"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Mind Over Matter: I Don't Mind, And You Don't Matter

I truly don't understand the mind of the anti-war, anti-American, anti-Israeli European. He is so...diffident, perhaps even indifferent, toward mass murder committed by third-world tyrants and Islamofascists. Instead, the objects of his scorn include right-of-center Western leaders and the only functioning democracy in the Middle East. Against such targets, he shrilly rails in vociferous attacks marked by a distinct undercurrent of self-loathing.

Perhaps these words do not precisely describe the smarmy, erstwhile weapons-inspector-extraordinaire Hans Blix, for his low-key style is anything but shrill, but it is noxious nonetheless.

First, let us turn to a recent piece by Terry Eastland, wherein he refers to the story of "Muhaned" that is related in a report, by the U.S. Agency for International Development, entitled Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves.

As "Muhaned" recalls, the year was 1991, and he was south of Baghdad, on a trip to visit his parents, when an Iraqi army unit seized him without explaining why.

He was taken to a military camp and thrown into a room with more than 100 other Iraqis. They were loaded onto buses and driven to the edge of a swamp, where they were unloaded and forced to crouch in rows.

Soldiers lined up in front of them, and when they started firing, a large man in front of Muhaned jumped to his feet. Sprayed with bullets, the man fell back upon Muhaned, flattening him and pushing him into the swamp. The man's body covered Muhaned completely.

Muhaned lay there 30 minutes while the shooting continued. The soldiers then checked the bodies and found one man who had been injured. They killed him.

They didn't discover Muhaned, who, having made his way into the cane, watched a bulldozer push the bodies into the swamp and cover them with mud.

...AID Administrator Andrew Natsios says that if [the estimates of 300,000 to 400,000 dead] prove accurate, "they represent a crime against humanity surpassed only by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Pol Pot's Cambodian killing fields in the 1970s, and the Nazi Holocaust of World War II."

Now let us turn to the delightful Mr. Blix. In an interview today with a Danish newspaper, warm in the bosom of his beloved Scandinavia, Hans sniffed,

What's positive is that Saddam and his bloody regime is gone, but when figuring out the score, the negatives weigh more. That accounts for the many casualties during the war and the many people who still die because of the terrorism the war has nourished. The war has liberated the Iraqis from Saddam, but the costs have been too great.
What an ass.


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I've written about this previously, but it bears repeating. On September 12, 2002, President Bush spoke to the U.N. General Assembly. His speech included the following two points:
  • "Iraq continues to commit extremely grave violations of human rights."
  • "Liberty for the Iraqi people is a great moral cause."

Blix, who resides in a moral wasteland, apparently does not agree. Ankle-biters like him want only to talk about the assertions that Saddam had stocks of chemical and biological weapons, because no stocks of significant size have yet been found. For them this fact is a source of great glee.

What we have found is 53 mass graves. There may be 270 or more. The two points from the president's speech cited above were part of the rationale for going to war. On this the mainstream media is mostly silent. As silent as a graveyard.


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