They didn’t find any actual weapons at the suspected chemical weapons plant. Just for the record. I’m still quite certain they’ll find some eventually.
Where most outside the US see a war being started in Iraq, perhaps unnecessarily, things look different from within the US itself. Having suffered an assault more murderous – and certainly more despicable – than the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour, it no longer has the luxury of beginning this new world war, but only the implacable resolve to prosecute it to the end. Peace has already disappeared from the US political horizon. War is no longer a “last resort” once it has been flagrantly initiated by hostile action.
If al Qaeda were mere criminals, rather than avatars of a world-wide radical Islamist onslaught against the existing global order, then the US action against Iraq might indeed be considered an over-reaction.
If, on the contrary, following in the wake of Nazism and Soviet Communism, Islamism (the totalitarian perversion of Islam) is a coherent planetary threat to secular liberal civilization, this time crossing Nazi-style suicidal fanaticism with Soviet-style megadeath weaponry, then those substantially obstructing the US in this struggle are indeed “with the terrorists”. Few seriously doubt that Iraq is a determined enemy of the US and a deceitful terrorist state, one manifestly obsessed with procuring weapons of mass destruction. Its alignment in the already ongoing world conflict is therefore beyond serious dispute.
The solution, for most of the world, is to shelter behind the illusion that the world is still at peace. This, even while the flames of Islamist terror – characterized above all by the indiscriminate murder of civilians – spread across the planet, fanned by international cowardice, irresolution and even complicity. After a decade of Clintonian appeasement, culminating in the Manhattan atrocity, the US has had enough of this.
—Shanghai Star(via Realpolitik)
I’d hate to see how Chris Matthews would react if the war were really going badly.
Again, from Boortz.
A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip “had shocked me back to reality.” Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera “told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn’t start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam’s bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.
A good quote Boortz has up on his site.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse…. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice
Something being constitutional doesn’t automatically make it patriotic. When you’re asked whether what you’re doing is patriotic you’re going to need to go further than just saying that you’ve read the first amendment. Patriotism is defined as “love of and devotion to one’s country.” You need to show that by protesting you’re showing your devotion to your country, not simply that you’re allowed to do it.
It’s very cool.
Ted Rall is the (and a) loser.