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Saturday, March 27, 2004


Clarke's Play for Bush 


The election is a very long way off.

Clarke's time in the spotlight will be ending soon enough, but the topic of who did what against terrorism will remain, and the facts overwhelmingly support Bush and irrevocably condemn Clinton.

The Democrats' Pandora's Box has been opened.

With all the hype surrounding Clarke and his unprecedented publicity, no Democrat can reasonably claim that Bush would be "distasteful" to respond, and respond he will with verifiable facts all the way up to Election Day.

This also opens the door wide to a detailed accounting of what Clinton did or did not do to prevent 9-11. It may even lead to new public examination of the recession Bush inherited when he took office, as well as the dubious stable of Clinton holdovers, who now appear to be little more than whipping-boys in waiting.

The net result of all this hubbub is a major victory for the Bush campaign, turning public interest toward terrorism. With such a foothold -- and others to come -- the Bush campaign can keep terrorism in the public eye all the way to the finish line.

To be sure, those who hate Bush will believe anything negative they hear, but they will never vote for him anyway. This is a play for the undecided voters, and there are more than enough of those.

But, despite pervasive media mendacity, those who are not sure will see lies from the left and facts from the right, and that will not work to Kerry's favor.

Frankly, it's a little too pat for my palate, but that's politics.


One thing you can always be sure of is that you can never really be sure of anything.



posted by Imal  # 4:52 PM

Wednesday, March 17, 2004


Victory in Spain 


Spain's incoming Socialist prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said today regarding Iraq:

"The occupying forces have not allowed the United Nations to take control of the situation."

The U.N. left Iraq in response to a terrorist attack, after rejecting U.S. offers of security, claiming that they did not want a "provocative U.S. presence" outside their compound, and has refused to return or confront those who attacked them.

The U.N. has surrendered to Al Qaeda in all but name.

Today, there are more U.N. employees on a single floor of the U.N. headquarters building in New York City than in the entire nation of Iraq, and they have indicated in no uncertain terms that they have neither the intention nor ability to "take control of the situation".

Mr. Zapatero seems to be unaware of the facts regarding Iraq and the U.N., either due to ignorance or deliberate stupidity. I find it incredible that the U.N.'s highly-publicized retreat in the face of terrorism somehow escaped Mr. Zapatero's attention, considering the fact that every news publication on the planet covered the story in great detail over a period of months.

Perhaps the incoming prime minister was on vacation most of last year and was not following the news of the world. In either case, it is troubling to hear such false and reckless statements coming from the new leader of a NATO member nation which has, until now, been an important ally in global antiterrorism operations.

Spain has chosen the government it deserves, as all nations will, but it is unlikely that the people of Spain will remain satisfied with their decision in the months to come, as the direction Socialism will lead them becomes more clear.

For also today, another leader has spoken.

A message was printed in al-Hayat from the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, the Al Qaeda affiliate which claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings. The message contained this sentence, which encapsulates the grim truth of the situation in Spain more directly and accurately than anything else I have read so far:

"Praise be to God who gave us this victory in the conquest of Madrid... where one of the pillars of the axis of Crusader evil was destroyed."

In their own words, because Socialists can claim victory in Spain, Al Qaeda can also claim victory in Spain as a result. There cannot be a stronger connection, nor a more damning endorsement. Al Qaeda reports "mission accomplished" in Spain.

Effectively, Al Qaeda has claimed Spain's new government as a pawn if not an ally, and all indications from the Socialists are that they will indeed capitulate to terrorism. This is a sinister and ironic twist on what Osama bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists refer to as "the tragedy of Andalusia" -- the loss of Muslim Spain to Catholic forces in 1492.

Now, Al Qaeda celebrates "victory" in Spain.

Clearly, Spain's place in the world is changing. Time will tell if the new place it has chosen will be better or worse for its people.

At present, the outlook for Spain is not encouraging.


Socialism is the bastard stepchild of Communism.

posted by Imal  # 1:19 PM


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