Archive for January 2003


Recieved this in my inbox:

The US Congress has authorized the President of the US to go to war
against Iraq. Please consider this an urgent request.
UN Petition for Peace: Stand for Peace. Islam is not the Enemy. War is
NOT the Answer. Today we are at a point of imbalance in the world and are moving toward
what may be the beginning of a THIRD WORLD WAR. If you are against this possibility, the UN is gathering signatures in an effort to avoid a tragic world event.

It’s just another Internet chain letter, but surprise, surprise, the first 23 names are from France.


I’m at war with your country not for personal reasons but because you have killed so many innocents, so many children. … My fate is in Allah’s hands. … I leave you to judge.
Convicted terrorist Richard Reid

…Ok, so his solution to the problem of us killing innocents and children is to light his shoes and blow up hundreds of innocents…. Yeahhhhh… riiiiiiight…. Just a reminder of how illogical they are.


From a Chicago Tribune column by Don Wycliff where he’s arguing that Bush didn’t make the case for why Iraq is a threat to us:

As I listened to the president speak that sentence about “one vial, one canister, one crate” that could “bring a day of horror like none we have ever known,” my mind went back to one of the hit movies of last summer, “The Sum of All Fears.”
Based on the Tom Clancy novel of that name, the movie depicted a terrorist group’s successful effort to acquire and smuggle into the U.S. a nuclear bomb, which is detonated in Baltimore and devastates that city.
Interestingly, the nuke in that instance was not of Iraqi manufacture, or North Korean or any other rogue nation’s. It was made in Israel, with fissile material supplied by the United States.
Don Wycliff – Chicago Tribune

BOTW points out that in the book the terrorists were Arabs, not the neo-Nazis of the movie.
The bigger point though is that Wycliff actually seems to believe that just because Baltimore was blown up in a movie with an Israeli warhead that somehow precludes Iraq exporting weapons of mass destruction in real life. How he manages to get from Point A to Point B I have no idea.


The Wall Street Journal carries a letter from the leaders of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Britain, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic today in which they affirm their support for President Bush.

Europe has no quarrel with the Iraqi people. Indeed, they are the first victims of Iraq’s current brutal regime. Our goal is to safeguard world peace and security by ensuring that this regime gives up its weapons of mass destruction. Our governments have a common responsibility to face this threat. Failure to do so would be nothing less than negligent to our own citizens and to the wider world.
The U.N. Charter charges the Security Council with the task of preserving international peace and security. To do so, the Security Council must maintain its credibility by ensuring full compliance with its resolutions. We cannot allow a dictator to systematically violate those resolutions. If they are not complied with, the Security Council will lose its credibility and world peace will suffer as a result. We are confident that the Security Council will face up to its responsibilities.


There’s been a lot of talk about how France is only opposing the war because of their oil interests. I suspect the real reason could very well be beret exports. Just think how much France stands to lose in beret exports alone if Saddam is removed!


This sounds like it’s from The Onion, but it’s not. Iraq to chair U.N. disarmament conference.


Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. We have confronted, and will continue to confront, HIV/AIDS in our own country. And to meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa. This comprehensive plan will prevent seven million new AIDS infections … treat at least two million people with life-extending drugs … and provide humane care for millions of people suffering from AIDS, and for children orphaned by AIDS. I ask the Congress to commit 15 billion dollars over the next five years, including nearly ten billion dollars in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean.

This is a big commitment for a country to make, and I think just goes to show how great a country America is. This isn’t about improving our economy. This isn’t about putting more money in voters’ pockets. This is about doing something for the pure humanitarian desire to help people. The fact that even with the current economic problems we both have the will and are still well enough off to help 9 million people on another continent is just huge and speaks volumes for the spirit of America.


Realpolitik has some good cartoons today.


Sure it’s for a Democrat, but how could you pass up the opportunity to get your very own Presidential Candidate Yarmulke?