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Saturday, June 7th, 2003


On the Medal of Honor winners at Normandy

Saturday, June 7th, 2003



A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party and of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society….And the decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood, is ironically emphasized by occasional bursts of boldness and inflexibility on the part of those same functionaries when dealing with weak governments and countries that lack support…But they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists. ”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Written as part of his Harvard commencement address in 1978, Solzhenitsyn described what today could rightly be termed the ” spirit of the elites ” that still exists today in the EU, the Social Democratic parties, France as a whole, in the State Department, among the transnational NGO’s, the Georgetown sophisticates and other intellectuals who excoriate Bush for daring to fight back against Islamo-fascism, terrorism and rogue state dictatorships. These experts urged appeasement of the Soviets when they were strong and tried to rescue the evil empire when it was weak ( and now try to rewrite history with self-congratulatory articles in liberal newsmagazines to argue that Reagan had absolutely nothing to do with the Soviet collapse). In the U.S. they inhabit both major political parties but read the same journals, graduate from the same schools and offer the same self-referential opinions that prescribe, for any foreign policy crisis, little better than a world-weary muddling through where ultimate solutions are impossible.

These folks are out of power now and they are hopping mad about it. The vitriol hurled by the Paul Krugmans and the Robert Scheer’s at Bush and Tony Blair is a measure of their desperation to regain the reins of power to resume their declinist, transnationalist and anti-democratic agenda.

Saturday, June 7th, 2003


I am most concerned about the Bush administration’s obvious lie about the existence of prohibited Husseins in Iraq. Iraq has been scoured for Saddam, Uday and Qusay class Husseins since the war ended but not a trace of Husseins have been found. Nor have UN diplomats been allowed into Iraq to talk to any potentially existing Husseins.

Instead the administration has offered us feeble examples of “palaces ” where the Husseins were alleged to have lived; questionable eyewitness reports from defecting Iraqis who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of a Hussein. Iraqi reports of fake Saddams have been recklessly discounted by this administration in their quest for a war for oil.

As we know, this war was justified by the Bush administration that claimed to have ironclad proof that Iraq had Saddam Hussein. Well, the war has been over for months and there is not a scintilla of evidence that Saddam or any other Hussein ever existed

I demand an investigation

I posted this on Brad De Long’s comment board the other night but my sarcasm was unfortunately roundly ignored by those people offering the WMD conspiracy argument. Oh well.

Saturday, June 7th, 2003


Thanks to the alert from Caerdroia. Something was wrong with blogger because it was not responding to my attempts to fix the problem but sudenly, this morning the thing worked. I’m not sure if the problem is me or blogger or both. Attempts at creating a blogroll have likewise failed so if anyone out there has some advice please contact me ’cause I’d like to get a blogroll going sometime.

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