Saturday, February 15, 2003

Don't they hear themselves?

Yesterday, in my "American Foreign Policy" tutorial (aka. conference), the teaching assistant, as usual, asked students what they thought would happen in Iraq within the next week or so. Time and time again students raise their hands and say things like:

-"Well, according to Al Ahram newspaper...."

-"The folks at IndyMedia think that..."

-"There was this fabulous article in "The Worker" that predicted that...."

-"Well didn't you read what was written in the [McGill] Daily last issue?"

...and no one seems to think there's anything wrong with the sources of information that these people are using! Meanwhile, when I say "It's interesting you'd think such a thing because yesterday in the National Post....", I'm met with enough "Pfft"s, "Pshhaww"s and "C'mon"s to make you puke. The worst part is, the teaching assistant is the worst culprit! I'm embarrassed to say that I've been attempting to soften him up and balance out my real political views with enough ass kissing to put anyone to shame, but the teaching assistant doesn't seem to care. I'm expecting my mid-term grade next week and I'm sure that his personal feelings towards me will be clearly visible in my grade. I (might) keep you posted on that.
A really BAD day at the UN...
One cannot but be despondent at what took place on Friday at the UN Security Council. Here is the French Foreign Minister clearly admitting that Iraq is in violation of the 17th UN resolution (this time 1441), then promoting the idea that the war will never be a solution to rid the world of Saddam, and most of the diplomats in the room applauding like trained seals. And Colin Powell, after being completely blind-sided by Hans-fence-sitting-Blix trying to get the world to read the terms of the very resolution they unanimously signed: 1441 is NOT about inspections. It is about Saddam willingly divulging the weapons he has and how he disposed of the ones he claims not to have anymore. RTFM. Read The Fucking Manual!!!

Now, Tony Blair has announced that yet more time will be given to the inspectors guessed it...another Hans Blix command performance on February 28th, when he will, once again announce nothing and ask for more time. And it is obvious that more time is needed in order to let 127 inspectors inspect a country the size of California, looking for enough VX and Anthrax material to fill a few bathtubs. I am guessing that anywhere between 10 and 15 years would do the trick, no problem.

So, the civilized world (as opposed to the "sophisticated" world of Europeans who think that looking through used books strolling along the Seine River with a beret is a powerful weapon against terrorism, tyranny and fascism) is at a crossroad.
Either we ignore the UN, stop contributing to it and let it become the official mouthpiece for dictators, tyrants and terrorists (which it effectively is), or we continue the charade in Iraq and wait until Saddam perfects his weapons and wipes Israel off the face of the earth. Because clearly that is what he is going to do in order to gain the adoration of the peace-loving Muslim world. Think about it, this would solve the Middle East problem and would relegate the region to producing oil, terrorists and suicide-bombers, which it already is. No one can argue that the region (other than Israel which contributes more than its share of scientists, Nobel Prize winners and patents) is contributing much to the world. Science? Nope. Medicine? Nope. Food? Nope. Foreign aid? Nope. Peace and prosperity? Nope. Funding for terrorism and despots? Oh yes...plenty of that.

So what may happen over the next little while?
One of two scenarios. Scenario 1: The world goes the French way. Saddam stays in power. The inspections slow him down a tad but eventually he develops enough weapons to wipe out Israel and deter the US from attacking Iraq. State terrorism has won. Other Arab despots are encouraged that the US bluff has been called and realize that the West can be blackmailed and threatened with impunity. France becomes the first European country to be ruled according to the Koran.

Scenario 2: the US says enough is enough. Saddam is deposed (sent to France to stroll along the Seine River). The people of Iraq are free. Other Arab thugocracies start falling when the students take on the established order, the Mullahs and the Clerics and shake off the culture of paranoia, entitlement and terrorism which has produced nothing but misery and war for generations. The Mullahs and Clerics all end up in France pretending to be Khomeini. France becomes the first European country to be ruled according to the Koran.

