Thursday, August 31, 2006
Assassinating Bush: The New Pornography
Nuance. Layers. Art.
This is where we are in the defense of civilization right now–fighting off actual terrorists slaughtering innocents for Islam and Western intellectual terrorists who just can’t stand the thought that a Republican is president. So they wish him dead.Oh yes, and a Syrian man is framed for the murder. Oh, now that is fucking hot!
Oh, yes. Ohhhh, yessss.
The Problem Is Not Rummy
Laying the groundwork for the administration's new push on Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday compared war critics to those who argued for appeasing the Nazis during World War Two. Rumsfeld made the controversial comments at the same American Legion venue where Bush is to speak on Thursday.
Actually, Rumsfeld did not make that comparison; Reuters' inferred it then reported it as fact. Disregarding the ongoing problem of Reuters' mendacity, what if Rumsfeld had made that criticism? I do all the time. Reuters describes the notion as controversial. Why?
QandO discusses the coloring of Rummy's comments and notes that the article has been extensively revised to better tell the whole truth, but the point remains, what could possibly be wrong with ascribing bad judgement to those who exercise it?
Underlying the anti-victory left’s problem with what Rummy said or did not say is the basic premise that their position is unassailable, that to criticize it is a personal affront: how dare we call their very judgement into question? (How's about because it's irresponsible?) So rather than address the point, they try to snuff the debate by victiming out: "You're questioning my (latest attack buzzword)!" Thus they railroad the debate over to their hurt feelings and indignance rather than the core problem, which is that they’re just flat-out wrong in not taking Islamic fascism seriously. All the tripe about substance vs. style is a diversion from Rummy’s over-arching point, that to dismiss the existential threat Islamic fascism presents is a fatal mistake, just as it was for those sacrificed to appeasement on the altar of Peace In Our Time. In that respect, and contrary to the latest leftist excuses, this is in fact very much like the run-up to WWII.
Bob Beckles and Howard Dean can carp all they want about their questioned patriotism, but they know that’s irrelevant. Fine, you’re patriotic. Feel better now? Great. Now, do you mind if we get on with killing the enemy?
I don’t care about how patriotic or virtuous some useful idiot thinks opposing this or supporting that makes him, and I don't care if he's offended that I disagree or by how I express that. And I certainly will express my deep loathing for whomever would give modern Nazism a pass just so their precious and special world view can remain intact a few seconds longer.
I'll repeat what I've said a hundred times since the Blame America First/Rape Defense crowd began their braying on 9/11: If such idiocy had no affect on my way of life and gave no succor to the enemy, I wouldn't give it a second thought. But it does affect my safety and my way of life, and so I'm going to point to that idiocy every chance I get. The idiots can wail about my style all they want.
Appeasement will do to our way of life what Islamic fascists would do to our necks, and Bush, Rumsfeld, John Howard and everyone else who understands that truth should be saying so, every day, until the idiots understand it's not about how it all makes them feel.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The U.N.'s Finest
While Kofi Annan is busy meddling in Lebanon, insisting that the Israelis allow shipments of arms to Hezbollah, here's what's going on back at the ranch:
The UN establishment in New York was shocked when it received an internal report last month exposing a culture that covered up behaviour that enraged many UN staff, several of whom resigned in disgust.How disconnected are the folks at Turtle Bay that they're shocked by this when the rest of the world has known about it for years? Wait 'til they hear about that child porn/prostitution ring they sponsored...
The report revealed that peacekeepers left behind at least 20 babies they had fathered to Timorese women who are now stigmatised and in some cases ostracised by their communities. It revealed that one UN peacekeeper from an unnamed country sexually abused two boys and two girls in the enclave of Oecussi, and in 2001, two Jordanian soldiers were evacuated home with injured penises after attempting sexual intercourse with goats.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Game Over; Plame, Wilson Still Traitorous Liars
The list of losers is huge, but there is also a big winner, as Captain's Quarters points out:
It's easy to add up all of the people who lost in the collapse of Valerie Plame leak case after Michael Isikoff and David Corn revealed that Richard Armitage originally gave the information to Robert Novak. Joe Wilson watched his carefully-constructed and mostly false version of events come apart at the seams. Novak lost his job at CNN (later catching on with Fox) and came under tremendous criticism for his refusal to act to free other journalists from legal action. Patrick Fitzgerald put a lot of tarnish on his previously sterling reputation for extending a criminal investigation for years after the culprit confessed five days into the Department of Justice probe. Judith Miller lost the respect of her peers because of a belief that she protected Bush administration officials and acted as a mouthpiece for them, an assessment that none of her colleagues bothered to revisit after the Isikoff/Corn story came out on Sunday.I love it.
