Reaction to the death of the megalomaniacal dictator Saddam Hussein runs the full gamut of emotions from joyful celebration by his former victims to outrage from his cadre of supporters.
Iraqi Shiites and Kurds who felt the boot of Saddam's oppression were jubilant at the news of his fate. The Vatican issued a statement through the Holy See's spokesman spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, calling the execution "tragic". The White House issued a statement from President Bush stating "Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial - the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime." Leftists in the United States used this as another opportunity to rail against President Bush and the War in Iraq.
Hugh Hewitt notes that this moment was Brought to You Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. Mr. Hewitt rightly notes that although President Bush has waged a muddled campaign to restore Iraq and confront the three-headed threat from Iran, Syria and North Korea, yet this President is feared by his enemies who just happen to be the enemies of the United States. Inasmuch as Mr. Bush's conduct in prosecuting the war on terror scares liberals it is anathema to the governments opposed to the United States. The leaders of rogue governments around the world wonder if they would meet a similar fate suffered by the Butcher of Bagdad should they undertake an attack upon the United States and its interests as long as this President is at the helm of our ship of state. As Hugh Hewitt notes, any attack suffered upon the United States by a self-declared foe will be returned in disproportionate measure courtesy of the US Armed Forces under the guidance of their current commander-in-chief.
On a lighter note ScrappleFace offers a tongue-in-cheek dig at Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward with the faux reportage of Bob Woodward's release of a "secret" interview he did with Saddam Hussein "in which the dictator questioned U.S. President George Bush’s rationale for invading Iraq." The piece does have the ring of Mr. Woodward's style of writing and for lack of a better word,....style.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Reaction to the death of the megalomaniacal dictator Saddam Hussein runs the full gamut of emotions from joyful celebration by his former victims to outrage from his cadre of supporters.
Friday, December 29, 2006
The major news services are reporting the death by hanging of Saddam Hussein.
Reuters carries the story here.
MSNBC reports on Hussein's execution, adding that a last minute appeal to a U.S. Federal District Court was denied this evening.
Iraq the Model has the latest news circulating around Bagdad.
The AP reports on the reaction of Iraqi-Americans in Dearborn, Michigan.
From the AP as posted on Yahoo News, "An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saddam would be executed before 6 a.m. Saturday, or 10 p.m. Friday EST."
Fox News Chronicles the Atrocities of Saddam Hussein. A legacy of shame.
Saddam may hang within hours so reports a senior Iraqi source to Reuters on Friday. Known as "the butcher of Bagdad" Saddam's execution was set to be carried out by Sunday of next week. The former dictator is to be handed over to Iraqi custody which is the prelude to the execution of Saddam Hussein. Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki who signed the warrant calling for Saddam's death by hanging was quoted in Fox News saying "our respect for human rights requires us to execute him, and there will be no review or delay in carrying out the sentence."
The article continues with the Prime Minister's remarks that "those who oppose the execution of Saddam were insulting the honor of his victims." According to Fox News Al-Maliki made the remarks in a meeting with families of people who died during Saddam's rule.
For a reminder of Saddam's brutality see IN DC Bill's story on the "Kay la Nansa" - Kuwait's "Not to Forget Museum".
Allah Pundit says expect some news today at 4PM Eastern time.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Hugh Hewitt enters a post about "The birth of the youthful curmudgeon" regarding his recent interview with blogophobic Joe Rago, an assistant editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal. Rago recently wrote a column in the Journal highly critical of the blogosphere and its readers. Hewitt opens with a direct quote from Rago who surmizes that journalism is “history as refracted through the prism of the unfolding present.”
Who can top an explaination like that?
I thought the four pillars of good Journalism were Thoroughness, Accuracy, Fairness And Transparency. If the teaching of Pretzel Logic has been added to the list at the Nation's top J-Schools then it may help explain a lot about what is submitted as news today.
