Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Baghdad Blogging 

Let's begin with Ken Livingstone's quote and today's episode of CROSSFIRE:
TUCKER CARLSON: Bianca Jagger, thanks a lot for joining us.

I want to read you a quote from the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. Doubtless you know his. He's a leader of the anti-Bush demonstrations in London this week. This is what he said about President Bush. I'm quoting now.

"Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that we've most probably ever seen. The policies he is initiating will doom us to extinction." Most threatening. Greatest threat ever. That's going above a lot of people, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Kim Jong-Il. I mean, the list goes on. That's a completely ludicrous, very non-adult thing to say.

How can you take seriously Ken Livingstone or anyone who would follow him after he says something like that?

BIANCA JAGGER, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE: Well, I think that, one, Mr. Livingstone is trying to say is that President Bush's policies have really endangered our future.

This is a president that has turned his back on all international treaties, who has totally disregarded the U.N. charter. Who has launched a war that was illegal and immoral. And now he cannot justify, because weapons of mass destruction have not been found.

And what is really embarrassing for Prime Minister Blair is that this is really not a very untimely visit of President Bush. Because at a moment when they're trying to find reasons to have gone to war, it becomes more and more evident that, one, there were no weapons of mass destruction, and two, that the policies that they have for Iraq are all failing.

And on one hand they tell us that they're withdrawing, and on the other hand they're telling that they will not give up.

And, therefore, I think that what Ken Livingstone is trying to say is that President Bush is someone that we all are very concerned to have as the president of the United States, the most powerful nation in the world.
What Ms. Jagger, the "Human Rights Advocate", is practicing here is something called bait and switch. Let's parse this out.

You can read on plenty other blogs about how the war was definitely not illegal, but the more damning charge was that of immorality. To put things very bluntly, when I heard Ms. Jagger make this charge I spat out my dinner and used a four letter word I generally don't like to use. And I don't mean "grab." (If you haven't seen that movie commercial, a four letter word for "snatch" rhymes with "punt")

Here's what the people of Iraq are saying about the "immoral" war (via JG):
Edan's favorites are the back-and-forth graffiti repartee: "The masses are stronger than tyrants," one slogan declared. Next to it a skeptic asked: "When? Before or after liberation by the Americans?"


Samplings of the Arabic slogans include: "Down Saddam the infidel and long live Bush the believer!" "A thousand Americans but not one Tikriti," referring to residents of Hussein's hometown.

Many taunt the deposed dictator: "Saddam the dirty, the son of the dirty, in which septic tank are you hiding now?"

Hussein's family also comes in for abuse: "Where are your wife and daughters, Saddam? Are you pimping them in Jordan?"

"I like what I read," said Karal Nadji, a Shia street vendor who sells shoes. "We appreciate Mr. Bush. We're all waiting for the fruits of change."
In case you didn't catch on, except for the last quote, these are all quotes which have been graffiti'd onto the walls of Baghdad under the cover of night. How can anyone with two brain cells to rub together continue to call this war immoral?

Does the "Human Rights Advocate" not understand that the people of Baghdad are on our side? They're protesting in the streets against terrorism (link also via JG), in just a few short months the Iraqi people have come to understand the reality of the world and the meaning of freedom far better than any of the organic-corn fed hucksters filling the streets of London.
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