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
Sunday, December 14, 2003
The Ace of Spades
The arrest today of Saddam Hussein gives a morale boost for the US efforts in Iraq and for Bush politically. But in the long run, I'm skeptical about a major impact in either area. Saddam hasn't been organizing the resistance, and I doubt that much of it has been inspired by him. There was already word this morning of another attack in Baghdad.
There was something strange about seeing a bearded and grizzled Hussein opening wide for an oral exam. Stripped of lackeys and power, the greatest living mass murderer looked banal and insignificant - like a bum actually. The madmen who terrify and tyrannize the world like to imagine they're a breed apart, surround themselves with trappings to look the role, but they are nothing at all except what they trick or intimidate us into seeing in them.