counsel of their fears speak today. We are not deaf to their cries; neither do we take heed. All we ask is that Americans stand by us by supporting not just the troops, but also the mission. We'll take care of the rest.
Stop the Moral Equivalence
by Garry Kasparov
...In this fight the enemy does not play by our rules, or by any rules at all. WMD will be in terrorist hands eventually; conventional wisdom recognizes this reality. Concessions and negotiations at best only delay catastrophe. Europe and its people are in this war whether they acknowledge it or not. Those who would appease terrorists must realize that by pretending that this battle does not exist, they will soon have blood on their hands--both real and metaphorical.
Same-Sex Marriage Is Just the Beginning, Conservatives Warn
by Susan Jones
...it's just a matter of days until the "natural and legal definition of marriage will be attacked through lawsuits filed by homosexual couples seeking recognition for their Massachusetts' 'marriages' in every other state in the union"...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Media Off the Mark with Rumsfeld Potshots
by John O'Sullivan
...In the last week the coverage of Iraq by the U.S. media has exhibited at least four separate failings...Admittedly, reporters and editors make mistakes. But when all the mistakes are on the side of opposing the liberation of Iraq, and none of the mistakes favor the United States or Britain or Bush or Blair, it tells you something. Namely, which side they're on.
The Hyena Press
by Thomas Sowell
...What we are seeing in the media today is a degeneracy that is by no means confined to the media, and is indeed actively promoted in many of our schools that are busy breaking down moral standards instead of educating children...
The News Media and Nick Berg
by Dennis Prager
For those who still doubt that ideology guides most of the world's major news media, the reporting of the Islamic ritual murder of Nick Berg provided textbook examples of an almost universally leftist bias. News media have essentially become propaganda organs for anti-Americanism...

Monday, May 17, 2004

Who Is Abu Zarqawi?
by Robert S. Leiken & Steven Brooke
...He masterminded not only Berg's murder but also the Madrid carnage on March 11, the bombardment of Shia worshippers in Iraq the same month, and the April 24 suicide attack on the port of Basra. But he is far from a newcomer to slaughter. Well before 9/11, he had already concocted a plot to kill Israeli and American tourists in Jordan. His label is on terrorist groups and attacks on four continents...
The Left and the Nick Berg Beheading Video
by Aaron Goldstein
When it comes to Nicholas Berg, who was brutally executed by al Qaeda terrorists, the left wing periodicals are either silent or are content to blame the usual suspects – the United States and Israel...
The Scandals at Abu Ghraib...and at the New York Times
by Nicholas Stix
A nation that would wallow in remorse over an Abu Ghraib, is a nation that is unfit to defend itself...
John Kerry’s ‘Seamless Garment’
by Matt C. Abbott
John Kerry opposes the death penalty, but supports abortion. President Bush supports the death penalty, but opposes abortion. Which of the two is more in line with Catholic teaching?...

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Can America Survive Same-Sex Marriage?
by Samuel Silver
... this critical debate is not truly between homosexuals and heterosexuals; it is between two opposing worldviews, one secular and the other religious. On a micro level the victims of same-sex marriage will be our children, but on a macro level, our free society will be the ultimate victim...
Maryland's Ehrlich Nails It On Multiculturalism 'Bunk'
by John Gizzi
Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich of Maryland, generally considered a moderate in a liberal state, cheered conservatives when he spoke out against multiculturalism last week, denouncing it as "bunk" while appearing on a local radio show..."With regard to this culture, English is the language," said Ehrlich. "Can [immigrants] obviously honor their ethnic traditions and languages at home and other places? Of course. They are not mutually exclusive. The point here is there is a major distinction between ethnic pride, which is appropriate, and multiculturalism, which is damaging to the society in my view"...
It's America's War
by David Gelernter
These are times when President Bush and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld could probably use some encouragement. They should ponder a short note by Anthony Eden to Winston Churchill. It was May 1941 and World War II was going badly..."My dear Winston," Eden wrote, "This is a bad day; but tomorrow Baghdad will be entered, Bismarck sunk. On some day the war will be won, and you will have done more than any other man in history to win it." By "tomorrow" he meant "soon"; his predictions all came true. But for now, it is indeed a bad day...

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Europe En Route to Islamic Takeover
by Daniel Pipes
'Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam.'' So declares Oriana Fallaci in her new book, La Forza della Ragione (''The Force of Reason''). And the famed Italian journalist is right: Christianity's ancient stronghold of Europe is rapidly giving way to Islam. Two factors mainly contribute to this world-shaking development...

