Friday, May 19, 2006

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore - Selective Outrage
So the UN wants us to close Guantanamo.

You know, for running a super-secret torture center, we aren't very good at it. Everyone knows where it is, it's observed by the International Red Cross and the UN, and there's no actual torture going on. In fact, the inmates are putting on weight. That may be torture by a Hollywood starlet's standards, but not anywhere else in the world.

Of course, the UN has yet to issue any statements condemning Cuba's gulags, China's slave labor camps, or the actions of secret police in their secret prisons in a whole host of Islamic countries.

Maybe next week.

Recommended Reading
VDH, "Anti-anti-Americanism."

Allow me to introduce someone, Aayan Hirsi Ali. It's a strange, sad story. And it raises some questions.

And Deroy Murdock returns to New Orleans.

Despite all the hype, The Da Vinci Code is receiving a harsh reception. And that's just from the movie critics. I haven't even mentioned those who take exception to the film on philosopical and/or moral grounds.

Thought of the Week
"We are in a war of a peculiar nature. It is not with an ordinary community, which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about: not with a state which makes war through wantonness, and abandons it through lassitude. We are at war with a system, which by its essence, is inimical to all other governments, and which makes peace or war, as peace and war may best contribute to their subversion. It is with an armed doctrine that we are at war. It has, by its essence, a faction of opinion, and of interest, and of enthusiasm, in every country."
Edmund Burke, Letters on Regicide Peace, 1796.

Churchill Quote of the Week
"One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'."
Sir Winston Churchill, Second World War (1948)


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