Friday, August 19, 2005

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore
Much has been made of Cindy Sheehan's protest.

Much has been made of what is going on around it. (Note to KSL: numbers would help here. The headline makes one think that the entire state of Utah is in open rebellion against the evil BushHitler, rather than a dozen or so anxious men and women waving posterboard signs.)

And much has been written about it. Here is a little more.

This is sad. Mrs. Sheehan is destroying herself in the process of tilting at this windmill.

Her meltdown is being televised, with the anti-war groups directing the eager press to ringside seats.

Some sympathy. If they really cared, someone would take Mrs. Sheehan aside, talk to her, and send her home while they carried on with the protest. [An aside - Mrs. Sheehan did go homw, due to her mother falling ill - a stroke, I believe.] But they need her; otherwise the cameras would go away.

What would they have us do? Run?

Even Afghanistan was wrong, in the eyes of the most vocal protesters.

So when can we defend ourselves? How many civilians have to die before the risk that some combat troops may die becomes worthwhile?

We are trying to change a medieval mindset. To change the way an enormous group of people think. We have persuaded some of them. Do we now abandon them to their deaths?

Do we surrender? Does anyone really think that will end the violence?

And they call Bush naive.

Recommended Reading
Your weekly dose of VDH: "The Biteback Effect." If you're not reading him every week - why not?

Bryon York on the Air America scandal. What scandal? Oh, the one that involves them ripping off a Manhattan Boys and Girls club to the tune of $900,000...

Michael Ledeen describes the players in Iran, and what they want.

Rich Lowry looks at a proposal for race-based government in Hawaii.

And Jonah Goldberg looks at environmental activists.

Patrolling the Front
A new feature. What are our member bloggers talking about on their own blogs?

Jamo has a new layout, and explains that
hope is not the answer, at least in the workplace.

Adam has been quiet. As has Matt, who is now back from D.C.

Bryan went cliff-diving.

And Spencer - well, he's being himself.

Over on the Pacific Slope, I posted this piece on the recently released FDNY tapes from Septeber 11th, 2001. I'm also beginning to wonder if I have too much time on my hands.

And here, I posted a piece on the concerns over avian flu.

So, all in all, pretty quiet on the Wasatch Front.

Thought of the Week
"There is mercy which is weakness, and even treason against the common good."
-- George Eliot

Winston Churchill Quote of the Week
"An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last."
-- Sir Winston Churchill


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