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The Iraq elections are Teddy Kennedy's Vietnam.
John Podhoretz, The Corner, National Review Online
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The Iraq elections are Teddy Kennedy's Vietnam.
Here's a snippet of Iraqi blog reaction to Sunday's elections:
It will be a day forever remembered. My voting was only a simple act, I went, I identified myself, got my finger stained, filled out a ballot, and dropped it in a box. It is not a complex or grand process to the eye, but it is one that I will forever remember and will recount to my children, and their children. And God willing it will be remembered through the ages.
As I type, it is about 7:15 AM, Sunday, in Iraq. The polls have already opened. My thoughts and prayers are with the Iraqi people who, for the first time in their lives, will have the opportunity to vote in a free election. It is quite possible that a higher percentage of eligible voters will go to the polls in Iraq today, under threat of death, than vote in American elections. This is an incredible comment on the bravery and desire for freedom of many Iraqis, and on how many of us take our own freedom for granted.
Here are two very useful resources from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies on Sunday's elections:
On the eve of Iraq's historic elections, what better occasion for the New York Times to trot out the "Iraq as Vietnam" analogy:
Wednesday's Wall Street Journal carried a superb essay by Dr. Fouad Ajami, one of the foremost scholars on the Middle East, on the impact of Sunday's Iraqi elections:
On Monday, UPI published a brief, mostly unnoticed article, entitled "Age of Terrorism in Algeria Nearing End":
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In an era when anti-Semitism is rampant in the Middle East and coming back into fashion among Europeans, and when America, Israel and the West again find themselves at war with a barbarous ideology of hatred and death, the horrors of the Holocaust must never be forgotten. The following resources are excellent starting points for remembering the truth:
Here are four blogs worth monitoring for Iraqi election coverage:
In Monday's Guardian, noted left-of-center author William Shawcross lays out exactly what's at stake in Iraq:
In Monday's Los Angeles Times, former Attorney General turned anti-American crank Ramsey Clark defended his decision to act as defense counsel for Saddam Hussein:
Links and References Updated: 1-6-05 (DD)
Once upon a time, the term "neoconservative" was a quaint relic of Cold War intellectual history. It referred to formerly liberal and leftist thinkers such as Norman Podhoretz who had migrated rightwards and embraced anti-Communism. For Podhoretz and other "neoconservatives", American power is a force for good that should be employed when necessary in support of both American ideals and interests.
Courtesy of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies:
My own political bias leads me to emphasize some of the more ridiculous antics of people on the left. Alas, stupidity is something that spans the political spectrum. Here is just one example.
Like most normal people you probably missed it, but Thursday was "National Not One Damn Dime Day":
In his inaugural address today, George W. Bush laid out the essence of what has become known as the Bush Doctrine, and took that doctrine to its logical conclusion:
One of this week's big stories is the New Yorker article by Seymour Hersh alleging that:
Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark has steadily migrated towards the lunatic fringe over the last several decades. Now, he has officially stepped over the precipice:
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, fresh off demagoging the election results in Ohio, decided to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by by offering the following statement:
One of the new additions to my list of links is In the Red Zone, a fascinating blog by freelance journalist Steven Vincent. Vincent has traveled extensively in post-Saddam Iraq, and has recently published a book sharing his experiences. Expect to see me link to his work on a regular basis.
The January 10, 2005 New York Daily News reports the following:
Just because al-Qaeda and other jihadists want to relegate females to the status of property doesn't mean there's not a place for women in the jihad. As today's Washington Times reports, there is now a magazine designed to meet the needs of the female suicide bomber in your life:
Arthur Chrenkoff has produced yet another of his biweekly Iraq progress reports. As he explains:
On this official holiday, I just wanted to acknowledge the enormous achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By confronting the shameful legacy of Jim Crow, Dr. King and the civil rights movement forced America to come to terms with our abject failure to live up to our own ideals. As a result of his tragically short life, the USA is a far better place than before, though still not quite where we need to be. Dr. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is truly one of the great pieces of American oratory. On this day when we honor Dr. King's legacy, it is well worth reading:
On Friday, the Washington Post carried an article breathlessly titled "Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground". Written by Dana Priest, the article asserts that:
In an opinion piece for the December 17th Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius sounded the following warning about the Iraqi elections:
Friday's Opinion Journal has a great essay by Brian C. Anderson on the new wave of unrest beginning to emerge on our nation's campuses. Not liberal or leftist protests, but conservative students rebelling against the stultifying, politically correct, left-of-center orthodoxy that dominates most American universities:
Military blogger Blackfive has an essay written by Lt. Colonel Tim Ryan, a battalion commander with the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq, on media coverage of the war. While I don't agree with everything, especially the title, I definitely think Lt. Col. Ryan makes some excellent points about the contrast between the perceptions created by that coverage, versus the reality on the ground. Please give it a read:
As usual, Victor Davis Hanson's Friday column for National Review Online provides some sorely needed perspective on affairs in Iraq:
An interesting article in today's Los Angeles Times indicates that the Iraqi insurgents are fueled by more than just fanaticism:
The January 13 edition of Global Jihad Watch, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies weekly War on Terror news roundup, is now available. Please give it a look:
One of the main criticisms made of the Bush Administration's Middle East policy is its alleged neglect of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The critics, who subscribe to what Victor Davis Hanson has aptly termed the "therapeutic view" of terrorism, argue that American support for Israel is one of the main causes of Arab and Muslim anti-Americanism. If the Palestinian issue is resolved, this argument goes, such sentiments will be greatly reduced. Former CIA officer turned author/pundit Michael Scheuer is an especially enthusiastic proponent of this notion.