A Boy Who Was ‘Like a Flower’ (washingtonpost.com)
Whoever caused the explosion, the residents assigned blame to the United States, insisting that without a war, they would be safe. “Who else could be responsible except the Americans?” asked Mohsin Hattab, a 32-year-old uncle of Daif.
“This war is evil. It’s an unjust war,” said Imad Hussein, a driver and uncle of Hassan. “They have no right to make war against us. Until now, we were sitting in our homes, comfortable and safe
The new media makes much of their supposed “impartiality”, the fiction that they just report what is happening.
This piece is as good a bit of Iraqi propaganda as anything in the Baghdad newspapers. Notice that we are supposed to accept that there were no “minders” present, but a reporter for an American newspaper was. Notice too the support for Saddam. Hey, “we were sitting in our homes, comfortable and safe”, nope, no one here except us chickens. True not everyone in Iraq has been victims of Saddam’s brutality, some participated, some just turned a blind eye and enabled.
No equivocation in the Washington Post though. Whatever comes from the American government is examined with suspicion and whatever comes from Baghdad is accepted without question.
About 30 min ago I was on my way home from the store and was listening to The Phil Hendrie Show on KUGN out of Eugene, Or. Since the beginning of the war Phil has abandoned his usual schtick of “guests” claiming something or another that is totally outrageous and treating them as if they were real. He has been doing pretty much straight reporting and commentary. He is definitely not antiwar.
Today he was commenting on the Palestinians and how they are supporting Iraq against the Americans and British. He was giving Chairman for life Yasser Arafat the rough side of his tongue when suddenly the broadcast cut out in mid-word. There was a pause, then the program continued. But now it was one of those pre-war shows with a “guest” that claimed that he was not bald because he had a hairpiece.
I know Eugene is trying to supplant Berkeley as the center of all things Politically Correct, but is this the way?
Telegraph | Opinion | The whopper
Alan Edelstein, a producer of Moore’s television show The Awful Truth, was suddenly downsized out of a job, just like those General Motors workers in Flint. So, just like Moore, he decided to stalk the boss for a turning-the-tables documentary on why the television star had put him out on the street.
Moore was not amused. He complained to the NYPD, got Edelstein thrown in jail for a day, and had a restraining order slapped on him. Here’s how it read: “The defendant knowingly entered and remained unlawfully in a building with intent to harass, annoy and harm … a course of conduct which alarmed and seriously annoyed another person.”
Antiwar shitheads seem to always be talking about U.S. “War Crimes” committed in the invasion of Iraq. The Washington Post has an editorial which contains the following; a listing of Iraqi war crimes. Remember, these are crimes committed in just one case.War Crimes (washingtonpost.com)
A tour of the dictator’s latest war crimes might well start in Nasiriyah, where U.S. Marines this week found Iraqi paramilitary fighters headquartered in a hospital. There they had stationed a tank, stored weapons and laid in a supply of 3,000 protective suits for use against chemical or biological weapons. From their hospital base — war crime No. 1 — Iraqis disguised in civilian clothes or carrying white flags — war crime No. 2 — attacked U.S. positions. They forced Iraqi civilians to act as scouts and human shields — war crime No. 3 — before inviting Arab television crews to film the resulting dead and wounded. Their greatest success was the ambush of a wayward U.S. supply convoy, during which they appear to have executed several American prisoners — war crime No. 4 — before broadcasting an interrogation of others on state television — war crime No. 5.
Julie Burchill: Don’t take my name in vain
I’ve just heard a snippet of the most disgustingly me-me-me anti-war advert by Susan Sarandon, in which she intones, “Before our kids start coming home from Iraq in body bags, and women and children start dying in Baghdad, I need to know – what did Iraq do to us?” Well, if you mean what did Saddam do to America The Beautiful, not an awful lot – but to millions of his own people, torture and murder for a start. Don’t they count?
Surely this is the most self-obsessed anti-war protest ever. NOT IN MY NAME! That’s the giveaway. Who gives a stuff about their wet, white, western names? See how they write them so solemnly in a list on the bottom of the letters they send to the papers. And the ones that add their brats’ names are the worst – a grotesque spin on Baby On Board, except they think that this gives them extra humanity points not just on the motorway, but in the whole wide weeping, striving, yearning world. We don’t know the precious names of the countless numbers Saddam has killed. We’re talking about a people – lots of them parents – subjected to an endless vista of death and torture, a country in which freedom can never be won without help from outside.
As for those who are expressing the opinion that this war is about Oil. My reply is, so what?
Do you think that the Iraqis and the world in general would be better off if we used our military might to ensure that the oil staid in the ground? Why would it be a good thing for the United States to grind to a halt, for businesses to fail, for millions of people to be unemployed? Do you think those closed businesses would have much use for software engineers or that colleges with no enrollment would hire professors? Do you think that people in apartment blocks would suddenly start growing food on their non-existant balconies?
No oil? you’re not talking about peace, love and bunny rabbits, you’re talking of hunger, riots and a total breakdown of civil society. Do you think that you would somehow be exempt? That everything would be the same but for happy people riding their bicycles and recycling their waste? I don’t think you have ever really considered it.
The result woudn’t be paradise; it would be Hell.
Bill Whittle: History
In 1865 the issue of American Slavery, an issue dodged in 1783, an issue compromised in 1850, and an issue that tore us apart as a people was settled once and for all, by force of arms. By War. Secession was settled, too – settled most emphatically.
War settled whether the Mediterranean Sea would be a Carthaginian Lake or a Roman one. War settled whether Jerusalem would be Christian or Muslim. War determined whether a surrender document would be signed aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay or on the Yamato just off Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. War determined whether France would be living through four years, or a millennia of darkness under Nazi supermen, and a weird, ghostly war determined whether or not there would be Englishmen and Scots and Americans living and dying in gulags in Siberia.
And four years of unimaginably brutal war determined whether or not the United States of America would in fact be a land where all men are created equal. War determined whether the fatal, poisonous stain of slavery would split the nation into two irreconcilable camps, or whether the blood and sacrifice of men at Little Round Top and The Angle and Cold Harbor would, in part, wash away that stain and put right that which was unable to be put right at the birth of this awesome experiment in self-rule.
This, of course, is only part of the essay. Read the whole thing.
Assyrian Christians – About Ken Joseph, Jr
It was clear now what I should do. I began to talk to the so called `human shields`. Have you asked the people here what they want? Have you talked to regular people, away from your `minder` and asked them what they want?
I was shocked at the response. `We don’t need to do that. We know what they want.` was the usual reply before a minder stepped up to check who I was.
With tears streaming down my face in my bed in a tiny house in Baghdad crowded in with 10 other of my own flesh and blood, all exhausted after another day of not living but existing without hope, exhausted in daily struggle simply to not die I had to say to myself `I was wrong`.
How dare I claim to speak for those for whom I had never asked what they wanted!
Link from InstaPundit.Com
From Beijing, stern words for an uneasy ally
The pipeline shutdown, officially ascribed to a technical problem, followed an unusually blunt message delivered by China to its longtime ally in a high-level meeting in Beijing last month, the sources said. Stop your provocations about the possible development of nuclear weapons, China warned its neighbor, or face Chinese support for economic sanctions against the regime.
There’s been a lot of criticism from the Democrats that we should be paying more attention to Pyongyang, indeed, some have been saying that we should accede to their insistence that the U.S. open direct talks with them without the UN. I think this shows that there is probably a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure that a direct confrontation does not take place. This approach was not taken by the previous administration, probably because it would not generate the TV pictures and headlines that they were so enamored of.
Link from InstaPundit.Com