Saturday, October 18, 2003

LUNACY WATCH #1: I can't decide who to give the "Asshat of the Day Award." The Democrats (minus 4), General Boykin or Mahathir Mohammad? All three.

  • Why in the world did the Democrats (minus Zell Miller, Maria Cantwell, Daniel K. Inouye, and Joseph R. Biden Jr.) and some Republicans (that would be Ben Nighthorse Campbell, John Ensign, Graham, Olympia J. Snowe, Sam Brownback, Saxby Chambliss, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins) vote for an amendment to turn half of the reconstruction aid for Iraq into a loan? Yes, I'm all for debt-forgiveness even though that would cancel the $184 that Halliburton is owed. The foreign debt is already estimated to be between $60 billion to more than $130 billion and I'm a little curious where Kevin Drum gets his $300 billion number. The New York Times hints at "$150 billion to $200 billion." I guess nobody really knows. As Juan Cole notes:
    It will be years before Iraq can produce much more than three to five million barrels a day. A good deal of that petroleum, and much of the profit from it, will be needed for internal reconstruction and debt servicing.
    And, of course, paying for the debt that Saddam caused. There's much more outrage out there, so let me just say that this is incredibly stupid. This is like kicking the Iraqis in the teeth. And it hurts, damnit.


  • General Boykin calls my god "an idol," thinks that the war on terrorism is a holy war, and says the enemy is Satan. How do they find this guy? And no, this isn't just political-correctness. According to Terry of the Nitpicker blog, General Boykin should be guilty of violating article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Department of Defense directive 1344.10, Chapter 2 of the CGSC Handbook and Army Regulation 670-1. If he's sent on gardening leave, which is where he should be sent, he should be given a copy of Thomas Jefferson's treatise on the separation of church and state.


  • Add a third to the list: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed. He has been labeled a "moderate" by the media, mainly because he has done some good things for his country. Mohammad was speaking in front of the Organization of the Islamic Conference during its 10th summit., when he said this in his welcoming speech:
    It cannot be that there is no other way. 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way.

    [...]

    We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.

    [...]

    We are up against a people who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. We cannot fight them through brawn alone. We must use our brains also.

    Of late because of their power and their apparent success they have become arrogant. And arrogant people, like angry people will make mistakes, will forget to think.

    They are already beginning to make mistakes. And they will make more mistakes. There may be windows of opportunity for us now and in the future. We must seize these opportunities.
    We Muslims must face a harsh reality: we have a problem with anti-Semitism. It's not always been like this and most of it started with the creature of the Jewish state. Hatred of Jews in the Islamic and Arab world is as rampant as that of crazy conspiracy theories. And we must realize that there's no denial to this and solve it. One can criticize appropriately the treatment of Palestinians and not be a racist ideologue. But one can also, like Mr. Mohammad, move away from these appropriate criticism to anti-Semitic trash-talk. No, the Jews don't rule the world. (I actually think that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia is more influential on the President compared to, say, Ariel Sharon.) Deal with it. Wake up. Face the facts. We are lagging behind and there's a reason that Jews have been successfull in so many things. It's not because of their "evil Jewry-ness" but because they've worked harded and therefore earned it. If we spent more time educating ourselves and our children, we wouldn't have time to hate.

    How is it possible that such hatred has become almost a standard? How can a Muslim think that the Jews control the world? The Qu'ran teaches us that Allah controls the world. Suddenly the Jews have taken over? We must overcome our obsession with these sham politics. Life is much simpler when it consists of anesthetized existence, punctuated now and then by angry shouts about ghosts in the shadows and nightmares in our dreams, preventing us from being what we do not have the courage to become. Al-Muhajabah once said that "Muslims sometimes are just too stupid to be evil." Too true, sister.

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