Hewitt continues in his deconstruction of Rago's anti-blogoshpere motiviation. He notes that lawyers, bankers, doctors and other professionals who blog and are good writers are able to do the job of influencing the political class with greater effect, than the minions of Journalism school graduates who specifically went to school to learn how to write for others. The J-School grads believe that they've paid their dues while attending Board of Aldermen meetings and taking whatever obscure assignments came their way with the aim of building an audience. Now these professional journalists are circumvented by neophytes who upstage them in their ability to influence public opinion.
Continuing his prognostication as to the root cause of youthful curmudgeoness Hewitt writes, "IT HAS TO BE FRUSTRATING for journalists that hordes of bankers, lawyers, professors and other anonymous shlubs can so easily crash their gate. It’s probably still more galling that the gate crashing can only go one way. If the typical journalist said he wanted to give being a law professor a whirl, no matter how skilled he was at refracting history through the prism of the unfolding present, he would find no takers."
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
From the AP via MyWay News, Former President Gerald Ford Dies at 93. President Ford died Tuesday evening at his home at 6:45PM Pacific Time. "His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country," his wife, Betty, said in a statement.
Gerald Ford was the longest living former American President. Even former President Carter said of him that he was "one of the most admirable public servants and human beings I have ever known."
Funeral arrangements were to be announced today. Our prayers and good wishes go out to his family at this time.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has approved taking down some military roadblocks that have hindered travel for Palestinians in the West Bank. The PM approved the lifting of the roadblocks "to strengthen moderate elements," according to a statement from his office writes Mark Lavie an Associated Press Writer.
The measure is not without opposition reports Lavie, "Brig. Gen. Yair Naveh, warned in a closed meeting that even that would aid Palestinian militants in attacking Israelis, according to security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.".
Call me a little skeptical but I think the radical elements in the West Bank will take this opportunity to show their appreciation for Olmert's magnaminity by lobbing a few Qassam rockets at Israel.
"Ethiopia said on Tuesday it was halfway to crushing Somali Islamists as its forces advanced on the religious movement's Mogadishu stronghold after a week of war in the Horn of Africa." So writes Guled Mohamed, in a current posting on Yahoo News.
Power-Line posts "Troops halp Jon Carry in Irak". Very funny piece on the comeuppance of the Junior Senator from Massassachusetts. John Kerry is ignored everywhere while in Iraq. He can't even get anyone to attend his press conference. Let's hope for more isolation like this for the top Democrats coming into power this session of Congress.
This priecless photo posted by Scott Hennen was taken at the mess hall at the US Embassy yesterday morning.
Joseph Morrison Skelly has a piece up on National Review Online on how at Christmastime sixty-two years ago, the brave men of the 101st Airborne Division fought off the hordes of the Nazi Wermacht's Panzer, Volksgrenadier, and Kampfgruppe Divisions at a town called Bastogne in the Ardennes forest of Eastern Belgium.
These valiant men gave their generation in the words of their acting commander Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, "a worthy Christmas present". This indeed was a present that would endure for that generation and countless generations thereafter.
As said by the Savior who's birth we celebrate this week, "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13).
Monday, December 25, 2006
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke: 2:1-16)
The Arrival of the Magi
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:1-12) via http://www.biblegateway.com
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas this year. May the celebration of the Savior's birth bring you and your family closer and may His Peace which surpasses all understanding reign in your hearts both now and forever.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Joy Behar of "The View" likens Rumsfeld to Hitler. Not that this woman whom Rush Limbaugh refers to as "that blithering idiot" would know any better. It seems that in order to get on TV these days you just have to say a lot of stupid things.
If Ms. Behar could draw parallels from history she need look no further that the "Friends of New Germany", a group which preceded the German-American Bund of the 1930's. The main goal of the Bund was to promote "peace and friendship between the United States and the (New) Germany" under Adolph Hitler and prevent another war. Sounds great on the surface, and I'm sure it would have tickled the ears of Ms. Behar and her cohorts, but the German-American Bund had a purpose other than peace. Its main goal was to create a clone of the Nazi party in the United States, and sway public opinion in favor of the "New Germany".
