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Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Great Roanoke Times Column

My weekly column is up over at the Roanoke Times. Access it here. It has to do with the ongoing war on terror.

Reading it once again and then reading today's headlines, I just hope our president has the same level of resolve as does the author of that article.

We either win this war or we lose it. There'll be no middle ground.

The Last Word On THE WORD

You can still hear the occasional murmur arising from the perennially puerile left here in Virginia about a purportedly intentional assault - a racial slur - that was inflicted on a Democratic candidate in the recent Democratic senate primary when he was depicted in caricature form with a nose that fairly resembled the shape of the candidate's nose (I know, it sounds bizarre ...). For those of you who don't believe me, here's a window into our surreal past.

I never commented on the scandal because it was just silly but you should have been around to read all about the hurt, the pain, the anger, the dishonor, the deceit, the abuse, the racism.

Well, now the same bunch is caught up in another hooked-nose type of scandal; this one involving the use of a word none of these deep thinkers had ever heard before it was uttered but now know - just know - that it is a ... drumroll ... racial slur.

I'm referring of course to the word macaca.

Here's a classic example of the mindset:
Steve Mukherjee, a spokesman for the Washington chapter of the Association of Indians in America, said Allen's comments were "hurtful," and he chided the senator for not being more sensitive.

"The world is so volatile and so delicate," Mukherjee said. "You have to be careful what you say and how you say it. The U.S. is no longer black and white."

Asked what macaca means, Mukherjee said: "What it means, I don't know. But it's going to cause him some grief." [my emphasis] (

Hilarious. We don't know what it means but we're outraged just the same. Ignorance, Mukherjee, is indeed sometimes outrageous. But ignorance never stopped these geniuses from getting their undies in a bunch when they perceive a wrong to have been committed - whether that wrong is real or imagined or even makes sense.

We seem to have boundaries being established in our modern discourse. As long as you stick to pointing out how idiotic these people are, you're okay. But draw cartoons with hooked-nose characters or utter words that they don't understand and expect holy hell.

Kinda amusing really ...

It's Time For The U.N. To Prove It Should Exist

The strident efforts of our State Department to work within the framework set up by the international community (as opposed to "going it alone") has resulted in abject failure:
Beirut cools to disarming Hezbollah
By Betsy Pisik, The Washington Times

BEIRUT -- The prospect that a triumphal Hezbollah militia will give up its weapons slumped yesterday, with the Lebanese government backing away from a vague promise to disarm it, and a promised international force showing no interest in the mission. (
As for that international body that was behind all the negotiations that brought us this result, George Bush should either demand that the United Nations, for the first time in its existence, follow through and force Hezballah to disarm or he should invite the U.N. to leave our shores forever.

It has gotten this bad.

Man The Battle Stations

Israel is about to learn what conciliation brings. It is not going to be pretty. Pray for them. And for ourselves. We're in this together.

Who's to blame for the debacle that took place in southern Lebanon over the last month? It seems clear:

Ralph Peters, The New York Post

August 17, 2006 -- Israel's rep for toughness in tatters. Hezbollah triumphant. Iran cockier than ever. Syria untouched. Lebanon's government crippled. An orgy of anti-Semitism in the global media. Anti-Americanism exploding among Iraqi Shi'as inspired by Hezbollah.

Thanks, Prime Minister Olmert. Great job, guy. (link)

Peters is right but there's more blame to go around. President Bush once talked of going after terrorists wherever they hid and of punishing regimes that harbored them. Hezballah is a terrorist organization hiding in plain sight and the Bush administration pressured a timid and confused Olmert into agreeing to a cease-fire and to a retreat from territory seized. The terrorists are, at this very moment, reclaiming their original military positions.

I came to expect this sort of fecklessness from Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright but never from this administration.

If we had a problem with global terror before, stick around. The world will soon be in flames and those who have vowed to slaughter our children and grandchildren are celebrating - and reloading.

And Then There's The Growing Border Menace

What in God's name is going on down along the border with Mexico?
A new role for the undermanned Border Patrol
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

National Guard troops deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of President Bush's plan to free U.S. Border Patrol agents have been assigned bodyguards -- some of the same agents the soldiers were sent to relieve.

Several veteran Border Patrol agents in Arizona told The Washington Times they were issued standing orders to be within five minutes of National Guard troops along the border and that Border Patrol units were pulled from other regions to protect the Guard units -- leaving their own areas short-handed. (
We've engaged in an intense debate over the last several months about how best to protect our southern border. The insights gained in that debate have brought about a strategy that requires that our border guards be there to protect our border guards.

Madness. Utter madness.