The only man who appears to have emerged from the spectacle relatively unharmed and perhaps enhanced is Karl Rove.
Imagine believing even a word of the Wilson/Corn/Isikoff fabrication, never mind being ideologically gullible enough to have swallowed it whole.
Note to idiots: That burning sensation in your cheeks? That's the heat generated by your brain realizing its own stupidity.
HT: Red Forman
Monday, August 28, 2006
Know Thine Enemy
For the rest of us, the planes crashed into the WTC, the Pentagon, and a field in Shaksville, Pensylvania.
For the left, the planes crashed into their entire worldview, collapsing it as surely as the Twin Towers were collapsed.
And since then, they've made a determined and relentless effort to substitute in their own preferred narrative, in which the WTC was destroyed in a controlled demolition by the CIA, the Pentagon was simply blown up with an American missile or planted American bombs, and the first soldiers in the Greater War on Terror shouldn't even have bothered, because the Sidewinder missiles were on their way no matter what they did.
What links all these conspiracy theories? The unshakable belief that there is no enemy except the US Government (except, perhaps, for the Mossad), and that heroism, patriotism, and a physical defense of one's country and one's very own life is a doomed venture hardly worth the candle.
Admitting there is an external, implacable, and deadly threat to us strongly implies we need to fight it.
But they've decided a priori that fighting is never the correct response.
Ergo, somewhere the syllogism must be flawed. They focus their attention on the premise-- that there is in fact a deadly external threat. That must be demonstrated as incorrect if their preferred conclusion -- pacifism at any price -- is to remain viable.
In their own minds they've rebulit the Towers so they were never destroyed that day, but they now stand on a foundation of magical thinking and a childish retreat into dreamworlds and fantasies.
For some, the choice between adapting one's worldview to the real world or adapting the real world to one's worldview is a fairly easy call.
FOX Guys Are Good
As for their conversion to Islam at gunpoint, that's what we in the civilized world refer to in our laws as duress. I can understand how it would satisfy a monkey with an AK-47, but it doesn't benefit the religion of Islam.
Why do I not hear Muslims pointing this out?
Saturday, August 26, 2006
HuffPo Idiot: Burn The Reichstag
The upside: This piece of garbage betrays the true nature of leftist thinking, in case anyone out there hasn't got a handle on it yet. The technique is a familiar one: first, declare how awful it would be to think/say/believe in your gut a vile and hideous thing, then use the all-purpose "but" to advance its case. It's a simple device with a simple purpose: to allow the writer to express what's really on his mind without taking responsibility for it. It telegraphs that the writer knows how hateful, irresponsible and dangerous he's being in presenting this abomination of twisted reasoning; otherwise, what's the need for the disclaimer in the first place? No, this coward doesn't just contemplate selling out his fellow man for the cause of all that's idiotic in the world- he's willing to lie about it as well in the hope he'll get a pass. If you don't believe me, read the comments following this idiot's rant. They come mostly from other idiots who support his reasoning but want to shush him before the adults take notice.
If this all sounds familiar, it's because it relates directly to the left's overarching concept that your life is not as valuable if you don't share their politics.
UPDATE: A more thorough examination at Caerdroia.
W/thanks to JYB for inspiring the title of this post.
Friday, August 25, 2006
From Protein Wisdom, a look at the idiot left's new math, which serves as the rationale for their "scaredy-cat rightwinger" drivel:
Yes, it's fun with numbers, the Zundel/Keegstra/Ahmadinjad/leftist idiot way. Read at all here.
It seems the latest approach is that, hell it’s no big deal if 3,000 people get killed, look at the statistics! Oddly enough this rationalization isn’t used when discussing the military deaths in Iraq...
...What I find most cynical about this argument is that, a) I don’t believe for a second its proponents are serious, and b) it is the kind of argument that trades a sense of national purpose for the luxury of not being at all inconvenienced—all while asserting, if only obliquely, that the ideals we are fighting to protect are negotiable and can be best determined by a cost / benefit analysis that takes no stock in such outmoded intangibles as national unity, doing what we feel is “right,” or doing what—for the purposes of freedom and liberty—really must be done.
My Brother's Keepers, cont'd.
One of the idiot left's most repugnant themes is what I call the "rape defense", which is the stupefying argument that "the victim had it coming", the victim(s) being, for example, the U.S. and her citizens on 9/11, or Israelis murdered by a self-detonating Palestinian or a Katyusha rocket, or American contract workers burned alive and desecrated in Fallujah (No-one does desecration like a street full of angry Arabs. Sad but true.). Its adherents on the left are legion: Kos, Ward Churchill, Bob Laurence, and now former Democrat operative Mike Whitney who, along with the reprehensible Laurence, says that Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, kidnapped by Islamofascists in Gaza, deserve no assistance because they work for FOX News.
