Palestinianization of Islam?
This is the choicest part of the discussion between Hugh Hewitt and Mark Steyn on current events in the Middle East:
MS: [T]he reality is that Iran is behind a lot of what's going on here. This is part of the same war, and Ahmadinejead, if he wants to raise the stakes, should be invited to do so and see where that leads him.
HH: How close do you think we are to the edge of one of those defining, out of control situations, Mark Steyn?
MS: I think we're on the brink of a kind of region-wide war in the Middle East. In a sense, the war has never gone away. Beyond that, I think we're seeing, in effect, the Palestinianization of Arab politics, the Arabization of Muslim politics, generally, and the Islamization of much of the world. And so you might as well fix this thing at source, and nail it where it came from.
HH: Because Israel cannot allow Haifa to be hit with rockets...I mean, they can't.
MS: No, and they don't have that sense that the Europeans have. You know, basically, if you talk to, say, British officials and French officials, they accept the fact they're going to have Tube trains and buses blown up every couple of years now, and they figure they can live with that death scale. Israel is in a worse situation, and can't. So Israel, in a sense, can only win by going on the offensive.
And Steyn also said this:
You know, it wouldn't take much to topple Baby Assad from his presidential palace. And I think when it became clear in the region that for example, Syria was allowing all kinds of insurgents to cross into Iraq, I think it should have been the United States Air Force that should have been buzzing Assad's palace three years ago now.
Finally, Steyn states that the Kos blog and Huffington have written close to nothing about the War in Israel.
Some of us were worried about radical Islam, and some of us were worried about Al Gore's global warming, and the voting machines, and Dick Cheney. And one of us will be right, and the other will be wrong. And the reality of this situation is it's nothing to do with Bush and Cheney. It's happening in India. It's happening in Israel. It's happening in Bali. It's happening in Russia. It's a planetary-wide problem, and it's nothing to do with Bush and Cheney stealing chads, or any of this other rubbish they go on about.
They are mired in triviality while the most important issue facing the West is Islamic terrorism. Remember Ted Williams did not win the MVP in either of his triple crown years or in 1941 when he batted .406.