- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2003

The new Europe
Isn't it a big deal that eight European countries from Spain to Italy to Britain just publicly rebuked France and Germany for their obstructionist stance on Iraq? The leaders' op-ed in the Times of London (commissioned by the Wall Street Journal) was the lead story in most British newspapers, created waves of coverage in Europe, was featured prominently in the Wall Street Journal and made AOL's top story for a while yesterday. So, where was the story in the New York Times and The Washington Post? Buried deep in the last paragraph of a news story in The Post; and no mention that I could find in the New York Times until late in the day yesterday, when the newspaper did all it could to undermine the position of "New Europe." Alan Cowell's piece described Tony Blair's gambit as "unusual," as if European support for the United States in matters of war and peace were somehow exceptional in recent history rather than routine. Mr. Cowell made sure to emphasize that Holland hadn't signed on, and the the entire continent was "ever more divided over the need for war." "Old Europe" and the "Old Gray Lady" together once again.
Sontag award nominee (for moral equivalence in the war on terror)
"Unelected in 2000, the Washington regime of George W. Bush is now totalitarian, captured by a clique whose fanaticism and ambitions of "endless war" and "full spectrum dominance" are a matter of record. All the world knows their names: Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Perle, and Powell, the false liberal. Bush's State of the Union speech last night was reminiscent of that other great moment in 1938 when Hitler called his generals together and told them: "I must have war." He then had it." John Pilger, the Daily Mirror, earlier this week.
To get some moral perspective on where Mr. Pilger is coming from, it's worth remembering a piece of his written in the British magazine, the New Statesman, back in November 1999. It was in defense of Slobodan Milosevic, another genocidal hero of some in the "anti-war" movement. "The same is true of the Milosevic regime," Mr. Pilger wrote. "No one can doubt its cruelty and atrocities, but comparisons with the Third Reich are ridiculous." So let's get this straight. Mr. Bush, trying to liberate a people from a dictator's grip, is worse than Milosevic, imperialist, genocidal war criminal. Just so you know where some on the left are coming from.
Who asked him?
Strange quote yesterday from the most pro-Saddam of the U.N. inspectors, Mohamed ElBaradei. "I still hope that war is not inevitable. I will do my damned best to ensure that war is not inevitable, and I will try every possible way to try to see whether we can resolve that issue through peaceful means." These are noble sentiments, but with all due respect to Mr. ElBaradei, his role is not to seek peace or to avert war. His role is merely to confirm Iraq's disarmament. By revealing his broader geo-political aspirations, however noble, Mr. ElBaradei cannot but undermine the neutrality and professionalism of the United Nations on the ground. Their job is to be neutral about the consequences of their findings and objective in their assessment of Iraq's cooperation.
An American in Pravda
Who on earth is John Stanton? His bio in Pravda yes, Pravda is "a Virginia-based writer specializing in national security matters." His views, however, are straight out of ANSWER's playbook. Here's a quote from a column of his earlier this week in that esteemed newspaper:
"Like the German immigrants to America who had the foresight to see that injustice [slavery], the millions who protested around the world on January 18, 2003, will be remembered for raising the consciousness of people everywhere to the great danger that George Bush II and the current U.S. government pose to America and the world. The greatest threat to American society besides Iraq oil wars is an unaccountable White House occupant, Congress, Supreme Court and military, the latter being the now well-established fourth branch of the U.S. government. Americans and the world can only hope that there will be more rallies and marches as occurred on January 18. If not, the U.S. government, as it stands now, will destroy or imprison its people and those of any other nation who dare challenge the Bush and Beveridge God-given right to rule the world. The Monster is, indeed, on the loose and no single individual can fight against him."
Great to see pathological anti-Americanism in action, isn't it? And for a foreign audience, natch.
Begala award nominee (for grotesque left-wing hyperbole)
"With the Supreme Court hearing on the University of Michigan's admissions policies about to begin, the U.S. right once again hopes to eliminate affirmative action from the political landscape. The contentious nature of their efforts can be gauged by the fact that an administration which has maintained public unity on everything from lifting taxes on the rich to dropping bombs on the poor, has been openly split on this issue." Gary Younge in (where else?) the Guardian, earlier this week. "Lifting taxes on the rich and dropping bombs on the poor" isn't it always nice to see political opponents concede each other's good faith?

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