FOX has become successful because it gives conservatives a voice they don't have on other networks. This drives the left and the MSM insane; they simply don't want us on (and in) the right to have any voice at all, and FOX's success means they no longer control the dialogue. The result? Ratings have nosedived across the MSM, apparently making it okay for Old Media types and their idiot fans to dismiss Centanni and Wiig as somehow deserving their present situation.
Try to imagine Brit Hume declaring that members of a CBS crew kidnapped by the same thugs were, ahem, on their own. Whereas the same thing coming from the MSM is truly no surprise at all.
Egads, the French can be embarrassed:
French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday that France would commit 2,000 troops to a new international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. The decision breaks a stalemate that has held up the dispatch of soldiers seen by diplomats as crucial to maintaining the 11-day-old cease-fire between Hezbollah
...France helped broker the U.N. cease-fire and initially indicated it would commit 2,000 troops to help maintain the truce. But Chirac was chastised at home and abroad when he later said he would dispatch only 200 engineers to augment the 200 French troops serving in an existing U.N. monitoring force on the Lebanon-Israel border.
...Chirac said he hoped France's decision Thursday would spur other countries to join the force, including the United States and Britain. Both have said they are too taxed in Iraq and Afghanistan to take part.
Wait until the world is laughing at you for bailing on your own offer to lead peacekeepers into Lebanon, then declare that the "courage" it takes to finally, for once, walk your own walk should stand as a beacon to others, some of whom are, well, already busy with what you have avoided as a matter of national policy. Y'know: that fighting-Islamofascism thing.
As my father used to say, more nerve than Dick Tracy.
ONE-FIFTH OF A QUAGMIREAnd your little dog, too!
Like Vietnam, the Iraq war was launched with presidential lies. Like Vietnam, the Iraq war descended into a moral and military quagmire. And if Iraq seems to be less of a stuff-up, consider this fact: it’s taken just three years in Iraq for US deaths to equal the body count after six years in Vietnam.
Consider this fact, Phillip:
The death rate of American troops in Vietnam was 5.6 times that observed in Iraq.
How To Imitate Howard Dean
2. Channel your inner dungbeetle.
3. Start talking.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
The One Conjecture
I think we get all psyched about our technology, but the fact is the greatest war technology in history was created in 1945, and the Iranians are about to get it. They're 60 years behind us-- so what? The past 60 years we've made incredible advances, but mostly in terms of fighting war more surgically and humanely. And frankly, I don't know if that's really the best way to win wars. The best way to win a war remains to drop a nuke on a city (or smuggle it in). Everything since then is just trying to find conventional, humane methods that can approach the same level of effectiveness. And we ourselves are 40 or so years from developing any non-nuclear strategy that is as effective as the simple and direct nuclear one.
So, a year from now, the Iranian madmen will be, for all real purposes, our equals in warfighting. Or our betters, as they, unlike us, are not afraid to use the best weapon available.
What can be done about this? Almost nothing.
Sawing At The Bars
Monday, August 21, 2006
Play Of The Day
The Democratic leaders called on the President to fulfill his commitment to the American people that his administration will continue to promote democracy in Iraq and change the course from his failed, stay the course strategy.HT: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I Can Dig That
I'll Keep This Simple
Friday, August 18, 2006
Welcome To Crazyville
Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys Strike Again
Despite expectations that France would provide the bulk of a planned 15,000 strong UN force, Paris said Thursday it would send 200 troops to reinforce the UN mission in Lebanon. While it said France was prepared to command the enlarged force, it also called for safety guarantees for its soldiers before making further commitments.The spirit of de Gaulle is alive and well: the French are happy to order everyone else around; just don't expect them to carry any water. Give them points for consistency. But wait! France has doubled its commitment to 400 troops. As Ben Stein would say, wow.
More French idiocy:
Alliot-Marie said troop contributions to the expanded UNIFIL force should come from a great number of countries, both in Europe and the Muslim world.Contribute 1.3 percent of a supposed fifteen thousand-man UN force to "control" south Lebanon, gloss over the part about disarming the terrorists infesting the country, demand safety for your troops, disclaim the "mission" part of the mission statement, then declare yourself the mission "leader". Could that be anyone but the French?
"What we must absolutely avoid is giving the image of a Western world imposing peace on the Muslim world," she said.
I pray the Israelis are using the time to plan their next engagement with Hezbollah while these idiots play with their matches.
