The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Friday, November 24, 2006
"The hit this week was not a bolt from the blue. For the past several weeks Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah and his bosses in Syria and Iran have made it brutally clear that they intend to bring down the anti-Syrian government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and replace it with a pro-Syrian, pro-Iranian coalition led by Hizbullah.
Although their intentions are clear, a casual observer of events could be forgiven for finding the timing of Gemayel's murder somewhat mystifying. After all, the UN Security Council is preparing the establishment of an international tribunal to try those responsible for the February 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Why would Syrian President Bashar Assad wish to make people mad at him now by killing yet another anti-Syrian politician in Lebanon? What a casual observer misses is the simple fact that events in Lebanon do not stand on their own. Like Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon is a front in a regional war being waged against the US, Israel and their allies by Iran and Syria. Iraq is another front in this war and Gemayel's murder is intimately tied to developments in Iraq.
The Democratic Party's victory in the November 7 Congressional elections convinced Iran and Syria that they are on the verge of a great victory against the US in Iraq. Iranian and Syrian jubilation is well founded in light of the Democratic leadership's near unanimous calls for the US to withdraw its forces in Iraq; Bush's firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his appointment of his father's CIA director Robert Gates to replace him; and Bush's praise for the Congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group charged with revisiting US strategy in Iraq, which is being co-chaired by his father's secretary of state James Baker III. "
[Caroline Glick Iraq Lebanon Middle East]
"But he simply said to them, 'Look, this is about our country and the unity of our country and it's far more important than scoring political points on the backs of the Liberal Party'. . . That's when I said to myself, I am witnessing a special moment in history."
[Harper leadership Quebec]
"Now Congressman Lantos is faced with the following incontrovertible record - predicted with precision by Ambassador John Bolton. Thirty percent of all the UN Human Rights Commission resolutions adopted over a forty-year period and critical of a specific states' human rights record were directed at Israel alone. In comparison, in five sessions since it first met in June of this year, the Council has directed one hundred percent of its human rights resolutions condemning a specific state towards Israel.
Will Chairman Lantos continue to blame America for UN-driven anti-Zionism and anti-semitism and refuse to recognize hate when it stares him in the face? Or will he encourage the necessary steps to distance the United States from the UN's lead human rights agency now so obviously foreign to everything we (and Congressman Lantos) hold dear?"
[bayefsky UN human rights]
Patterico-Is the L.A. Times reporting unconfirmed enemy propaganda from an Iraqi stringer with ties to the insurgency?
...Or is the paper simply misreporting the facts, and failing to seek out and report the military’s side of the story?
[Patterico lA Times Iraq]
"Things like 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone who uses a firearm in the commission of an offence. Like making life in prison mean life. Like appointing judges who care more about the protection of society than the rights of criminals."
"But even though I support these leaders working together, there is still such political posturing to it all. After an hour of patting each other on the back, they still hadn’t mentioned there had been three shootings here in the last 48 hours.
This week’s incidents show how free and unafraid these people feel. They are carrying guns all the time. You have to be careful because you don’t know who has one. If there is one rat you do spot, there’s 100 you didn’t. You are probably never more than a few metres from a gun."
[crime guns gangs drugs]
"It would take the skills of a Shakespeare to do justice to the drama of the Gemayel family's leadership of the Maronite Christians in Lebanon. But it's not too soon to say that the assassination in Beirut of Pierre Gemayel is more than just another political murder apparently perpetrated by a Syrian dictator who's making a habit of this sort of thing. Pierre was the grandson and namesake of a patriarch of Lebanon, the nephew of an elected president, Bashir — who was himself assassinated shortly after being elected in 1982 — and the son of another president, Amin. The Gemayels were for peace with Israel. The killing of Pierre Gemayel is a challenge to American politicians who view negotiations with Syria and Iran as a viable exit strategy in Iraq."