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Posted: 12/31/2003 3:16:22 PM EDT
Must Read:www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson200312300000.asp

Highlights:

In liberating 50 million people from both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein it has lost so far less than 500 soldiers — some of whom were killed precisely because they waged a war that sought to minimalize not just civilian casualties but even the killing of their enemies. Contrary to the invective of Western intellectuals, the American military’s sins until recently have been of omission — preferring not to shoot looters or hunt down and kill insurgents — rather than brutal commission. While the United States has conducted these successive wars some 7,000 miles beyond its borders, it also avoided another terrorist attack of the scale of September 11 — and all the while crafting a policy of containment of North Korea and soon-to-be nuclear Iran.

Thus by any comparative standard of military history, the last two difficult years, despite setbacks and disappointments, represent a remarkable military achievement .Yet no one would ever gather even the slightest acknowledgment of such success from our Democratic grandees. Al Gore dubbed the Iraqi liberation a quagmire and, absurdly, the worst mistake in the history of American foreign policy. Howard Dean, more absurdly, suggested that the president of the United States might have had foreknowledge of September 11. Most Americans now shudder at the thought that the former might have been president in this time of crisis — and that the latter still could be.





To sum up the Arab street: It appears to care not a whit that a native psychopath butchered hundreds of thousands of its own — only that his anti-American braggadocio was revealed to be a sham to millions and that Americans of all people had to free Iraqis from such a menace. Honor and shame — the stuff of tribal societies — matter more than the lives of innocents. If a pundit from Paris was riled that Saddam was not yet advised by an international human-rights lawyer, the masses on the West Bank trumped that concern by lamenting that he had not even machine-gunned an American on his way out — or indeed done anything to restore Arab tribal pride. Lost between the shared loony sympathies of the first-world elite and the third-world clan, between refined postmodern and uncouth premodern societies, was an iota of lamentation for the dead, those rotting and dried-out bones that appear in the thousands in desert sands outside Baghdad.

Both Western pontificators and the mob in the Middle East feed off each other. Paul Krugman would rarely write a column about how abjectly immoral it was that thousands mourned the death of a mass murderer when one can say worse things about an American president who chose not to use American dollars to hire French companies to rebuild Iraq. Bob Herbert can falsely rant about a Florida election “rigged,” but seldom about an election never occurring in the Arab world.

The so-called Arab street and its phony intellectuals sense that influential progressive Westerners will never censure Middle Eastern felonies if there is a chance to rage about Western misdemeanors. It is precisely this parasitic relationship between the foreign and domestic critics of the West that explains much of the strange confidence of those who planned September 11. It was the genius of bin Laden, after all, that he suspected after he had incinerated 3,000 Westerners an elite would be more likely to blame itself for the calamity — searching for “root causes” than marshalling its legions to defeat a tribe that embraced theocracy, autocracy, gender apartheid, polygamy, anti-Semitism, and religious intolerance. And why not after Lebanon, the first World Trade Center bombing, the embassies in Africa, murder in Saudi Arabia, and the USS Cole? It was the folly of bin Laden only that he assumed the United States was as far gone as Europe and that a minority of its ashamed elites had completely assumed control of American political, cultural, and spiritual life

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Link Posted: 12/31/2003 4:04:48 PM EDT
Good read. Thanks for posting it.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 5:18:37 PM EDT
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Thank the crew at [url]www.command-post.org[/url] for finding such gems. I just spread them around.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:47:51 PM EDT
That division is all too clear.  I had a discussion with an older neighbor lady who was intent on talking about Hillary Clinton.  She was of the mindset that it was time to stop the rule by white rich men who send children to war.  I am just dumbfounded by how the lines are so divided.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 3:40:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By martinmayhem:
That division is all too clear.  I had a discussion with an older neighbor lady who was intent on talking about Hillary Clinton.  She was of the mindset that it was time to stop the rule by white rich men who send children to war.  I am just dumbfounded by how the lines are so divided.
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Hmm, I thought that most of the child warriors came from 3rd world countries governed by non-whites.  Men do seem to run most countries, but Margret Thatcher didn't have any trouble sending forces to the Falkland Islands.  
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 8:25:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By H46Driver:
Originally Posted By martinmayhem:
That division is all too clear.  I had a discussion with an older neighbor lady who was intent on talking about Hillary Clinton.  She was of the mindset that it was time to stop the rule by white rich men who send children to war.  I am just dumbfounded by how the lines are so divided.
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Hmm, I thought that most of the child warriors came from 3rd world countries governed by non-whites.  Men do seem to run most countries, but Margret Thatcher didn't have any trouble sending forces to the Falkland Islands.  
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Ohh good one.
Besides, being a child soldier in Africa HAS to be better than being a orphan in UN refugee camp being starved, robbed, sexually abused, and generally terrorized.
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