Note to France: reality matters.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
No News Is Good News
The State Of The Bush Doctrine
Podhoretz dismantles a number of falsehoods and shows that, contrary to the current buzz about "the end of cowboy diplomacy" and other trite pronouncements, the Bush Doctrine continues to hold fast. Notwithstanding the perils that may come during the remainder of President Bush's second term, I believe historians will look upon this essay as integral to any accurate accounting of his presidency.
If we go by the President’s speeches, as well as by his unscripted remarks at press conferences and other venues, there is not the slightest indication that today he is any less wedded than he was at the start to any of the four commitments that together constitute the substance of the Bush Doctrine.
A good benchmark is his Second Inaugural Address, delivered on January 20, 2005. During the campaign that would end by giving him the opportunity to deliver this address, and in spite of the political considerations that might have led him to play it safe, Bush kept reaffirming his belief in the soundness of his doctrine and his determination to stick by all of its interrelated parts. Over and over again he declared that, if reelected, he would go on working for the spread of liberty throughout the broader Middle East; that he would not relent in the war against terrorism (whose main front was now Iraq); that he would continue reserving the right to strike preemptively against mounting threats; and that he would steadfastly refuse to support the establishment of a Palestinian state unless and until its leaders renounced terrorism and began pursuing democratic reform.
HT: Power Line
Related: Responding to George Will's Realism
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Propaganda For Idiots
Let's see, the Reuters fiasco, the gruesome parading of dead children in Kfar Cana, mysterious disappearing civilian casualties, the twice-bombed woman, teddy-bear- and tricycle-salting by pro-Hezbollah (or, simply Hezbollah) fauxtogs, multi-use buildings, they all lead to one question: is all of Lebanon faked?
Note to all those human shields going to Bierut to protect the fascists hijacking Lebanon: I wish you well, but you won't like the IAF's welcome to the real world.
Friends and family of Malka Chana Roth created the Malki Foundation to commemorate her dedication to disabled children in Israel.
Palestinians built a display commemorating the slaughter at An Najah University in Nablus. The sign in the first image reads "Kosher" in Hebrew.
Some pictures are worth much more than a thousand words.
Points To Ponder
When the Israelis capture Arabs in their wars, the captured Arabs are well fed, well housed, and eventually returned to their homes. When the Arabs (specifically the Syrians) have captured Israelis, they castrate them, cut off their male organs, decapitate the Israelis, and stuff their male organs in their mouths and leave the bodies on the field. Sometimes they also defecate on the bodies.
HT: Mark Levin
Monday, August 07, 2006
We Got Trouble
At some point, a powerful nation is going to wipe out a smaller nation for not taking action to stop the terrorists in its midst — in a manner that will make the U.S. toppling of the Taliban look like a pillow fight. The result will be bloody and awful; but we will not be able to say we didn't see it coming.I'd say we're pulling into the driveway.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Reuters Publishing Doctored Photos From Lebanon
Monster roundup by Ace. Includes Christopher Walken: "Well it's a hell of a forgery."
UPDATE: More on Mr. Green Helmet and fellow actors from AJ Strata.
First draft of the Beirut photoshopping drive-by. HT LGF
Another Fraudulent Adnan Hajj Photo
The London Times Online Sunday edition reveals a United Nations report that Iranian operatives purchased weapons-grade uranium from Tanzania but were caught trying to smuggle it into Iran disguised as coltan, a legal commodity commonly used in computer chips.
IRAN is seeking to import large consignments of bomb-making uranium from the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb, an investigation has revealed.
A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was “no doubt” that a huge shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in the Congo.
Tanzanian customs officials told The Sunday Times it was destined for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and was stopped on October 22 last year during a routine check.
The disclosure will heighten western fears about the extent of Iran’s presumed nuclear weapons programme and the strategic implications of Iran’s continuing support for Hezbollah during the war with Israel.
Captain Ed's key point contrasts Saddam's approach to the procurement of U-238 with that of Iran:
If this sounds familiar, it should. This scenario was exactly what the Brits determined might be the aim of Saddam Hussein, that time in Niger. As in Tanzania, the uranium mines had been shut down -- but in both nations, illegal mining had been known to occur. Hussein tried to get Niger's government to clandestinely arrange for trade in the one commodity they could not openly sell, but the Nigerien PM refused. Iran went behind the backs of Tanzanian officials and dealt directly with the illegal mining operations to get their nuclear material.
In other words, an even more ruthless enemy.
Quick, someone send Joe Wilson to Tanzania so he can come back and explain why this report can't possibly be true.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Tony Blair steps forward with a challenge:It's about time.
