Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, December 05, 2005

Iraq Deadlines

At Length:

        As Mark Steyn points out:
        But Kerry drones that we need to "set benchmarks" for the "transfer of authority."  Actually, the administration's been doing that for two years -- setting dates for the return of sovereignty, for electing a national assembly, for approving a constitution, etc, and meeting all of them.  And all during those same two years Kerry and his fellow Democrats have huffed that these dates are far too premature, the Iraqis aren't in a position to take over, hold an election, whatever.  The Defeaticrats were against the benchmarks before they were for them.

        These sad hollow men may yet get their way -- which is to say they may succeed in persuading the American people that a remarkable victory in the Middle East is in fact a humiliating defeat.  It would be an incredible achievement.  Peter Worthington, the Canadian columnist and veteran of World War II and Korea, likes to say that there's no such thing as an unpopular won war.  The Democrat-media alliance are determined to make Iraq an exception to that rule.

        And then, being Steyn, there's this original insight:
      Islam and "the West" have a long history.  And, without rehashing the last millennium and a half, the Muslim conquest of Europe and then the Crusades and the fall of Andalusia, if you take out a map of the world and look at the rise of the European empires you notice a curious thing: in conquering the world the imperial powers for the most part simply bypassed the Islamic world.  They made Africa and South Asia and Latin America and everywhere else seats of European power, but they left the Middle East alone.  And, even when they eventually got their hands on the region, after the First World War, they made no serious attempt to reform the neighborhood.  We live with the consequences of that today.

        Why can't liberals produce one columnist this interesting?

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