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FDR would have been a Republican today.

Disappointment

I supported the Bush administration.  Although Bush wasn’t my first choice in 2000 (I voted for McCain, which might have been a mistake anyway), I voted for him with enthusiasm in 2004.  After all, his opponent was worthless and dishonest political opportunist.  But Bush keeps failing me and people like me.  The latest example is this:

At Wednesday’s rededication ceremony of the Saudi-funded Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., President Bush missed a perfect opportunity to repudiate apologism for radical Islam, and instead announced his latest plan to get the Muslim world to stop hating America: appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Bush praised the OIC, saying, “We admire and thank those Muslims who have denounced what the Secretary General of the OIC called ‘radical fringe elements who pretend that they act in the name of Islam.’” The special envoy’s mission, Bush said, would be to “listen and learn” to OIC ambassadors.

While this may sound nice, it is rooted in complete ignorance of the rampant radicalism, pro-terrorist, and anti-American sentiments routinely found in statements by the OIC and its leaders, including referring to “Islamophobia” — and not the mass slaughter of innocents in the name of Islam — the “worst form of terrorism,” as OIC did last May.

Do read it all.  It looks like, while Bush is willing to fight to some extend, his heart is really in appeasement.  And that is how he might be remembered by history.  There was another leader in history who did go to war when he was backed against the wall, but whose name is forever associated with appeasement.  His name was Neville Chamberlain.

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History is important

Here is an interesting article, thanks to Pamela, a. k. a. Atlas:

After their military defeat by regular forces, the occupied population produced terrorists who engaged in bombings, sniping, poisonings, and other attacks on occupation forces and on the civilian population. They operated as irregulars in small terror units, armed with automatic weapons and bazookas.

Women and minors as young as eight participated in the terror attacks. They attempted to build weapons of mass destruction, using chemical poisons. They assassinated officials of the occupation regime. They had a special obsession with torturing and murdering "collaborators." They murdered hundreds of civilians, while thousands of the terrorists themselves were killed by the occupation armed forces. The occupiers responded to terror with brutality and force, sometimes using collective punishment.

The above does notrefer to or describe the anti-American and anti-British terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nor does it describe Palestinian terrorism against Israel launched from the West Bank and Gaza.

What it does refer to is the campaign of terrorism directed against Allied forces in Europe in the aftermath of the defeat of Nazi Germany. The terrorists were members of a number of underground "resistance" organizations attempting to punish the Allied "occupiers" and drive them out. The most important of the terror groups was known as Werwolf (German for werewolf).

A while ago there was an episode on the History Channel about Werwolves in Germany.  I can’t find a link to that particular episode now, but I did watch it.  The Nazis kept up their resistance well into 1948.  So, the comparison is definitely valid.

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Go, Rudy!

I have already expressed on this blog my support for Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy for President in 2008.  I believe he is the kind of leader we need in order to win the war we are in right now.  Here is the link to Rudy’s "contract with America", explained in details:

1. I will keep America on offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us.

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2. I will end illegal immigration, secure our borders and identify every non-citizen in our nation.

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3. I will restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending.

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4. I will cut taxes and reform the tax code.

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5. I will impose accountability on Washington.

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6. I will lead America towards energy independence.

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7. I will give Americans more control over their health care with affordable and portable free-market solutions.

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8. I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.

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9. I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.

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10. I will ensure that every community in America is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

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11. I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.

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12. I will expand America’s involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.

Obviously, read the whole article for details.

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Quick links 7-2-07

Again, in the interest of saving time, here are the links that I find important, but think it’s OK to lump them together:

Winds of War
Iran is making a mistake that may lead the Middle East into a broader conflict.

BY JOSHUA MURAVCHIK
Monday, June 25, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

Several conflicts of various intensities are raging in the Middle East. But a bigger war, involving more states–Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, the Palestinian Authority and perhaps the United States and others–is growing more likely every day, beckoned by the sense that America and Israel are in retreat and that radical Islam is ascending.

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A large portion of modern wars erupted because aggressive tyrannies believed that their democratic opponents were soft and weak. Often democracies have fed such beliefs by their own flaccid behavior. Hitler’s contempt for America, stoked by the policy of appeasement, is a familiar story. But there are many others. North Korea invaded South Korea after Secretary of State Dean Acheson declared that Korea lay beyond our "defense perimeter." Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait after our ambassador assured him that America does not intervene in quarrels among Arabs. Imperial Germany launched World War I, encouraged by Great Britain’s open reluctance to get involved. Nasser brought on the 1967 Six Day War, thinking that he could extort some concessions from Israel by rattling his sword.

Gaza’s Fall
The splitting of Palestine into two entities is clarifying.

By Charles Krauthammer

Gaza is now run not by a conventional political party, but by a movement that is revolutionary, Islamist, and terrorist. Worse, Hamas is a client of Iran. Gaza now constitutes the farthest reach of the archipelago of Iranian proxies: Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Mahdi army (among others) in Iraq, and the Alawite regime of Syria.

This Islamist mini-replica of the Comintern is at war not just with Israel, but with the moderate Arab states, who finally woke up to this threat last summer when they denounced Hezbollah for provoking the Lebanon war with Israel. The fall of Gaza is particularly terrifying to Egypt because Hamas is so closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the chief Islamist threat to the secular-nationalist regime that has ruled Egypt since the revolution of 1952. Which is why Egypt has just invited Israeli, Jordanian, and moderate Palestinian leaders to a summit next week — pointedly excluding and isolating Hamas.

The splitting of Palestine into two entities is nonetheless clarifying. Since Hamas won the parliamentary elections of January 2006, we’ve had to deal with the fiction of a supposedly unified Palestine ruled by an avowedly “unity” government of Fatah and Hamas. Now the muddle has undergone political hydrolysis, separating out the relatively pure elements: a Hamas-ruled Gaza and Fatah-ruled (for now) West Bank.

Two Palestines, Anyone?
By Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 20, 2007

The Hamas victory over Fatah in Gaza on June 14 has great importance for Palestinians, for the Islamist movement, and for the United States. It has rather less significance for Israel.

Tensions between Fatah and Hamas are likely to endure and with them, the split between the West Bank and Gaza. The emergence of two rival entities, "Hamastan" and "Fatahland," culminates a long-submerged conflict; noting the two regions’ fissiparous tendencies in 2001, Jonathan Schanzer predicted it "would not be all that surprising" were the Palestinian Authority (PA) to divide geographically. Subsequent events did indeed pulled them apart:

  • The anarchy that began in early 2004 spewed forth Palestinian clan chieftains and criminal warlords.
  • Yasir Arafat’s death in November 2004 removed the transcendentally evil figure who alone could bridge the two regions.
  • Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in mid-2005 deprived Gaza of its one stabilizing element.
  • Hamas’s victory in the PA elections of January 2006 provided a strong base from which to challenge Fatah.

Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship

Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a fullfledged totalitarian state.

Mr Bukovsky paid a visit to the European Parliament on Thursday at the invitation of Fidesz, the Hungarian Civic Forum. Fidesz, a member of the European Christian Democrat group, had invited the former Soviet dissident over from England, where he lives, on the occasion of this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. After his morning meeting with the Hungarians, Mr Bukovsky gave an afternoon speech in a Polish restaurant in the Trier straat, opposite the European Parliament, where he spoke at the invitation of the United Kingdom Independence Party, of which he is a patron.

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