Blair said the international community should tell Syria and Iran that they should either play by the same rules as the rest of the world "or be confronted."
"Their support of terrorism, their deliberate export of instability, their desire to see wrecked the democratic prospect in Iraq, is utterly unjustifiable, dangerous and wrong.
"If they keep raising the stakes, they will find they have miscalculated," Blair said in a speech to the World Affairs Council, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles.
HT: Roger L. Simon
Friday, August 04, 2006
Surprise Guest Blogger
My Favorite Lamb Recipe
by The President Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Frenched Rack of Lamb with Herbs and Bread Crumbs
Total preparation time: 2 hours
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 medium cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (24 oz.) Frenched Rack of Lamb
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1. Combine the olive oil, mustard, garlic, rosemary and pepper to form a paste. Brush the mixture all over the rack of lamb. Let rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before roasting. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. In a small heavy skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat. When the oil is very hot, brown the lamb, forming a crust, about 5 minutes per side.
3. Rapidly spread the bread crumbs over the top of the rack and drizzle with the melted butter.
4. Immediately place the hot pan in the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 135° F, about 12 minutes.
5. Transfer the rack of lamb to a serving platter or carving board. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Slice in between the bones, forming either single or double chops.
6. Destroy the murderous Zionist regime.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Lamont Connects With His 'Roots
"I don't know anything about the blogs, I'm not responsible for those, I have no comment on 'em...Independent blogs, I can't say anything about it."Just for the record, who didn't notice the time-honored leftist excuse, "I'm not responsible" in Lamont's toss-out to reporters? It comes out sounding like "I'm irresponsible."
Lamont, who says he doesn't know about blogs, featured Markos Moulitsas Screw 'em Zuniga in his first campaign ad, and has his own campaign blog, "Official Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate Campaign Blog". He hired Tim Tagaris, who "has been instrumental at the DNC as their blogger." Lamont also loves Blogger's Day- he said so. And a breathless New Haven Independant article quotes Hamsher as saying, not once but repeatedly,
"Nobody interfaces with the blogs like the Lamont people."Lamont spinner Liz Dupont-Diehl is going off like a top:
But Dupont-Diehl said the campaign will not bow to the Lieberman campaign's demand that Lamont cut any ties with Hamsher. "She's not part of the campaign staff," Dupont-Diehl said. "She's an independent blogger covering the race."Of course she is no such thing: Hamsher has been all over the Lamont campaign. She films his commercials, she accompanies him on the road, she trumpets his blog-interfacing savvy to the world. At least she has until now. It looks like Lamont has already cast her off.
CT voters will likely do the same with Lamont when it becomes clear that he is the prototypical idiot-left candidate: polls already show Lieberman scoring 51 percent of the vote in November.
And If We Don't Give Them Constitutional Rights We'll Be No Better Than They Are
Do you feel stupid yet?
Speaking of Mel Gibson...
Why is it that most people were convinced Mel Gibson was antisemitic when he said antisemitic things, and yet there are some who aren't quite sure that Haq acted out of Muslim terrorist/jihadist Jew-hatred despite the fact he said, pretty much, "I am a Muslim terrorist/jihadist and I hate Jews," and then, in case you weren't quite convinced by his mere declarations (which could be self-serving puffery, I grant), started, in fact, shooting up a group of Jewish women, one of them pregnant?
France's Hezbollah Experience
I say let Chirac deal in. As long as we keep in mind that we can't trust the prick as far as I could throw his lizard ass down a flight of stairs at the Palace Of The Sun King.
The French Connection
Why they're being so helpful in Lebanon.
Read it here.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Catechism Of A Ceasefire
In his magnificent biography of Winston Churchill, “The Last Lion – Alone: 1932-1940,” William Manchester used the term “the catechism of appeasement” to describe the European powers’ irrational faith in their ability to appease Hitler. In spite of Hitler’s belligerence and plainly evil objectives, the wise men of Europe labored at convincing themselves that their program of appeasing Hitler would be successful.I noticed long ago the "koombayah" nature of leftist thinking, deliciously parodied by Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks!:
Regarding the Middle East right now, we have something similar – call it the catechism of a ceasefire. There is nothing that suggests that Hezbollah or its state sponsors want any kind of lasting peace with either Israel or the United States. But the cries for a ceasefire continue. If only the bombs would stop falling, ceasefire proponents seem to argue, we could once again comfortably insert our heads into the sand and pretend all is well.
The fact that we would only defer the true day of reckoning to a later though likely bloodier date seems not to be a consideration.
...it’s tough to bounce about saying “twiddle-dee-dee” and focusing exclusively on Ned Lamont while Katyushas are falling by the hundreds on Northern Israel and the United Nations has worked itself into a lather over Israel’s purportedly disproportionate response.
