Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
The USS Clueless suggests that the "isolation and then release of Arafat was deliberate."
This does seem plausible. Israel got what it needed out of the Ramallah compound, and those who claim that the invasion would only inspire more terrorist attacks have to answer the simple fact that attacks have been far fewer and less deadly since the offensive began. Once that had been accomplished, Sharon was in an excellent position to negotiate with Arafat.
Arafat was nore than happy to trade his followers for protection of his own sorry ass, a development that surprised nobody who has followed his career. For decades now, Arafat has been dedicated to proving that Montaigne's theory that the most violent and cruel men are generally physical cowards.
Having launched three major wars and a host of smaller conflicts, Arafat has walked away from each of them, leaving behind a trail of dead followers and enemies wherever he goes; always loudly proclaiming his eagerness to die for Palestine, but mysteriously failing to do so while he helped so many others to succeed.
His latest deal, combined with his complete inability to answer the Israeli offensive or to govern areas under PA jursidiction effectively, has left him exposed as so blatantly useless that even many Palestinians seem to be catching on. In the short term, they will probably turn to Hamas, leading to further violence and defeat. But in the longer term, the increased power of Hamas may be an improvement.
Remember, nothing we can do discredits the Islamofascists so thoroughly as they discredit themselves when they gain power. Every country where they have gained power they have been dismal, corrupt failures. Iran, the first country to fall under their spell, will soon become the first true Islamic democracy in the region.