Perhaps anxious for peace-at-any-price, had Ms. Behar and other Pollyanna-like liberals been around in the 30's they would have taken the bait the Bund offered and been all aflutter at the chance to speak with and gain an understanding of the leader of the "New Germany", Adolph Hitler. Would they have gone on-and-on about how Herr Hitler only wants peace between our two nations and is looking for some kind of common ground so that we can live in harmony with the new National Socialist Germany? Would they have urged that we conduct a dialogue with Chancellor Hitler? Would they have talked about how the Germans of the 1930's could never accept Democracy as we know it in just the same way they claim today that modern day Iraqi's can never adopt a Democratic form of government? I think it highly likely.
It is often said that those who are ignorant of history, (or just plain ignorant) are doomed to repeat its mistakes. It is uncanny how today's liberals have picked up the talking points of the appeasers and the members of the German-American Bund of the pre-World World II era and run to the defense of indefensible tyrants.
Today liberals bash President Bush because of the war in Iraq and his toppling of Saddam Hussein. They chant "Bush lied while people died" and compare the President to Adolph Hitler, when it is clear from their actions that they would have rushed to Hitler's defense as they did for none other than his successor in the Arab world, Saddam Hussein.
In the 1930's liberals went after Winston Churchill because of his stand against National Socialism which was all the rage among the self-styled elitists of the day. The press pilloried Churchill the same way they scourge President Bush today. The effete elites of that time did not see any threat in the antics of the little Austrian Corporal who became Chancellor of Germany just as they refuse to see any threat in the antics of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Bashar Al-Assad of Syria. No, these high-minded, short-sighted liberals instead flock halfway around the world for photo ops with Bashar Al-Assad in order to look relevant to the press. How Mr. Al-Assad must laugh at the preposterous popinjays who queue up for their chance at a photo-op with "Doctor Bashar".
To sum it up, in life you have the Joy Behar's of the world who close their eyes to the dangers that exist in a sometimes treacherous world and the George Bush's and Donald Rumsfeld's of the world who meet and defeat those dangers head-on.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled that a fourth grader can sing "Awesome God" at her elementary school's talent show. So reports KRISTV.COM an NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, TX.
You GO girl!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Kofi Annan, the sanctimonious plutocrat of U.N. sponsored "Food for Palaces" fame has left the building. The seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations delivered a bitter-sweet farewell address at the Truman museum in Independence, Missouri yesterday as he chided the Bush administration with the charge, "that America must not sacrifice its Democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism". His eminence further noted in another jab at George Bush that, "The Security Council is not just another stage on which to act out national interests,". Mr. Annan refrained from mentioning George Bush by name but instead lauded praise on the late President Harry S. Truman for his role in the founding of the United Nations.
I have a bit of news for the Secretary-General. The thirty-third President of the United States would never have put up with the likes of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Harry S. Truman whose catchphrase was, "the buck stops here" had no tolerance for the kind of political chicanery entrenched at the United Nations today. President Truman who said, "I hate corruption everywhere," also said, "It is ... immoral to use the lawmaking power of: the Government to enrich the few at the expense of the many, as it is to steal money from the public treasury. That is stealing money from the public treasury.". Compare Harry S. Truman's no nonsense approach to governance to the modern day U.N. with its operative credo of pass the bucks please.
As to the Secretary-General's charge that the Security Council should not be"just another stage on which to act out national interests," I call Mr. Annan's attention to the events of July 7th 1950, when the Truman administration which he applauds pushed through the United Nations Security Council a resolution to fight North Korean aggression on its Southern neighbor with the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 84. Council Resolution 84 was passed in response to the unprovoked armed attack on the Republic of Korea by North Korea. In the resolution which was passed due to the absence of the U.S.S.R., the Security Council "recommended UN member states make military forces and other assistance available to a "unified command" -- the UNC -- under the United States, to repel the North Korean armed aggression and restore international security in the region.".