Besides, a serious intellectual engagement with the Israel-Hezbollah war requires the contemplation of a whole host of downright unpleasant issues. After all, Hezbollah did not produce the Katyushas that rain down on Israel. Without their state sponsors, Hezbollah would not have these weapons. Equally unpleasant is the fact that neither Hezbollah nor its state sponsors seem to have any interest in peace.
True, a ceasefire will be a break in the action, but a break in the action to what end and to the benefit of what parties? Or is such a question too unpleasant to consider?
Why can't we work out our differences? Why can't we work things out? Little people, why can't we all just get along?
The Martians killed the President on the spot. The nugget here is that people head straight leftward when they fall prey to the infantile plead, why can't the world be the way I want it to be?
FNC's Alan Colmes, referring to the Israel-Hezbollah war, declares that "I have to believe there's a peaceful way out of this." Sorry, Alan, but there isn't. In fact, there is most certainly not a peaceful way out of this because only one side, Israel, is interested in peace. That's not how Colmes wishes it would be, but that is certainly the way it is. What makes a grown man think that way? I'm convinced it's first because Colmes is simply unable to accept the true nature of the enemy, a failure of intellectual rigor that not only permeates the wishful thinking of the left but is in fact its very foundation. I also believe it is because, like so many of his liberal brethren, Colmes suffers from BDS, but that's not the point here.
So deep is the leftists' need to be insulated from reality that they don't even want to know the answer to their own question, which is why they must never regain power before the end of the war against Islamofascism. Because if they do, everybody cries.
Now that's reality.
Olmert Declares For Israel
The message: Israel will prevail.
The fighting continues. There is no cease fire and there will be no cease fire.
The IDF is fighting in the air, sea and land, and at this very moment, the IDF is advancing in the south of Lebanon to destroy the terrorist infrastructures there.
Mr. Minister, the honorable Chairman of the Center of Local Authorities, Mayor of Karmiel, which is at the front line of this campaign, my friend Adi Eldar, my friends and partners, heads of local councils in the State of Israel,
Citizens of Israel, Israel continues to fight.
This campaign began exactly 20 days ago, when the Hizballah terrorist organization attacked Israeli soldiers on Israeli territory, killed eight, kidnapped two – Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev – and began launching a barrage of missiles against our northern communities.
When the campaign began, I said it was not going to be easy. We knew then, my fellow ministers and I, that it would be difficult and even painful, sometimes very painful. We said that we would have to show a great deal of ingenuity and patience in order to reach all terrorists, locate all their hiding places and strike against all their missile launchers. We said that we would pay the heaviest price of all – in human life – and in the loss of property, loss of peace, loss of the daily routine and sometimes, for a brief period, even loss of a zest for life.
We knew and we decided that there was no way other than a harsh, comprehensive and uncompromising response. We could not let the terror state, built by Hizballah across our northern border, continue to gain strength. We could not let them amass more missiles, more rockets and more deadly weapons.
Had we gritted out teeth and shown restraint, the day would come – and it would not be far – when the barrage of rockets and missiles would cause you, primarily the residents of the north, irreparable damage.
We decided to fight back, and we will finish this war when the threat is removed, when our kidnapped soldiers – Udi Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit – and their fellow fighters return home in peace and when you can live safely in your homes, on the streets of your cities and towns and in your workplaces.
These days, I think a lot about our young soldiers, our courageous fighters, and about you, their parents, brothers, sisters, children and friends.
I think about Roi Klein, deputy commander of the Golani Brigade 51st battalion. Roi, who was leading his fighters, jumped on the grenade thrown at them, absorbed the force of the explosion on his body and saved the lives of his fighters. He still had the chance to murmur "Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is One" and asked the signal operator to report his death. This is how he died. His small children, Gilad and Yoav, and his wife Sarah, remained orphaned.
I think about Roi, and my soul cannot find peace. I think of Yiftah Schreier, Amihai Merhavia, Tom Farkash, Ran Kochva, Tzvika Luft, Vorkenach Adega, Yotam Gilboa, Yonatan Hadassi and the rest of their brave friends – 33 in number since the beginning of this campaign – and of their families, whose lives will never again return to what they were just a few days ago. I think of the endless pain and never-ending longing, of Gilad and Yoav who will never have a chance to know their heroic father, of Yarden, Yiftach's twin brother, and of Amihai's brothers and sisters, and I pray that we will be worthy of their sacrifice.
I think of all their friends who survived these fierce battles, their commanders and the spirit which beats in them and pushes them forward.
