Whaddya mean, “shoot to kill?”

We were just fooling around! You don't have to go all gunslinger on us! Whaddya mean "shoot to kill?" Can't you people take a freakin' joke? Why you targeting us, anyway?I can understand how moderate Muslims who are not involved with the gang rapes in Australia, the murders of filmmakers, the blowing up of innocent people in buildings, carnivals, markets, subway tubes, etc might be uncomfortable with a "shoot to kill" policy. I can understand it.But maybe if they get a little concerned … [Read more...]

Things are changing…

Ed Morrissey mentions that Islamists in Pakistan had a little trouble rounding up an angry mob to support Taliban-style extremism. Seems they could only find about 700 attendees. Ed says you can get a bigger crowd together for an opening of a new Krispy Kreme outlet.I'm thinking maybe there weren't enough cameras onhand to be bothered going out and performing.Or, I'm thinking maybe this is another one of those "I blame Bush" moments.The rest of the world assumed nothing could be done - … [Read more...]

Two staggering lists of carnage

Amid the continuing insistance from some quarters that terrorism was not a problem prior to "Bush's war" and would cease to be an issue "if only Bush, Blair and Howard would just leave Iraq" we find some sobering and rather depressing compilations which lay out in stark black and white just how longstanding the problem has been - and it illustrates how for most in the West - terrorism simply was not a genuine concern as long as it stayed off our shores.Yesterday's photo essay which chronicled … [Read more...]

Dems and Lord de l’Isle and Dudley

You know, I hate to sound curmudgeonly, I really do, but didn't we just see a report, not two weeks ago, pretty much clearing the air re the "Gitmo abuses?" Didn't some Democrat lawmakers go over there, themselves, and come back saying,"hey...things looked pretty dang good, after all?"And yet, here are the Dems calling for an independent panel "to review the treatment of foreign inmates at Guantanamo Bay and other US-run overseas detention facilities.""We are calling for an 'Independent … [Read more...]

Talk and throw money at it: A “feminized” solution!

From the Guardian UK: Muslim women could play a vital role in tackling terrorism in the UK and abroad, a study by the thinktank Demos claimed today.The report argues that the "bridge building" and communication abilities of women should be better harnessed as a force for good in Muslim communities following the London bombings.The study, entitled Hearts and Minds, calls for Muslim community women's groups, or "mothers' meetings", to be encouraged and given funds by the government. It says … [Read more...]

Everything that came before Iraq War

World Trade Center 1993Khobar Towers 1996Nairobi 1998East Timor 1999USS COLE 2000Gee whiz...looks to me like in the 1990's we were seeing an attack almost every 18 months, or so! Then...New York City 9/11/01New York City 9/11/01Washington, DC 9/11/01Bali 2002Let’s not forget the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, during which Abu Nidal murdered Leon Klinghoffer - before taking refuge in Iraq.Let's not forget the 1983 Bombing of American troops, in t … [Read more...]

The press are lost and uncomprehending

A VOICE FROM THE PRESS: Mr. Blair, aren't these attacks your fault, because of your foreign policy?John Howard: No self-respecting government of any political stripe would allow that (letting terrorists dictate policies) to happen...May I remind you that the murder of 88 Australians in Bali occurred before operations in Iraq?...May I remind you that Sept. 11 happened before Iraq? May I remind you that the first time Al Qaeda referred specifically to Australia was in regard to the liberation … [Read more...]

Why the Jews are never included

Michael Ledeen has a very thoughtful piece at NRO, wherein he makes a potent point:...many British elites often seemed a micro-step away from saying that the world would be a better place if only Israel weren't there. The Middle East would be so much easier, you know.It's one of those things that few people have the courage to say up front - that many, many elites would be quite happy to see Israel simply cease to be.Ledeen goes out of his way, later, in clarifying that many American … [Read more...]

Bush dances with free people; Albright danced with Kim Jong Il

It's been fun to watch the videos and read the accounts of President Bush's trip to Georgia. I know that for those who do not like him, who - let's face it - hate him, there is nothing charming in these pictures or videos, and his speech sounds like nothing particularly remarkable.People who have lived in freedom their whole lives and do not even realize how their own liberties are being undermined look at President Bush and see...well, I don't know what they see.A swaggering cowboy, … [Read more...]