Want a Different Abu Ghraib Story? Try This One
by Daniel Henninger
...Quite obviously it has been decided, as the handling of the Abu Ghraib story makes plain, that when America stumbles, we are going to have our faces rubbed in it. And rubbed in it and rubbed in it. As far as I can make out, the purpose of this two weeks of media humiliation is that we--the president, all of us--are being asked to morally prostrate ourselves before the rest of the world. Some may choose to do so, but this story should make a few Americans want to simply stand up straight again...

Friday, May 14, 2004

Myths of Iraq
by Fred Barnes
We've all heard those classic myths of the Iraq debate that just won't go away. First, President Bush is said to have called Iraq under Saddam Hussein an "imminent" threat and, second, the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda has never been substantiated. Both are laughably false. And now there are more myths about the Iraq war, more subjective than the two classics, but still untrue.
Don't Follow a Script Written by the Terrorists
by Collin Levey
...The hooded men who sawed Berg's neck for the cameras didn't do it because they were shocked or outraged by our treatment of prisoners. (Does anyone take this idea seriously?) They executed him because we were shocked and outraged and because they hoped that, wallowing in our own scandal, we would blame ourselves for his death. Hey, it worked with Spain, didn't it?
Libya Agrees to End Military Trade With North Korea, Syria, Iran
NewsMax.com Wires
...In Tripoli, the Libyan foreign ministry formally announced "it will not deal with any products or military services with countries it considers as a source for weapons of mass destruction." The move is in line with a decision by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to steer the country toward the good graces of the United States and the West by abandoning major weapons programs...

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Why the West is Fighting – and Why it Must Win
Telegraph.co.uk
If anything could have been calculated to put the torture scandal in Abu Ghraib prison into perspective, it was the video of hooded and masked al-Qa'eda terrorists beheading an American civilian...This particular image tells every American, more eloquently than any presidential address, what is at stake in this conflict. It is the answer to those who say that the war in Iraq has nothing to do with the war against terror. It is the answer to all who deny the implacable and murderous hostility of radical Islamism towards the West in general, and America in particular. It is the answer to those who posit a bogus moral equivalence between the two sides in this conflict...
War and Peace
by Jose Ramos-Horta
...As a Nobel Peace laureate, I, like most people, agonize over the use of force. But when it comes to rescuing an innocent people from tyranny or genocide, I've never questioned the justification for resorting to force. That's why I supported Vietnam's 1978 invasion of Cambodia, which ended Pol Pot's regime, and Tanzania's invasion of Uganda in 1979, to oust Idi Amin. In both cases, those countries acted without U.N. or international approval -- and in both cases they were right to do so. It is always easier to say no to war, even at the price of appeasement. But being politically correct means leaving the innocent to suffer the world over, from Phnom Penh to Baghdad. And that is what those who would cut and run from Iraq risk doing.
The Unedited Nick Berg Video
A brief biography, a translation of the text read by the murderers, and a link to the unedited video are offered. The murder is in the same style as that of journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Nick Berg's Murder
New York Post
...the massacre of Nick Berg had nothing to do with Abu Ghraib. Instead, this slaying was about the war against the West in general - and America, in particular. Indeed, the beheading may have been carried out personally by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a top aide of Osama bin Laden. Some people - some Americans - have forgotten about 9/11...