I think about Doa Abbas from Mrar, aged 15, who was sitting at home reading a book when the missile penetrated her room. I think about Andre Zelinsky from Naharia who was stepping out of the shelter for just one minute to get his daughter some warm clothes, and suffered a direct hit. I think about Rafi Hazan from Haifa, who got married only two months ago. I think about Robin Nitzo who drove to Tzfat to be with his frightened children in these difficult moments. And I think about all the other citizens – 18 in number – the fighters of the home front who lost their lives in this battle.
In our daily routine, we are so occupied with the day-to-day troubles that we often fail to understand what a remarkable and unique nation we are, what a deep sense of mutual responsibility and endless love we have for our magnificent people and land.
I pray that the same spirit of solidarity and brotherhood, of volunteering and mutual aid, which sweeps our nation at this time, will not fade away and disappear when the battles subside, when we return to our routine and to dealing with the day-to-day challenges.
Citizens of Israel,
My friends, heads of local authorities,
The alarm sirens which are heard day and night across the north echo throughout the entire country and gradually spread throughout the world. Many identify with our struggle and support our most simple and natural demand to be a free nation in our land!
From here I wish to convey a message to everyone: we are determined to win this battle. We are paying a heavy price, an endlessly painful price in human life, disruption of the life routine, loss of personal security and massive destruction of private and public property, but we are not willing to forfeit our right to a simple life, a life free of terror, free of constant turmoil, threat, fanaticism and hatred.
We are not willing to give up our right to a normal life – like any other nation, like any other society, anywhere.
Not everyone identifies with us. More than a few criticize us and express reservations with our battle. We seek neither conflict nor confrontation, but it is our right to tell all those who attack us: none of you would ever acquiesce to such murderous attacks against your citizens. I do not want to tell you what you would have done if you had been in our place.
I will only say that the State of Israel sanctifies the most fundamental moral values, which are carved in our ancient Jewish tradition – and in our blood which was spilled – and we do not need any nation or any country to teach us these principles. We do not pursue innocent civilians, we do not fight against the Lebanese people and we do not seek to topple their government. We are fighting against reckless terrorists, and we will not stop fighting them until we remove them from our border.
I deeply regret the civilians – adults and children – who were killed in Kafer Kana. We did not seek to harm them, we did not want their death. They were not our enemies and they were not the target of our aircraft.
I wish to appeal to the citizens of Lebanon:
Again you are being led by murderous terrorists into a reality of destruction and devastation. Just when a new chapter began in your country, with new spirits of freedom and democracy, you were taken hostage by the Hizballah organization of murderers. This organization does not fight the war of the people of Lebanon. There is no cause for conflict between us and Lebanon. There is no territorial dispute and no ideological “abyss” between us. We and you need to want the same thing – the right to a simple, quiet and safe life.
Hizballah is serving the interests of other nations, primarily Syria and Iran. These countries spread venom. They cultivate hatred, fanaticism, radicalism and insatiable lust to destroy those who live according to other norms of ethics and culture.
You, residents of Lebanon, even those who are angry with us and our army for the massive damage inflicted upon you as a result of this war – a war which you did not want and which most of you had no part or interest in – know very well that your enemy is not the State of Israel, but rather Sheikh Nassrallah and his ilk, who were ready to sacrifice the lives of so many of you in order to serve the interests of a foreign country.
See for yourselves how many Arab-Muslim countries distance themselves from Hizballah and join the majority of world nations which denounce this terrorist organization and justify Israel's right to self-defense.
Was all this worth it? Is this what you would have chosen had the decision been in your hands?
Citizens of Lebanon, we regret the pain caused to so many of you, the fact that you had to flee your homes and places of residence and the unintentional harm to innocents, but we do not apologize for it.
We want to coexist with you in calm and tranquility, and, with God's help, also in peace. But we will not give up – not even for a moment – our right to protect the State of Israel and defend our lives, and we will not apologize to those who dare to question Israel’s right to exist.
The founder of the State of Israel, David Ben Gurion, said at the Temporary State Council in 1948: "while we have never despaired of the human conscience and never ceased – and will never cease – from demanding from the world what is rightfully ours, based on law and justice, we must always memorize to ourselves, day and night, that our existence – our freedom, our future – depend first and foremost on ourselves, our efforts, our abilities and our will.
Dear heads of local authorities,
You are the long arm of the central government of Israel, and at the same time, the direct representatives of all the citizens of Israel, particularly those currently on the civilian front line, who are the target of Hizballah's vicious missile attacks in the north, who suffer losses in life, and who are under the constant threat of Qassam rockets in the south.
