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Friday, March 24, 2006

The Crumbling of What?

I was very frustrated over the year-long run up to the Iraq invasion with all of GW's UN visits because I felt too much time was given the likely enemy to prepare. I am convinced that Saddam moved his WMD to Syria during that period. I understood Bush's political reasoning behind it and accepted there may be military benefits as well. Now, I see they were fruitless and harmful. I expected that the UN would never have the desire to actually act on one of their "resolutions". The was askked I feared the crumbling of stability in the region. I answered I cared more about the instability in the US as the 9-11 WTC buildings destruction remain a permanent wallpaper to my internal monitor.

Mark Steyn captures my thinking then and now in this comment:

So three years on, unlike Francis Fukuyama and the other moulting hawks, my only regret is that America didn't invade earlier. Yeah yeah, you sneer, what about the only WMD? Sorry. Don't care. Never did. My argument for whacking Saddam was always that the price of leaving him unwhacked was too high. He was the preeminent symbol of the September 10th world; his continuation in office testified to America's lack of will, and was seen as such by, among others, Osama bin Laden: In Donald Rumsfeld's words, weakness is a provocation. So the immediate objective was to show neighboring thugs that the price of catching America's eye was too high. The long term strategic goal was to begin the difficult but necessary transformation of the region that the British funked when they cobbled together the modern Middle East in 1922.

The region had proven it was dangerous and wanted our destruction. The biggest bully needed "correction". I still believe it was necessary though albeit tardy and arguably not fully planned out.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Celebrating A Wal-Mart Opening? Not That Andrew Young

Yahoo Business has this headline: Young's Wal-Mart PR Job Puzzles Activists.

Civil rights superstar Andrew Young celebrated the opening of a Wal-Mart in a black Atlanta suburb by dancing with workers and "bouncing to the song 'We Are Family'." This has shocked many including Rev. Joseph Lowery, the 74-year old Atlanta-based civil rights leader who recently insulted President Bush at the Coretta Scott King memorial service.

Lowery said:

Maybe he knows something that other advocates for economic justice don't. Maybe we will see the corporate giant be born again and become a good corporate citizen.

According to Rev. Lowery, this "good corporate citizenship" entails more than investing significant capital into a large retail operation in a black neighborhood in order to earn a profit while providing goods at affordable prices to the local clientele. And maybe Mr. Young has discovered that the employment opportunities that Wal-Mart gives low-skilled workers is the doorway towards advancement that the civil right movement should be supporting.

This is a very good sign of progress.

Hillary Is Down With Jesus, You Know What I Mean

Always sincere Hillary Clinton on her opposition to a new bill that criminalizes undocumented immigrants:

"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."

I buy it.

Peacemakers Saved By Big Men With Big Guns And Bad Attitudes

In a town north of Baghdad, US and Iraqi military rescued 4 peace activists who have been hostages for 4 months. One of their group, leader Tom Fox had been killed by the kidnappers.

It is reported by AP:

The kidnapped men were shown as prisoners in several videos, the most recent a silent clip dated Feb. 28 in which Loney, Kember and Sooden appeared without Fox. Fox's body was found March 10 near a west Baghdad railway line with gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

The Christian Peacemaker Teams, the group the hostages belong to, gave this public statement:

We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq.

How about a little something for the effort?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Military Deaths Comparison

Military deaths during the first terms of these Presidents (from Instapundit):

George W. Bush . . . . . 5187 (2001-2004)
Bill Clinton . . . . . . . . . 4302 (1993-1996)
George H.W. Bush . . . . 6223 (1989-1992)
Ronald Reagan . . . . . . 9163 (1981-1984)

The terrorists would add another 3,000 to GW's number.

Germany Fights Back

Jack Bauer screwed the Germans by getting them to finger a mole while attempting to save 100s of thousands of innocent Americans from Zyclon gas. Bauer's unauthorized trade of deep US intelligence was destroyed by a timer before the Germans could download the information. Now, besides the saving us from terrorists mishigas, Bauer has created an angry Germany (remember how he pissed off the Chinese last year?).

From Blogs4bauer:

Jack, please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that you could not defeat Germany in an all out war. Obviously you could. Even if they were allied with Italy. Okay, especially if they were allied with Italy. The question is, do you really have the extra half hour to spare right now?

The blog suggests Germany will air drop on US cities pictures of David Hasselhoff wearing a thong-thing in a shock and awe.

Killing Defective Newborns

Just when you thought socialism could not sink any lower in its treatment of man, you find an even lower point. Do not think that you only support it as an economic theory. It must devolve to mass murder in order to work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The French Have Been Destroyed By Socialism

Dennis Prager's "Socialism Makes People Worse" assesses the characterless French protesters. Among the many interesting points in the article, Prager discusses how socialist societies generally give less to charity than Americans do. He writes:

The more Left one identifies oneself on the political spectrum, the more that person is likely to believe that the state, not fellow citizens, should take care of the poor and the needy.

Under socialism, one is not only liberated from having to take care of oneself; one is also liberated from having to take care of others. The state will take care of me and of everybody else.

The problem is worse when government handles those needs that charities would assume in government's absence. Government needs more money for administrators and employees than do charities to accomplish the same ends. But even there, we see that charities will exceed government in actually accomplishing those ends. And if those ends are to improve people, there is a much higher likelihood of positive change with charities that are willing to impart traditional values, if not religious values, that the recipients can infuse into their lives.

Reliance on government is misplaced. Prager sees the overall framework of a socialist society results in the loss of responsibility from an individual's character. But then, is that not the intent of the theory?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Egalite Except When It Means My Job

Nothing will get a bunch of French people out on a Sunday day off than a good protest/riot against laws that make them work. Actually they are protesting laws that were passed in order to help employers take a chance on hiring young workers. The French employment laws are so strict that no one can be fired after being hired. So employers have a lot at stake when they risk hiring anyone. We all know the first-time employees are not the most reliable, competent or productive workers. Thus, employers choose machines, people they know or off-shoring jobs to avoid this employee-for-life vice.

With French unemployment at 10% nationally, 25% for the 18-25 age group and around 50% for Muslims, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is trying to free employers and maybe address this unemployment morass. But the students, unions and socialists will not hear of these changes.

These riots are becoming violent as they send the message to their Muslim population that the French are all for multi-culturalism except when it means jobs and egalite.

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