What A Difference A Few Days Makes.....
I've been a little silent the last couple of days, and look at all that has happened since then. Now I'm forced to play catch-up:
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:08 AM
- Bush gave his RNC speech: to unyielding cheers (except for a few hecklers who were removed). It was a mixed speech - it offered several good ideas, like the "ownership society" (i.e., self-responsibility) and starting to privatize social security; unfortunately, it was also tinged (if not dominated) by Bush's awful foreign policy and religious zealotry.
Bush emphasized that his plan for Iraq and Afghanistan was to get the wheels of democracy rolling and then get our boys out of there. The problem is that "democracy" is not what is needed - a secular republic that respects individual rights is needed. Democracy alone won't produce that. It is a moral outrage for Bush to run as a successful war president, when he values the lives of our troops so lightly. American soldiers should be the top priority in Iraq - Iraqi lives (especially the Islamists) second.
In social policy, Bush went on to stress his "conservative" values. He's going to keep opposing abortion where possible, stop those damn gays from ruining the sacred institution of marriage and get some judges who don't make law but only apply the constitution (translation, we're going to start disabling the division of powers by nominating religious justices who'll apply christianity to the law rather than the constitution).
- Russian School Attacked by MUSLIM Terrorists: My apologies for the ALL CAPS in the title, but it is disgraceful that the media does not report these things candidly. Chechen Islamist terrorists broke into a Russian school and took approx. 1000 people (teachers, parents, students and siblings) hostage, and threatened to kill 50 students for every terrorist killed.
Somehow (whether initiated by the Russians or terrorists is irrelevant) fighting broke out, and the Russians stormed the school building. The terrorists shot children in the back as they were fleeing. All told, something like 150 or so children are dead, and about the same number of adults as well. What is more outrageous than that though, is that many news organizations (e.g., NY Times) are tacitly if not explicitly implying that the fault rests with Russia, who didn't negociate properly. The fault however does not rest with the victims - it rests with the perpetrators, the Chechens. While I'm certainly no fan of Russia, which is a rather mystical and primitive country, there is no justification in taking a school full of children hostage, and then killing them.
As a morbid but fascinating aside, this incident is very revealing of the dedication to Islam of the terrorists that we are fighting world wide - for someone to be able to massacre young, innocent children, shows an unyielding hatred and indomitably will. All the more reason why we must kill these people to the last - they will never listen to reason, because they have faith. Incidentally, there is a pretty good article by NY Post columnist Ralph Peters that does a good job assigning the blame to the terrorists, though it is mixed with some bad formulations.