You, heads of councils, currently face one of the most difficult trials of leadership. These days, the public which you are leading needs a responsible, supportive and sensible leadership – as the one you demonstrate.
These days, the local government in Israel is the central backbone of the home front. You are close to the public, you are well familiar with your residents, their homes, the systems addressing their hardship. You, who reach every corner of the city, every street which is bombed and every deserted house, assist every citizen in distress, provide a hot meal to the hungry and a bed and blanket to the needy – you are the key to the fortitude of Israeli society at this time of trial. You are withstanding this test – which you stumbled upon unintentionally – in an impressive manner.
You, heads of authorities and residents of the north, added a new dimension to the term "deterrence resulting from the fortitude of the home front. Our spirit cannot be broken by attacks against our cities, because we are a stubborn nation.
The Government of Israel, on all its branches – ministers, directors and officials – is with you and behind you day and night in order to help you formulate an answer, in real time, to the acute problems created as a result of the war. We will not stop.
We will compensate workers, employees and freelancers from the north in order to minimize, to the best possible extent, the economic damage. We will assist council heads in dealing with the consequences of the war, particularly on the day when this campaign is over and we return to our routine. We will make certain that the workers get their salaries and that indirect damages inflicted upon so many residents will be fairly covered. We will initiate special funds, in cooperation with the banking system, to support small and medium businesses which need return capital. We have already transferred 50 million NIS to northern authorities, and we have decided – the Minister of Finance, the Minister of the Interior and myself – to transfer a second emergency grant in the amount of 100 million NIS in order to enable the management of these cities at this time of emergency.
I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers, organizations, institutes, authorities and business sector bodies which work day and night to assist the residents of the north. Many Jewish communities from around the world support and assist the residents of the north. The spirit of volunteering warms my heart, when I see people of good means, and even less privileged people, who are willing to contribute to the citizens at the front line.
Since the war in Lebanon began, we reached substantial and important achievements:
The achievements are substantial. Hizballah does not look today as it did 20 days ago – threatening, arrogant and dangerous.
They suffered a major blow and it will take them a long time – if ever – to recuperate. We expelled Hizballah from its positions along the border with Israel and removed this immediate threat. Never again will we agree that Hizballah return to these posts and continue to threaten to kidnap soldiers or directly fire at our northern communities.
We succeeded in damaging the organization's long-range missile system deep inside Lebanon, and we will continue to do that. We destroyed Hizballah's command and control systems, as well as its headquarters, and damaged its infrastructures. Hizballah's military bases and compounds in Beirut, Ba'al-Beq and other places no longer look the same.
The array of Katiushas spread in south Lebanon was severely damaged. We succeeded in locating and striking the smuggling of ammunition from Syria to the Hizballah, which continues at this very moment, and we will continue to do this. We will no longer tolerate the transfer of weapons to Hizballah and we will not allow the organization to regain its capabilities.
The organization's leadership is hiding, it operates in the dark, in fear for its life, and we will continue to pursue it, any place, any time. It is a leadership under pressure, engaged in a web of lies and manipulations designed to conceal the true reality.
The organization and its leader are isolated in both the Lebanese and Arab arenas. He is no longer perceived as representing the armed struggle against Israel or as the defender of Lebanon, but rather as the one who caused the destruction of Lebanon and its residents and who acted irresponsibly and irrationally.
The international backing which Israel enjoys in this current operation is also unprecedented, as manifested in the G-8 statement. The international community stands united alongside Israel in its battle against Hizballah and supports the attack and ultimate dismantling of the organization.
For the first time, conditions have been created to begin implementation of UN Resolution 1559, which calls for the disarming of Hizballah, its expulsion from the border and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border.
The international community stands ready to take concrete steps to implement this resolution by dispatching an international army to deploy along the border with Israel and at the Lebanon-Syria border crossings and to operate effectively to dismantle the organization's military capabilities.
This is almost a one time opportunity to change the rules of the game in Lebanon. Much work is still ahead, on both the military and political levels, and we will not stop until we have achieved the sought after results. We will not stop!
We will invest maximum effort in order to make certain that the reality which existed in Lebanon on the eve of the operation never recurs.
Citizens of Israel,
The campaign has not yet been completed. There are still many days of fighting ahead of us. Missiles and rockets will continue to land, and hours of fear, uncertainty and yes – even pain, tears and blood, are still expected.
We will not give up and we will not stop. We will continue to fight until we achieve the objectives and goals which we set for ourselves, and until we bring peace, calm and tranquility to our land.
As Nathan Alterman wrote:
"A time will come when peace again prevails all around us,When walls and barriers are broken,We will return to our labor: fields to harvest"