- The Washington Times - Friday, March 7, 2003

Fischer's nonsense

Every now and again, you hear a statement by an apparently serious politician and your jaw drops. That's what happened to me this week listening to Joschka Fischer, the foreign minister of Germany. He was appearing at a joint news conference with the foreign ministers of Russia and France, pledging to do all they can to prevent any U.N. resolution authorizing force against Saddam Hussein's regime. Of course, that's a perfectly legitimate (if reprehensible) position and consonant with the three powers' longstanding policy of appeasing Saddam, doing business with him and selling him arms. But what made my eyes widen was Mr. Fischer's defense of his position. He said: "We see there is progress. I do not see personally how we can stop the process of Resolution 1441 and resort to war."
What could he possibly mean? There is no "process" in Resolution 1441. There is simply the demand that Iraq completely and immediately itemize its entire arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in order to destroy them. U.N. inspectors would then be sent to inspect such lists and monitor the immediate destruction. After 18 resolutions demanding exactly the same thing, 1441 was a last, last chance for Saddam to disarm. So, any serious interpretation of 1441 i.e. one that doesn't simply deny the clear meaning of its words would have to conclude that it is Mr. Fischer, Mr. de Villepin and Mr. Ivanov who are stopping the "process of Resolution 1441" by essentially saying that it can be suspended, while we continue playing the same game of the past 12 years. Remember that in 1991, Iraq was originally told to disarm completely "within 15 days." Yet, 12 years later, this demand is still being stretched into infinity. That's the reality behind Mr. Fischer's interpretation of 1441: a distortion based on a fiction.

Tina Brown is at it again. She has nothing to say about the geopolitical realities we face in the world today. But, she does argue that it's all the fault of men. Here's her take on Saddam: "Macho is even more central to Saddam than to George Bush. When [Dan] Rather asked Saddam if he felt competitive with Osama bin Laden's owning the Arab street, Saddam replied, 'Jealousy is for women.' It's the kind of line W likes to come up with. ('And peace is for [expletive],' Dick Cheney would growl in assent.)" Huh? The truth, of course, is that the president has never said anything remotely that misogynistic, and anyone who knows him even vaguely will recognize that she simply doesn't have a clue about the current White House. And Cheney simply doesn't use words like that either. Ever. This is pure Dowdism make it up to smear any man who happens to pursue policies with which you disagree. The irony, of course, is that the last president who really did talk of women that way was one of Tina's idols. In the same column, she ascribes Republican animosity to Clinton as a function of sexual jealousy. Huh? Of Monica? Jennifer? Paula? If that's Tina's definition of "smoking sexual success," as she puts it, heaven knows what failure looks like.

Campus anti-Semitism
Two banners have recently gone up at Rutgers University. They both proclaim the same message: "Palestine Will Be Free From The River To The Sea." One is in the student center, blessed by the university. The University Council deemed the message to be "not inflammatory." Jewish students naturally felt otherwise. Meanwhile, the Rutgers paper just ran an editorial describing Israel as a fascist state, bent on ethnic cleansing. Bit by bit, the anti-Israeli forces on campuses ratchet up the smears and propaganda. And bit by bit, campus authorities do nothing.

Quote of the day
"But those who survived the purges hailed Stalin as a supreme genius." from the New York Times' fawning 1953 obit of the greatest mass murderer of the twentieth century. Yep, all fifteen of them.
Begala award nominee
"The situation we're in right now [with regards to Iraq] looks something like this: Imagine you've got a sick child in serious need of medical attention. You could take him to the hospital yourself but it's hours away over some difficult roads. You decide to bring in the pros. You call an ambulance, hand over your sick child over to them, and tell them to be careful! Now fast-forward a few hours. They're almost to the hospital. But, a few problems have cropped up along the way. Before hitting the road, the ambulance driver went and downed a quick six-pack. He scraped up half a dozen cars getting out of the liquor store parking lot. On the way to the hospital in a mix of drunkenness and zeal he's already hit two cars and four pedestrians. Now they're being chased by cops from two different counties. And there's a lynch mob on their trail looking for revenge for the trashed cars and mowed-down relatives." Josh Marshall, likening the Bush administration to drunk drivers, in the Hill newspaper. The odd thing is: The metaphor actually works in a way if you interpret the ambulance driver being the United Nations, rather than the United States. Better luck next time, Josh.

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