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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Steyn - When War is Worth It

Missed this Mark Steyn article.... (bad conspirator, bad conspirator!!!). He pokes fun at the UN and the "pro-peace" Left:

That Iraq is gone now - not because of Unicef and the other transnational institutions that confer respectability on dictatorships, but because America, Britain and a few others were prepared to go to war. As the Guardian harrumphed on Saturday: "People who opposed the war in Iraq will find it hard to stomach attempts to present the referendum as a triumph."

Fair enough. For my part, I find it hard to stomach the degrees of support offered to the "insurgency" by George Galloway, John Pilger, Tariq Ali and Michael Moore. But it's not about what I or the Guardian find hard to stomach. Peripheral though they may be to the concerns of the "peace" crowd, it is in the end about the Iraqi people, and, as with all the previous will-they-won't-they deadlines, at the eleventh hour they managed to rouse themselves and pull it off.

Sixteen out of Iraq's 18 provinces - including Sunni-majority ones - voted for the most liberal, democratic, federal and pluralist constitution in the Middle East. Sorry to make the Guardian throw up, but that is indeed a "triumph".

Whatever the Americans got wrong, they got one big thing right - that, if you persevered, Iraq had the potential to function as a free society in a part of the world where no such thing has ever existed.

That was a long shot, and much sneered at, not least by British "conservatives". But Washington judged correctly: given the radicalisation of the Arab world, and the Arabification of the Islamic world, and the Islamification of much of the rest of the world, in the end you have to fix the problem at source.

In his book The Clash Of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington has a section on "Islam's Bloody Borders". "The overwhelming majority of fault line conflicts," he writes, "have taken place along the boundary looping across Eurasia and Africa that separates Muslims from non-Muslims."

That looping boundary is never not in the news. Last week, it was Nalchik in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, where the Islamists killed more than 60 people. The week before, it was Bali, again. Different regimes on the looping boundary try different strategies: in Indonesia, appeasement; in Chechnya, the Russians have reduced Grozny to rubble and still not got anywhere. Pushing back the Islamists on their ever expanding margins will never work. Reforming the heart of the Muslim world just might.

Sometimes war is worth it.

Read the whole thing...

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ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Ace said...

And I'm about to shut down this site if Bush doesn't get his rear in gear:

Question: Why haven’t they come out in favor of the House GOP effort to increase mandatory spending cuts and seek a three-percent across the board discretionary cut as per Marsha Blackburn and others? It would get them $500 billion or $600 billion in 10-year savings estimates. Why didn’t the White House signal help for Senator Coburn’s “Bridge to Nowhere” pork-barrel spending cut?

And why isn’t the White House beating the drum for the tax cut extensions on dividends and capital gains? The latest budget data shows that not only are these cuts are self-financing, but they create powerful growth throughout the economy. Ben Bernanke is making this point, but where are the others? And where is the President? And why aren’t they touting the numerous pro-growth recommendations in the Connie Mack tax reform commission? Mack’s group didn’t go far enough on a flat tax type proposal to reform the income tax system, but there are excellent ideas for corporate tax cuts, savings account expansion and AMT elimination.

Again, I repeat my mantra: The Bush Administration and the Republican Senate and House must return to pro-growth first principles for lower spending, lower tax burdens and energy deregulation. A campaign like this would boost the stock market and help rally the investor class.

Our poll last night on CNBC suggests that investors are deserting the GOP. The poll asked when it comes to pork spending, which party was worse. Republicans earned profligate spending honors by a margin of fourteen points, 57 percent to 43 percent. This is a bad leading indicator for the GOP in terms of next year’s mid-term election.

The Bush Republicans simply cannot afford to lose this key part of their base.

Well, may need to shut down this site anyway after "the boss" forces us to do the perp walk with him. (Actually, he's probably protected us in his testimony so we can continue to do his bidding even though he's otherwise indisposed).

Ya think?

Ya think?

Uncle Jimbo said...

Dear St. Endler,

I had a little fun when Galloway came to Madison, WI. A friend and I infiltrated the press conference and got some good Q&A on video

Mr. Galloway comes to Madison

Cordially,

Uncle J

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