Either way, I am glad I left France to live in North America.
Oh, the irony

Interestingly enough, after searching online for a link to Brian Mulroney's speech about anti-Semitism and the State of Israel (as I mentioned I would in in the previous post), the only place online that carries a transcript of the speech is a website that's, well....anti-semitic. It makes me terribly uncomfortable when people start keeping track of statistics about Jews in high places, or when they know the name of every Jew involved in politics in Canada over the past ten years. Clearly this site is bad news....but I'll link to it anyway so you can read the speech and then e-mail the webmaster to tell him he's full of shit (

Update: Reader Ted was kind enough to point me to a more Jew-friendly website that carries Mulroney's speech. I'm leaving the other link posted because it's important to see how some people still feel about minorities.
Now why didn't I think of that?

In a speech at the University of Toronto recently, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney characterized Canada's foreign policy vis-a-vis the US as.....the "suck and blow policy"

"It's called 'the suck and blow at the same time' foreign policy,'' the former Conservative prime minister said. "You denigrate the Americans in caucus. You ridicule them in the House of Commons. You ridicule the President of the United States as best you can and then, at the last second, after you've done all that damage, you jump on board and say: 'Hey, we're with you. Here's Canada to the rescue.'

Mulroney also gave an incredible speech about anti-Semitism and the reasons for which he urges the Canadian government to support the State of Israel (which he claims to have always done). If I can find the speech online, I will link to it. It really is amazing.

Friday, February 14, 2003

According to Debka, the US/UK resolution which will be introduced to the Security Council will call for Saddam to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face war.
Can anyone see Saddam actually leaving Iraq? I think not!
Comments are back on...Have a blast (our a shout out...whatever the case may be!)
In case you needed something relevant to wear...

This could be interesting...Adib Shaaban, the right hand of Saddam Hussein’s powerful son Uday, has defected.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly reports exclusively that this key member of Saddam Hussein’s administration, who was charged with his son’s most sensitive missions, traveled to Jeddah at the beginning of this week, saying he needed to put through some gold transactions ahead of the war. From Jeddah, he flew to Beirut and… disappeared.
US intelligence sources report that Shaaban never really went to Beirut. He made his way under cover to Damascus Monday and was picked up by an unmarked plane for an unknown destination. As Uday’s closest aide, he also managed a chain of official publications, including the authoritative Babel, and was in on the Saddam regime’s deepest secrets.
Uday commands the secret army known as Saddam’s Fedayeen, the backbone of Baghdad’s defenses and custodian of the weapons of mass destruction that were not smuggled out to Lebanon. Uday is also the chief of the ruling Baath Party’s covert service.
Shaaban must therefore be a veritable treasury of Saddam Hussein’s secrets. In American hands, Uday’s chef de bureau would be even more valuable than the proverbial smoking gun.
This is priceless...
Today, Arafat announced that he was going to name a Prime Minister who will report directly to him. To me, this seems to be a giant yawn. But to the Palestinian mafia Authority, this is a significant move. Its spokesman, Saeb Erakat declared: "Today we have done our part, now it's up to [Israeli] Prime Minister [Ariel] Sharon, and also to the quartet and above all to the American side, to adopt, declare and begin the process of implementing the road map," So there you have it. The ball is now in Israel's court, the Palestinians have done all they could towards peace. Whoaaaaaahahahaha....Yeah. Never mind that they still fund terrorist groups, never mind that they still teach children to hate Jews in every school, never mind that their constitution still calls for the incineration of, none of this matters of course. Arafat is going to name a puppet Prime Minister and that should do it.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

A day in the life of Naomi Ragen...
Incredible how calm and composed Israelis are in the face of daily threats. Remarkable.
The rising lake Kinneret, on the other hand, has been quite a comfort. It has been raining almost constantly. How wonderful! After so many years of drought! Each drop that falls, is a blessing. Had we had one more year of drought, we would have been close to the breaking point. Our groundwater was getting polluted, our main reservoir, the Kinneret, was down five (!) meters! And now, all this rain and snow. A blessing. And every day, another terrorist plot is foiled. Yesterday it was a 20 kilo bomb set to go off in Jerusalem, a day or two before, a bomb four times the size.(I'll tell you the truth - who can keep track of how many and how large?) Rockets landing harmlessly near neighborhoods in Gaza and Sderot. Our soldiers foil their plots. Again, and again, and again.