And yes, the purpose of the United Nations is to serve as a conduit for Nations to make the case for their interests, people and matters of security before the world body politic. The Charter of the United Nations states in Chapter Six Article thirty-three that, "The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice.".
Our President has made the case to this world body of the dangers facing our country and of the challenges that lay ahead for the free world. This President has used the tools made available to him to negotiate, enquire, mediate and adjudicate matters pertaining to our national security before the world body. In no way has this President violated the good faith and protocols as established by the U.N. nor has he placed the rights of U.S. citizens on hold while he prosecutes the war on terror as is implied by Mr. Annan.
Other bloggers have summarized their opinions of the Secretary-General's exit from the world stage more colorfully than I have here.
Little Green Footballs: Kofi Annan, Graceless to the End
Michelle Malkin: Good riddance to you, Kofi Annan
The Jawa Report: Good Riddance, You Worthless Piece of .......
A story making the news this weekend regarded a Seattle area rabbi who asked that an 8ft. menorah be placed next to a Christmas tree in the lobby of the SeaTac airport. The request did not seem to be too unusual until it was further reported that the rabbi found the display of Christmas trees at the airport offensive and DEMANDED that the airport authorities put up the menorah or face litigation.
According to posts made by media outlets covering the story including KING 5 TV News of Seattle, SeaTac airport removed the Christmas (Holiday) trees in response to a complaint by a rabbi. The rabbi states that he made no such complaint, does not find the display offensive and simply asked that an 8 ft. menorah be erected alongside the Christmas tree.
Michael Medved vouches for the good character of the rabbi and clears up the errors that he says were made by the media in reporting the story. I believe Michael and the rabbi.
I have to admit, after reading the initial reports made the media on this story I was left with the impression that the rabbi was some sort of villain bent on spoiling the holidays of others.
After reading further information in the light of day it appears the SeaTac people are the ones playing Scrooge.
The Port of Seattle has an update up on their website giving their wimpy, wet noodle position (if you can call it that) on this issue.
Let the SeaTac people know where you stand.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
James Baker and company have made the short journey from all wobbly to total French.
The report submitted by the ISG (Iraq Study Group) released today has been hailed by Democrats and Jihadists alike.
To the Democrats it shows how the failed policies of BushHitler have led us into another quagmire like Vietnam. A gratified Senator Harry Reid stated today that "It's up to the president to fulfill his obligation, in my opinion, to the country, and follow the recommendations of this study group.".
Liberal Republicans, not wanting to be left waiting on the platform as the "peace" train leaves the station chimed in to praise the report. "The report is an acknowledgment that there will be no military solution in Iraq. It will require a political solution arrived at through sustained Iraqi and region-wide diplomacy and engagement." said Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.
The leading lights of the Democratic Party, believe that if we leave Iraq then the insurgents will too. Unfortunately many RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are joining in the chorus of nay sayers.
To the Jihadists, the report means that their tactics of wreaking havoc in time to meet the daily news broadcasts back in the USA are working. The mere mention of the words Vietnam and quagmire are like the sounds of music to the Jihadis. Their media war is being waged for them by the gulible American press.
The report gives both parties hope.
I sincerely hope that our President finds a nice comfy spot in the round filing cabinet for the ISG report.
Sixty-five years ago today, the nation was attacked by another foe. The generation then were single-minded in their determination to completely and utterly destroy the grave threat facing the nation.
Dave Logan has a nice tribute commemorating that day.
Monday, December 04, 2006
You can see why James Baker and the other members of his Blue Ribbon panel want to cozy up with Ahmadinejad of Iran. A recent proclamation from the illustrious leader before a throng of admirers (probably comprised of members of the Western press) went, "I'm telling you in plain language that as of now on, if you try, whether in your propaganda or at international organizations, to take steps against the rights of the Iranian nation, the Iranian nation will consider it an act of hostility,". Gee kind of defensive for a guy who just wants to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Breitbart has the story here.
Isn't this the same guy who wants to wipe Israel off the map?