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Taking Care of All The Terrorists
Abu Abbas, wanted for 1985 Achille Lauro hijack, captured by U.S. forces in Iraq, CNN says./REUTERS
You Know The War Is Over
When The Corner gets so sleepy.
Blame The Leviathan State
For my Corner absence. Been working on taxes. They suck. The rest is commentary.
One of the complaints about Syria is that it is playing host to various nasties from Saddam’s regime. This, alas, is all too justified. Syria, after all, was the final destination of the notorious Alois Brunner, an SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer who played no small part in Nazi genocide and, in the post-war years, ended up as an adviser to the Syrian government. He is thought to have lived on in Syria at least until the 1990s. If he is still alive (Brunner was born in 1912) he may still be in Damascus today, and, would, doubtless, be good company for Saddam’s former cronies.
The current war talk about Syria is, I hope, just talk – Syria is not, to say the very least, a nice place (Stephen Pollard has more details in this disturbing piece from the Telegraph), but there are – a few – signs that the younger Assad might be attempting to move things in a somewhat less malevolent direction. The example of Iraq should speak for itself, and provide, shall we say, a little encouragement for somewhat better behavior on the part of the Syrian regime. Circumstances may change, but choosing this moment to push Assad deeper into his own Baathist laager won’t help, nor will it resonate well elsewhere in the Islamic world. I’m not the only person today to recall that Teddy Roosevelt believed in both the big stick and soft talk. It’s time for a little of the latter – certainly for now. Least helpful of all are today’s comments from Ariel Sharon on this topic – Israel has many legitimate grievances against Syria, but any suggestion that the man who the Arab world most likes to demonize has (to quote the London Times) ‘a list of demands for Washington to present to Damascus’ is likely to be highly counterproductive to US efforts, to put it mildly.
Just to make my earlier Corner note totally clear: “Rummy” was in reference
to Donald Rumsfeld, not the “demon rum” to which Jonah referred as the root
cause of Rodney King’s driving problems. Of course, some on the Left call
our esteemed secretary of defense “Demon” Rum anyway…
So, just days after Rummy said these words — “While no one condones
looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may
result from decades of repression. — Rodney King resurfaces!! Coincidence?
I think not!!!
Like Political Creme BrulÉ...
This is so delicious. Here’s the beginning of the article from the Independent:
There is no French equivalent for “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”. The puerile insult that has crossed the Atlantic after years of trying has no resonance there. France does not regard its hostility to Anglo-US unilateralism as cowardice. But, last Thursday, the French media did, briefly, perceive a need for attitude-adjustment.
Until Saddam was vanquished, headlines such as “The tragedy”, in the weekly news magazine Le Point, were ubiquitous. Even L’Actu, an educational newspaper for teenagers, got in on the act. Last Wednesday’s edition carried a cartoon depicting a GI firing at an Iraqi civilian under the caption: “I am feeding Iraqis.”
Then doubt set in. An editorial in Thursday’s Le Figaro admitted, “The Americans have won the war – in only three weeks. It is a victory for George Bush.” Le Monde, too, adopted a less Gaullist tone. “The dictator who terrorised Iraq” was the title of a two-page spread, one of many items in newspapers and on television that itemised the cruelty of the defeated regime….
That Explains It
From a reader:
The explanation of Mr. King’s accident is that he was distracted by the lush green grass in front of the house he hit. Mr. King was quoted as he was pulled from the car, “Can’t we just all get a lawn?”
Denis Boyles (who can be read on NRO today here) tells the incredible story of the European media’s exploitation of a boy who is not only a casualty of war, but a victim of the media war on the war. Of course, one victimization was a mistake. The other wasn’t at all.
If the Chinese really do get rid of Kim Jong Il, it will be a dramatic vindication of the Bush administration’s policy of selectively preventing proliferation through preemption. We are already seeing a cascading effect from Iraq that might get us real traction against proliferation worldwide. The negotiate-at-any-price policy of the Democrats is bankrupt. It cannot succeed against the deadly combination of terror and weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration’s policy of selective preemption is the only way to go. And right now, it’s working.
As Rich Lowry pointed out yesterday on The Corner, nearly every prominent Democratic critic of the administration was wrong to insist that we negotiate bilaterally with the North Koreans. The Bush administration has been right to push for a multilateral approach, and the war in Iraq is what’s caused the recent breakthrough toward multilateral negotiations on the Korean crisis. But the truth is, because of the verification issue, even multilateral negotiations won’t work–unless they turn in to a vehicle for Chinese imposed regime change in North Korea. You can read more about the possibility of Chinese imposed regime change by reading Jasper Becker’s piece at TNR’s website. (subscribers only)
Regime Change in North Korea
I can’t see any conceivable solution to the North Korean crisis short of regime change. The reason for that is the near impossibility of verifying any agreement that puts a halt to North Korea’s nuclear program. I discussed this recently in, “An Ominous Cloud.” But it is just possible that we might be able to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, without a war. The solution would be for China, not simply to pressure North Korea, but literally to bring about (peaceful) regime change. Thanks to the success of the war in Iraq, that solution is now conceivable.
Taxing Image of The Day
That Family Research Council ad on the homepage on tax policy is just perfect today.
Lighten up folks. I wasn’t trying to say anything profound about Andrew Sullivan (and no I won’t switch teams just to pick up more of his market share). Opinions differ on the guy, but I’m a fan and a friend.
Fyi - The Sure Thing
Yes, yes, I know my post late yesterday about “talking to you wireless” was a misquote from the Sure Thing. The actual line was “I’m talking to you cordless.” I realized the goof on the plane. For the record, John Podhoretz was the first to call me out on this. Still I do know one thing, Lance sure does drink a lot of beer.