I got my booklet from the army on how to prepare my home in case of attack. I cleaned out my bomb shelter [note: can you imagine the panic here if anyone was asked to clean out their bomb shelters!!!], bought water, talked my daughter into taking this seriously, got my husband to agree to buy the plastic sheeting and cellotape to seal off windows (he says we still have some left from the last Gulf War, and it did no good then...)

I'm working, finishing a new book that takes place in Israel. It's about a family coping with a terrorist attack, and the British reporter whose covering the story, and about the grandmother who went through the Holocaust...So many issues that I am living every day. Life and art are very close.

On television tonight, I was amazed to see that Americans are also asked to stock up on water, and that life has changed there too. And Heathrow airport has tanks! The words of an article I wrote long ago, when the Intifada just began, echoed in my head:" It always starts with the Jews, but it never ends there. If an Israeli grandmother and her grandchild are not safe in the park, then no grandmother and no grandchild anywhere in the world is safe in the park." I can't believe how quickly it all came true.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Right on!

I must say, this post from MaderPundit made me laugh out loud.

MaderPundit writes:
Leaders of the 67 locals of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) overwhelmingly passed a motion stating their opposition to war in Iraq.

Leaders of the free world overwhelmingly failed to notice. If they had, they would have overwhelmingly failed to care....

Go read the rest.
David Frum is the man!

For the past week or so, as the question of war with Iraq has shifted from "if" to "when", I've had several dicussions with people in which the following exchange has taken place:

Anti-war leftist: Why does Bush have to rush into a war like this? What's the hurry?

Me: Rush? It's been over a year and half since 9/11! Everyone has been talking about war since then and there hasn't been any war until now....or soon enough!

Anti-war leftist: Oh c'mon! You know perfectly well that Saddam has nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism and terror. Face it, this war's about oil

Me: barf

Nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism? Frum doesn't seem to think so. Here the diary entry he posted today:

News From Osama (re: the new audio tape)

Can we retire now this idea that the “religious” Osama and the “secular” Saddam have nothing to do with one another?

I remember watching a large pro-Iraq demo in London four months ago. Tens of thousands of men and women in Islamic dress marched along Piccadilly chanting pro-Saddam slogans. Maybe Saddam has nothing to do with Islamic extremism – but Islamic extremism sure has a lot to do with him.

For all those wondering why the French are trying to stop the war in Iraq

*Note*: The description of World War I is priceless

The Complete Military History of France

- Gallic Wars - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.

- Hundred Years War - Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman."

- Italian Wars - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

- Wars of Religion - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

- Thirty Years War - France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

- War of Devolution - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

- The Dutch War - Tied

- War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War - Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

- War of the Spanish Succession - Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

- American Revolution - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far
more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of
the fighting."

- French Revolution - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

- The Napoleonic Wars - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

- The Franco-Prussian War - Lost. Germany plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

- World War I - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep
with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French

- World War II - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

- War in Indochina - Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

- Algerian Rebellion - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

- War on Terrorism - France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese
ambassador, fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?" but rather "How long until France
Escaping Islam

Nonie Darwish, at FrontPageNews, has written a fantastic article about her gradual 'escape' from Islam. As a somewhat religiously observant person, it bothers me that someone, of any religion, would have to abandon that religion because of the process of bastardization through which certain individuals have put the entire religion. Since I often criticize Muslims for keeping quiet about the horrors of terrorism and fundamentalist Islam, I feel that it's my duty to highlight articles by those who do. Go read Nonie's's great.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Monstrous Hypocrisy

Officials said the U.S. intelligence community has relayed information that Al Qaida intends to launch an attack during the Id Al Adha holiday with "soft targets" such as tourists likely victims. The holiday is marked by an annual Muslim pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca.

