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Scouts Honor: Afghanistan Is No Place For Americans

ET'S DROP THE PLUMB BOB HERE, talk some straight talk, and rid ourselves of mixed emotions on all this war effort hubris. Attempting to transform the wild west of Afghanistan is much too expensive, much too depleting, of Western resources—perhaps not as much as the fiasco in Iraq, but it is simply the same kind of misguided belief in the mutability of Muslim man that pays insufficient attention to the permanent hold of Islam, and what it means for the West. Resources are limited. Men of valor, war and peace material, morale. They have been squandered, in Afghanistan, as in...

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Parsing The Failed State Conundrum

Democracy don’t rule the world,You’d better get that in your head.This world is ruled by violenceBut I guess that’s better left unsaid.—Bob Dylan "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage."—Lucille Ball Another formidable essay by Hugh Fitzgerald at Jihad Watch... OR SEVEN YEARS, SUCCESSIVE American administrations have squandered men, money, materiel, morale (both civilian and military) in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-Pakistan, wars whose goals—something to do with keeping or making these places unified,...


Fitzgerald: How Dumb, How Long?

Pensive HUGH FITZGERALD of the encyclopedic JIHAD WATCH site, today asks, "How dumb do we have to be, and for how long?" The answer of course, is blowing in the wind. And you know what that means. Massive explosions, terminal destruction. Bombs and explosions of every sort do indeed tend to present the olfactory sensitive with a peculiar odor of the day. But until then, let's just play with words, and send them money, yep that's what they need, more money, boast our misguided leaders. ews from Yemen today. A bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up amid a crowd...


Send The Clowns Home

f course we all known that the problem lies not with the Muslims who commit savage acts of violence in the name of Islam, but with the filmmakers who point out that Muslims commit savage acts of violence in the name of Islam. WE are all low information bigots in this country, correct? And the solution is to ban freedom of expression in the name of protecting freedom of expression? What a fascinating exercise in double-think! As a secular person born into the Shiite faith, I say send all those Moslems back to where they came from if they don't...


Weakening The Camp Of Islam

espite SOS Condi Rice's stern admonition, somebody's not listening as we watch for the weakening of the Camp of Islam. Clearly, one of the most brilliant insights and policies the Reagan administration articulated was that as long as Iran and Iraq were fighting each other, they would constitute a lesser threat to everyone else. History has reflected this, since shortly after the Iran-Iraq war ended, both found new enemies. When Sunnis and Shiites are channeling their Islamic jihad impulses into fighting each other rather than harassing everyone else, humanity as a whole is safer. Jihad is a virtual imperative in...