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Democrats Know What’s Best for You

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This conceit has a long history, and David Gelernter takes a good look at it.

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April 29, 2005 at 10:35 am

The Anti-American Barometer

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Victor Davis Hanson insightfully asks, is anti-Americanism a sign we’re on the right track?

In short, who exactly does not like the United States and why? First, almost all the 20 or so illiberal Arab governments that used to count on American realpolitik’s giving them a pass on accounting for their crimes. They fear not the realist Europeans, nor the resource-mad Chinese, nor the old brutal Russians, but the Americans, who alone are prodding them to open their economies and democratize their corrupt political cultures. We must learn to expect, not lament, their hostility, and begin to worry that things would be indeed wrong if such unelected dictators praised the United States.

The United Nations has sadly become a creepy organization. Its General Assembly is full of cutthroat regimes. The Human Rights Commission has had members like Vietnam and Sudan, regimes that at recess must fight over bragging rights to which of the two killed more of their own people. The U.N. has a singular propensity to find flawed men to be secretary-general — a Kurt Waldheim, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, or Kofi Annan. Blue-helmeted peace-keepers, we learn, are as likely to commit as prevent crimes; and the only thing constant about such troops is that they will never go first into harm’s way in Serbia, Kosovo, the Congo, or Dafur to stop genocide. Even worse, the U.N. has proved to be a terrible bully, an unforgivable sin for a self-proclaimed protector of the weak and innocent — loud false charges against Israel for its presence in the West Bank, not a peep about China in Tibet; tough talk about Palestinian rights, far less about offending Arabs over Darfur. So U.N. anti-Americanism is a glowing radiation badge, proof of exposure to toxicity.

The EU is well past being merely silly, as its vast complex of bureaucrats tries to control what 400 million speak, eat, and think. Its biggest concerns are three: figuring out how its nations are to keep paying billions of euros to retirees, unemployed, and assorted other entitlement recipients; how to continue to ankle-bite the United States without antagonizing it to the degree that these utopians might have to pay for their own security; and how not to depopulate itself out of existence. Europeans sold Saddam terrible arms for oil well after the first Gulf War. Democratic Israel or Taiwan means nothing to them; indeed, democracy is increasingly becoming the barometer by which to judge European hostility. Cuba, China, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah — not all that bad; the United States, Taiwan, and Israel, not all that good. Personally, I’d rather live in a country that goes into an anguished national debate over pulling the plug on a lone woman than one that blissfully vacations on the beach oblivious to 15,000 elderly cooked to well done back in Paris.

Read the rest, and wonder if this thesis doesn’t apply to the America-hating Left at home as well …

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April 29, 2005 at 9:45 am

Posted in UN

In Other Cool News

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Cassini has detected organic material on Titan:

A close flyby of Saturn’s big moon Titan by the international Cassini spacecraft revealed an upper atmosphere brimming with complex organic material, a finding that could hold clues to how life arose on Earth, scientists said.

Cassini flew within 638 miles of Titan’s frozen surface on April 16 and discovered a hydrocarbon-laced upper atmosphere.

Titan’s atmosphere is mainly made up of nitrogen and methane, the simplest type of hydrocarbon. But scientists were surprised to find complex organic material in the latest flyby. Because Titan is extremely cold – about minus 290 degrees – scientists expected the organic material to condense and rain down to the surface.

Alas, this sort of thing doesn’t get widely reported as it isn’t as interesting as the latest Michael Jackson tidbits (also known as the point where the news is turned off having completed its mission for the evening).

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April 27, 2005 at 6:56 pm

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As to the Filibuster …

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Dick Morris is right – make them talk.

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April 27, 2005 at 9:50 am

Posted in Politics

We Can All Relax

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For in this time of troubles, the really important issue has been resolved – Pierce brosnan will return as 007.

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April 27, 2005 at 9:09 am

Posted in General

Republicans Play Softball II

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Mark Steyn agrees that it’s time for the Republicans in Congress to get a clue:

Britain’s Daily Telegraph had an intriguing headline the other day: ”U.S. police force to recruit capuchin monkey for ‘intelligence’ work.” Maybe when the Mesa, Ariz., SWAT team is through with the monkey in question, we could get him made chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He’d have his work cut out doing a worse job than Dick Lugar, the Republican senator who spent the last week getting walloped by a freak show alliance comprising (a) an opposition party whose foreign policy the electorate decided it was unable to take seriously and (b) jelly-spined GOP ”moderates” who insist on taking it seriously. And so it was that John Bolton’s nomination to the U.N. was derailed by this guy Voinovich.

As Shakespeare didn’t quite say, who is Voinovich? What is he? Well, he’s a fellow called George, and he’s apparently a senator from Ohio who’s on this Foreign Relations Committee. He was, alas, unable to interrupt his hectic schedule to attend either of the committee’s hearings for John Bolton’s U.N. nomination, but nevertheless decided last week he could not bring himself to support Bolton’s nomination. ”My conscience got me,” he said. Maybe one day his conscience will get him to attend the hearings he’s paid to attend, but, for the moment, his conscience is more troubled by the story brought up by the senior Democratic obstructionist Joe Biden. As Sen. Biden put it, ”The USAID worker in Kyrgyzstan alleges that she was harassed — not sexually harassed — harassed by Mr. Bolton.”

A must read.

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April 26, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Posted in Legislafollies, Politics, UN

Elian, Still Abused After All These Years

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Remember Elian Gonzalez? He was the Cuban boy the Clinton Administration forcibly repatriated to the ‘socialist paradise’ in flagrant contravention of his rights and the due process of law. He’s now 11, and the poor child is still being abused as the Castro regime trots him out to convince the proletariat how happy he is.

Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban castaway whose international custody battle ended in his dramatic seizure from a Miami home five years ago, addressed a crowd of thousands Friday, thanking Cubans and Americans alike for fighting for his return to the island.

Elian, now 11, read a speech at a televised event in Havana marking the fifth anniversary of the April 22 raid in which armed U.S. federal agents snatched him from his Miami relatives in the first step to getting him back to Cuba.

“Five years ago I returned to my dad,” he said. “When I saw him, I became very happy. I could hug him, I could see my little brother. That was the happiest day of my life.”

Wait until Fidel falls kid.

Meanwhile, it’s worthwhile to recall this incident as we listen to liberals scream at how Attorney General John Ashcroft trampled the Constitution and how the ironically named new AG Alberto Gonzales is a torturer. This is how the Constitution fared under the last democrat to be AG, Janet Reno:

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April 25, 2005 at 8:26 am

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