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Shame on the News Media, Too
by Dennis Prager
During the very same 10 days that every newspaper and television news program in the world featured photo after photo, day after day, of Iraqi prisoners being humiliated, a government not far from Iraq engaged in mass murder, mass rape and ethnic cleansing of approximately 1 million people. Is that more serious, more evil and more scandalous than a handful of Americans sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners? Not to the world's news media. To the world's (including America's) news media, the Nazi-like, racist, mass ethnic cleansing warranted minuscule attention as compared with the humiliation of some Iraqis. Why?...
Senator: Abuse Pics Being Used for Politics
Associated Press
A Republican senator inflamed partisan tempers Tuesday, charging his colleagues and the media with manipulating the images of Iraqi prisoner abuse for political gain. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said: "I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment...I'm also outraged by the press and the politicians and the political agendas that are being served by this, and I say political agendas because that's actually what's happening"...
What Else Has the Media Kept From Us?
The unedited video of the execution of Nick Berg is not the only relevant news of terror being censored in the media.
Here, once again, are pictures of beaten and burned American bodies in Fallujah.
Here are people jumping from the World Trade Center who died quickly rather than being burned to death. Likewise, these pictures were not highlighted in the media. We are being "protected" from horrors Americans have been subjected to, but not from abuses Iraqis have been subjected to. Such one-sided coverage skews our perceptions and misinforms our conclusions.
The Executions of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl
by Rusty Humphries
Over and over and over and over we have seen the "torture pics" at the hands of the American soldiers. What they did was WRONG but it in no way compares to the torture by the hands of the Islamic Terrorists. [Unedited videos of the recent beheading of Nick Berg and last year's of Daniel Pearl are presented]. Should you choose to watch this, you do so at your own risk. I believe we should all see this, ONCE, to understand what kind of evil we are up against...
There was No Coverup
by Joe Scarborough
...like Donald Rumsfeld, I was elected to Congress when I was in my early 30s, and I know how the system works. Every member of Congress found out about the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal when the Pentagon announced it to the world on January 14...
Look Who's Crying 'Abuse'
by Ralph Peters
...The headlines now wounding us will not soon go away. The media, foreign and domestic, will twist every drop of blood from this story of an American misstep. But no matter how much more there is to come, we Americans will admit our errors and fix them. Then we'll move forward, no less determined to do the right thing. How many other nations in the world could claim as much?
Overkill
by Debra J. Saunders
What the Rumsfeld-must-go crowd doesn't seem to understand is that it is not the Pentagon's job to make it more difficult for the American-led coalition to win the war in Iraq. That's why the majority of the American people don't share the left's outrage that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Pentagon brass didn't broadcast photographs of American prison guards abusing Iraqi prisoners...
Why the Arab World Can Thank Bush
by Mona Eltahawy
Of the myriad reasons that President George W. Bush gave for invading Iraq, the one that Arabs believed the least was that U.S. troops would install democracy in the Middle East. But last week, as I followed the news coming out of Iraq, I couldn't help wonder if Bush really did do it all for democracy. Do Arabs owe Bush thanks rather than skepticism?...

Monday, May 10, 2004

Cursed by Oil
by Thomas L. Friedman
...A robot made by Honda gave me part of the tour, even bowing in perfect Japanese fashion. My visit there coincided with yet another suicide bomb attack against U.S. forces in Iraq. I could not help thinking: Why are the Japanese making robots into humans, while Muslim suicide squads are making humans into robots? The answer has to do in part with the interaction between culture and natural resources...
Rumsfeld Should Stay
by William Safire
Shortly after 9/11, with the nation gripped by fear and fury, the Bush White House issued a sweeping and popular order to crack down on suspected terrorists. The liberal establishment largely fell cravenly mute. A few lonely civil libertarians spoke out. One Bush cabinet member paid attention. Rumsfeld appointed a bipartisan panel of attorneys to re-examine that draconian edict. As a result, basic protections for the accused Qaeda combatants were included in the proposed military tribunals...
The Wages of Appeasement
by Victor Davis Hanson
...As long ago as the fourth century B.C., Demosthenes warned how complacency and self-delusion among an affluent and free Athenian people allowed a Macedonian thug like Philip II to end some four centuries of Greek liberty--and in a mere 20 years of creeping aggrandizement down the Greek peninsula. Thereafter, these historical lessons should have been clear to citizens of any liberal society: We must neither presume that comfort and security are our birthrights and are guaranteed without constant sacrifice and vigilance, nor expect that peoples outside the purview of bourgeois liberalism share our commitment to reason, tolerance and enlightened self-interest...

Sunday, May 09, 2004

The Great Mall of China
by Will Hutton
...China's boom literally needs fuelling, and this year it has become the world's second largest importer of oil after the US. Nor does its appetite stop there. It buys massive amounts of copper, cement and iron. If you want to understand why commodity prices have jumped 60 per cent over the past two years, and why the oil price is now hovering at just over $40 a barrel, think China...
These Hollywood Special Effects May Cost the World $15 Trillion
By Bjorn Lomborg
...For the cost of implementing Kyoto in just one year, we could permanently provide clean drinking water and sanitation to everyone on the planet. Of course it is unlikely that Emmerich will cast Brad Pitt as a sewage engineer in Kenya for his next glamorous movie. Nor are there many good plotlines to be made from tales of a government which invests in malarial vaccines, or of a global conference called to remove trade barriers. But these are real options that policy-makers face every time they spend a dollar with the intention of easing human suffering...

