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Monday, March 07, 2005

Middle East democracy? NOT IN (the liberals) NAME!

The post of the day (hat tip to pike speak)is by the wonderful Mark Steyn, and it is here. A pair of excerpts:
By the way, when's the next Not In Our Name rally? How about this Saturday? Millions of NIONists can flood into the centers of San Francisco, New York, Brussels and Paris to proclaim to folks in Iraq and Lebanon and Egypt and Syria and Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority that all the changes under way in the region are most certainly Not In Their Name.
With hindsight, the fellow travelers were let off far too easily when the Iron Curtain fell like a discarded burqa. Little more than a decade later, they barely hesitated a moment before jumping in on the wrong side of history yet again. Not in your name? Don't worry, it's not.

I can't help but wonder whether or not Mark Steyn has always been as fantastic as he has been since 9/11. I mean it is easy, or easier, to write well when you are right. Bush's response to 9/11 is the result of probably 3 or 4 individual beliefs.

1. That the Middle East produces terrorists not because of religion, nor ethnicity, nor justifiable grievances, but because it is run by assholes.
2. That appeasing terrorists leads to more, not less terrorism.
3. That we COULD liberate Iraq. This breaks down into two parts:
a) that the American public would support N-1 casualties before losing the will to wage war
b) that the American military would liberate Iraq before N-1 happened
4. Whichever reason I'm missing.

This is a wonderful time to be a conservative. I mean there's a warm glow in every conservative breast right now, probably akin to what liberals felt when Nixon was impeached. We were/are right and the world is a better place because we're in charge!!! (Of course I'm not in charge of anything... neither are 99.99999% of the conservatives on-line, but still) Whoo-hoo!

The thing is, we were only right about 3 or 4 ideas, and they didn't necessarily stem from conservative philosophy. Hubris is a bad thing- humility is not. Let's hope the conservatives in charge remember that.


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