These are the same people who were up in arms about the possibility of American strikes against the Muslim world during Ramadan.

[via Right Wing News]

Monday, February 10, 2003

Well it's about time: Sharon promises Israel he will remove Arafat
That'll be the day. I think that Saddam and Arafat will soon end up wearing stripes and sharing a cell.
Well, actually Sharon said he'd remove the current Palestinian leadership. I am guessing that as soon as Saddam is a goner, so is Yasser. And hopefully, they'll both start counting their 72 virgins.
Jews are 'oh-so-trendy'

Jews make up two percent of the American population. At the moment, though, they make up more than 33 percent of the Democratic presidential candidates. Toss General Wesley Clark into the mix and the figure tops 42 percent. Who knew?

The Irish-sounding John Kerry was always quite Catholic, or so we thought. Even though the Massachusetts senator learned of his Jewish roots some 15 years ago, he only got around to trumpeting the news the other day that he's more Jewish than he thought. First it was just a Jewish grandmother; now he's discovered a Jewish grandfather as well. Suddenly, on the campaign trail in Florida, he could hardly talk about anything else.

Clark, the former NATO commander who is flirting with a presidential run, discovered his Jewish roots more than 20 years ago. But only in recent weeks did he reveal that he is descended from "generations of rabbis."

Perhaps they are following in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, a lifelong Methodist who chose an opportune moment — when she was running for the Senate in New York — to let slip that she had a Jewish step-grandfather and that her mother's half-sister converted to Judaism. And Madeleine Albright, you may recall, discovered her Jewishness — with a little help from a nosy reporter — just months after her appointment as Secretary of State.

What's going on here? Has Jewish ancestry been something of a dark secret for public figures, to be whispered among family members but not mentioned in polite company? And if so, how is it that politicians keep stumbling upon this information when it comes in handy, particularly at campaign time? Do they think it will make fundraising easier, or make them appear more sympathetic to Israel, or win them votes in certain precincts of Brooklyn and Miami Beach?
Is there some kind of campaign I could help her with?

Bush may tap California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, a conservative judge who ruled against affirmative action and abortion rights, if a spot opens on the U.S. Supreme Court

ok ok ok, I admit it....I don't know much about this woman and her views on abortion are a little sketchy (for me, at least) but she kinda reminds me of bad could she be?

[via Drudge]
Condi speaks

It's sad that such an eloquent woman has to waste her time explaining such obvious things to the anti-war left.

"The terrorists are striking because they want to bring down civilization as we know it. We would be misguided in believing terrorists will leave us alone if we leave them alone." cute!

You know, when I see stuff like this, I have to laugh because I can't help but think that most of the Arab regimes that these women are working so hard to keep in power, would probably hang them all as punishment for their ridiculous displays of nudity. And dare I ask, why the heck is it always the women who pull stupid stunts like these? Ladies, put your clothes back on - you're giving my gender a bad name.

[via Right Wing News]

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Remember how Iraq supposedly released all the information it had in the 12,000-page work of art they produced for Hans Blix and his pals?
Well turns out...ready for this?...turns out that it was not totally true. Imagine this. Saddam was lying!!! Who would have thought?
Iraq is now producing documents on things they don't have (according to them) about VX, Anthrax, etc...
Blix said the Iraqis had handed over documents on "specific, high-profile unresolved issues" including anthrax, the chemical agent VX, and missiles.
Wonder if the liberals who were so quick to point to the fact that Saddam "was coming clean" will recognize that, once again, he was a lying SOB.