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Saddam Did Have WMD Plans Says Inspector
by Brian Brady
SADDAM Hussein had the ability to unleash biological and chemical weapons "at short notice" on foreign nations, according to a potentially explosive new report by inspectors. The leaked document, written by Charles Duelfer, the new director of the Iraq Survey group, concludes that hard evidence does exist that Saddam had the ability to wreak terror with the weaponry. Furthermore, there was evidence that he was plotting to expand his facilities last year, prior to the invasion of British and American troops...
"Ask for Death!"
by Itamar Marcus
The Indoctrination of Palestinian Children to Seek Death for Allah – Shahada...It is striking that their desire for death was expressed as a personal goal, not related to the conflict with Israel. Having been convinced that dying for Allah is preferable to life, their goal in living is not to experience a good life, but to achieve the proper death – Shahada...
Church Decides Who Gets Served at Rail
by William F. Buckley, Jr.
...To upbraid a bishop for denying communion to a public figure who espouses permissive abortion laws is to upbraid him for upholding the doctrine of the separation of church and state. If the churchman allows himself to be governed by state practices, he violates that separation.
Our Weird Way of War
by Victor Davis Hanson
The moral of all this? The West can defeat the enemy on the battlefield, but in distant and much-caricatured wars on the dirty ground it can only win when it has leaders who can convince a fickle public into sacrificing, being ridiculed, and putting up with inevitable short-term disappointment that is the price of long-term security and stability — a sacrifice that in turn will never be acknowledged as such by the very people who are its beneficiaries both here and abroad.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Iraq: Work to Be Proud Of
by Andrew Natsios
The last time I was in Iraq, I met with a delegation of graduate students from Baghdad's best universities. Two hours into the discussion, one student said something extraordinary to me. He likened us to "doctors" and Iraq to a "patient" who needed radical surgery: "You [Americans] have started the operation. We are on the operating table. You can't leave now. You've got to finish," he pleaded...
America's Missing Voice
by Daniel Henninger
...we hear ad nauseam, the world "hates us." How could it not? Here are the headlines yesterday on Voice of America's own Web site: Bush Apologizes for Iraqi Prisoner Abuse; Bush Stands by Rumsfeld; Britain, Poland Condemn Iraqi Prisoner Abuse; Washington Post Publishes New Iraq Prisoner Photos; ICRC Says It Repeatedly Asked U.S. to Improve Iraqi Prison Conditions. Who needs Al-Jazeera?...

Thursday, May 06, 2004

A Tradition of Prayer
by Janet Parshall
...The National Day of Prayer is a time set aside for us to ask God to bless our Nation, asking Him to provide His strength to us for the challenges ahead. Won’t you join millions in doing just that today?
Lessons from Iraq
by John Derbyshire
Can Arab democracy happen?...Are there any grounds for believing that the Arabs of Iraq are innately, genetically, incapable of practicing rational government, based upon the consent of the governed?...Whatever the barrier is, it makes it awfully difficult for the Arabs to take up a civilized form of government. And there we come to the lesson. Either the Iraqis can break through that barrier, or they can't...
Idiot on Campus?
by Benjamin Shapiro
Former Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman was an inspiration for almost all Americans. Even on campus, Tillman's death in Afghanistan caused a good deal of grief, soul-searching and pride in our fighting men and women. But not everyone on campus was pro-Tillman. According to University of Massachusetts graduate student Rene Gonzalez, Tillman was a "pendejo," idiot, who died "in vain"...Should we be surprised that anti-American sentiment emanates from our universities?...
How to End-run Kofi's Coverup
New York Post
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan talks grandly of "transparency" in the so-called probe of the world body's festering Oil-for- Food scandal - but don't believe a word of it. For he seems to be running a coverup...
Kerry Purple Heart Doc Speaks Out
by Byron York
...I simply removed the piece of metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. I doubt that it penetrated more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it, did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound. The wound was covered with a bandaid...

