Archive for January, 2005

Iraq Is Going To Be Just Fine

In Europe, the wise old foreign-policy ”realists” scoff at today’s elections in Iraq — Islam and democracy are completely incompatible, old boy; everybody knows that, except these naive blundering Yanks who just don’t have our experience, frankly.

If that’s true, it’s a problem not for Iraq this weekend but, given current demographic trends, for France and Belgium and Holland a year or two down the line.

But, as it happens, it’s not true. The Afghan election worked so well that, there being insufficient bad news out of it, the doom-mongers in the Western media pretended it never happened. They’ll have a harder job doing that with Iraq, so instead they’ll have to play up every roadside bomb and every dead poll worker. But it won’t alter the basic reality: that today’s election will be imperfect but more than good enough. OK, that’s a bit vague by the standards of my usual psephological predictions, so how about this? Turnout in the Kurdish north and Shia south will be higher than in the last American, British or Canadian elections. Legitimate enough for ya?
Mark Steyn – Chicago Sun-Times

“When Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, warned that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would ”destabilize” the entire region, he was right. That’s why it was such a great idea.” Mark is on the money once again. – KS


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Iraq Election Headlines

BBCIraq election declared ‘success’
Iraq’s first open election in decades is hailed by Iraqi officials and the US, but marred by a spate of attacks.

I wonder what the quotation marks are for?? – KS

CNNIraqis vote amid violence
With polls now closed in Iraq’s historic election, Iraqi officials are reporting a higher turnout than expected, despite a spate of attacks and threats aimed at disrupting the vote. At least 25 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in a string of attacks, some of which targeted voters waiting in line to cast their ballots.

FOX NewsMillions Cast Ballots Despite Violence
The polls in Iraq have closed, ending the country’s first open elections in more than 50 years and setting a course for what U.S. officials hope will be a long democratic future.

MSNBCIraqis vote in historic election despite violence
Iraqis defied threats of violence and calls for a boycott to cast ballots in Iraq’s first free election in a half-century Sunday, and insurgents seeking to wreck the vote struck polling stations with a string of suicide bombings and mortar strikes, killing at least 44 people, including nine suicide bombers.

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Area 51 ‘Hacker’ Charges Dropped

Federal prosecutors formally dropped charges this month against an amateur astronomer who exposed a buried surveillance network surrounding the Air Force’s mysterious “Area 51” air base in Nevada.

Chuck Clark, 58, was charged in 2003 with a single count of malicious interference with a communications system used for the national defense, after prosecutors held him responsible for the disappearance of one of the wireless motion sensors buried beneath the desert land surrounding the facility. The Register

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WHEN A PROMINENT AMERICAN in any field passes on, it’s front page news. Some sneer at this and say, “The same thing happens to everyone. Why is it bigger if it happens to a star?” But I think it is bigger. Yes, thousands probably die in the same way at the same time, and each is a sorrow, but the passing of a beloved icon makes us all stop and think and reflect and remember, and gives a country with too little in common a great deal in common, if only briefly. So it is with Johnny Carson. Even in the hard-edged world of politics for instance, I like to think that, when they heard the news, both Howard Dean and Karl Rove and everyone in between stopped strategizing for a minute and thought, “Boy, I really loved that guy.” Larry Miller – Weekly Standard

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World Marks Auschwitz Liberation

Holocaust survivors and world leaders have held an emotional ceremony in Poland, 60 years after the liberation of the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp.

The ceremony began with a train whistle on the railway track that took more than a million people to their deaths.

Thousands gathered in heavy snow next to the site of the German gas chambers, where Jews and others were murdered. BBC

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Photo – RushLimbaugh.com

Condoleezza Rice won confirmation as secretary of state Wednesday despite blistering criticism from Senate Democrats who accused her of misleading statements and said she must share the blame for mistakes and war deaths in Iraq.

The tally, though one-sided at 85-13, was still the largest “no” vote against any secretary of state nominee since 1825. More…

The nays include a former Klan bigshot, a drunk driving swimmer, and a failed Presidential candidate. – KS

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On the anniversary of the liberation of German death camps, The Spectator suggests an IDF-Nazi comparison.

On Monday (Jan. 24), the United Nations and European leaders marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, testifying to that greatest crime in human history ― the industrial murder of 6 million Jews.

While much of the British media (including BBC) provided helpful educational material on the Holocaust, The (London) Spectator ran an article by Anthony Lipmann, who declared that on this day

I will think not just of the crematoria and the cattle trucks but of Darfur, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Jenin, Fallujah. Honestreporting.com

Interesting, considering the creator of the fraudulent docmentary “Jenin Jenin” has already admitted in public that he is a liar. Front Page Mag – KS

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