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Darfur Crisis 'Tragic', UN Says
BBC News
UN officials who have visited Sudan's western Darfur region say conditions there are as bad as reports suggested. James Morris of the UN's World Food Programme said it was "one of the world's worst humanitarian crises"...
Sudan Elected to U.N. Rights Group, U.S. Walks Out
By Evelyn Leopold
Sudan won re-election to the United Nations (news - web sites)' main human rights watchdog on Tuesday, prompting the United States to walk out because of ethnic cleansing in the country's Darfur region..
Egypt Court Rejects Israeli Friendship Society
Jerusalem Post
A court rejected Monday the establishment of an Egyptian-Israeli association, saying Arabs do not need "false friendship." A film director, Nabil Abdel-Alim, had applied to set up the association to promote communication between Egyptians and Israelis. When the Ministry of Social Affairs, which oversees Egypt's civil society, refused his application, he went to court...

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The Psychoanalytic Roots of Islamic Terrorism
by Phyllis Chesler
...we are facing an exceedingly pathological strain of Islamofascist terrorism. So a crucial question must be asked: from a psychological and anthropological point of view, what kind of culture produces human bombs, glorifies mass murderers, and supports humiliation-based revenge? According to Minnesota based psychoanalyst and Arabist, Dr. Nancy Kobrin, it is a culture in which shame and honor play decisive roles and in which the debasement of women is paramount...
Navajo Housing Decried
by Judy Nichols
..."I've been to 48 or 50 different countries, and that housing is comparable to the Third World," said Rep. Robert Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and community opportunity. "Those are the toughest living conditions I've seen." Ney and members of his subcommittee were on a tour of housing on the reservation before attending the first housing subcommittee hearing ever held on Native American land. The tour was arranged by Rep. Rick Renzi [R-Arizona], who was appalled at housing he saw in his district after being elected about 18 months ago..."When I came home, I cried," Renzi said. "I thought, 'How can I call myself a congressman and not do something about this?'"...
Kerry Was a 'Loose Cannon' in Vietnam, Says Ex-Commander
by Robert B. Bluey
John Kerry's former swift boat commanders and colleagues on Tuesday described the presumptive Democrat nominee as a self-absorbed and devious sailor during the Vietnam War who was there merely to advance a future political career...

Monday, May 03, 2004

Where Presidents Have No Power
by Charles Krauthammer
...The fact is that Presidents have very little effect on the state of the economy. Sure, they can affect trade policy, regulation, the environment and, of course, foreign policy...U.S. Presidents have even less economic control than most other democratic leaders. The President does not control the money supply...Presidents cannot dictate their own budgets...What is left, "discretionary" spending, is a mere 8% of the $11 trillion economy Presidents are reputed to control. All of which makes American presidential elections a competition in mythmaking...
Political Correctness Cripples Terror Fight
by William F. Buckley
...The languor of the law that protects minorities and minority opinion can be beautiful. It can also be plain dumb, as when old ladies are forced to pull off their shoes at airport security...
We're Fighting for the Right to be Outraged at Those Photos
by Barbara Amiel
...have to keep two thoughts parallel in our heads - these are appalling acts that must not be tolerated, but neither are they to be used as a block against our instincts of self-preservation or to render us defenceless against the worst systems and enemies of civilisation...

Sunday, May 02, 2004

A Marine's Journey Home
by Michael R. Strobl
Chance Phelps was wearing his St. Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, on April 17, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didn't know Chance before he died. Today I miss him. Over a year ago, I volunteered to escort the remains of Marines killed in Iraq should the need arise. The military provides a uniformed escort for all casualties to ensure they are delivered safely to the next of kin and are treated with dignity and respect along the way...
Europe's Non-Strategy
by Gerard Alexander
...There are only two things wrong with this line of criticism [fighting terrorism with force]. The United States is mounting a long-term strategy against terrorism. And Europe isn't offering any alternative...

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Drought Settles In, Lake Shrinks and West's Worries Grow
by Kirk Johnson and Dean E. Murphy
...Continuing research into drought cycles over the last 800 years bears this out, strongly suggesting that the relatively wet weather across much of the West during the 20th century was a fluke. In other words, scientists who study tree rings and ocean temperatures say, the development of the modern urbanized West — one of the biggest growth spurts in the nation's history — may have been based on a colossal miscalculation...
An American Disaster: Prisoner Abuse in Iraq
by Ralph Peters
...We never had enough troops in Iraq. Nor do we have enough in the Army and Marines, overall. When Baghdad didn't turn out to be Orlando, after all, those brilliant civilian thinkers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense continued to try to do things on the cheap militarily. The reservists guarding those prisoners weren't trained for the job. They were thrust hastily into duties that require specific skills, great personal and unit discipline and supervised experience. Then contractors - so beloved of OSD in every sphere - were allowed to run wild in the prison, answering to no one...