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Mark Steyn: Iraq has never had it so good
The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 03/27/04 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 03/25/2004 6:21:36 AM PST by Pokey78

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To: scholar; Bullish; linear; yoda swings
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51 posted on 03/26/2004 9:33:13 AM PST by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings. I have started my journey, I'm drifting away with the wind,)
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To: Pokey78
9) Despite Saddam emptying his prisons of cutpurses and other ne’er-do-wells just before the war, coalition authorities report that crime in Basra has fallen by 70 per cent.

This one is telling, not just because it means people can feel safer and be happier. It also implies at least the possibility of an economic boom. There's nothing to suppress an economy like fear, and nothing to boost it like optimism.

52 posted on 03/26/2004 9:46:09 AM PST by irv
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To: Pokey78
Brilliant dissertation!

I usually don't like his serious essays as much as his satire, but this one's a keeper.

Thanks for the ping. So glad I didn't miss this!
53 posted on 03/26/2004 11:06:56 AM PST by RottiBiz
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To: Starve The Beast
AMEN!
54 posted on 03/26/2004 1:09:13 PM PST by Ruth A.
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To: Pokey78
Bump!
55 posted on 03/26/2004 3:18:19 PM PST by Stultis
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To: WhiteGuy
You know, that Statue of Liberty.

Came from the french, you remember.

Sure I remember but the bacon saving occurred in the 20th century and the Statue of Liberty was given in the 19th century so it couldn't have been a reward for something that hadn't happened yet.

Did we do some french bacon saving in the 1800 that I don't recall?

56 posted on 03/26/2004 3:33:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
No kidding..............

I guess you've pointed out my ignorance.

Thank you!

I guess we can add the french back to the list of "places where American Tax dollars have been wasted".
57 posted on 03/26/2004 3:42:08 PM PST by WhiteGuy (Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...)
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To: WhiteGuy
Sorry! Didn't mean to make you feel bad. I thought that maybe they had given us another statue at some point. I was going to have to re-think my french bashing.

I am happy to know that I can bash with a clear conscience.

58 posted on 03/26/2004 3:47:45 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure)
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To: Pokey78
"Environmental Choreographers Against Genocide "

Yeah! Why we love him.

59 posted on 03/27/2004 5:37:05 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: Godfollow
I like your notion, but it wont work as a campaign slogan. Very few people even know where Haiti and Kosovo are, let alone the lesson to be taken from Clinton's adventures there.
60 posted on 03/27/2004 6:10:08 AM PST by ontos-on
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sorry so late to the ping, but man pokey, am i ever glad im on it! thanks SO MUCH for keeping steyn's brilliance on the front page for me!
61 posted on 03/27/2004 9:00:15 AM PST by 1john2 3and4
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Did we do some french bacon saving in the 1800 that I don't recall?

American revolution occurred at least 30 years BEFORE the French one... I think, Americans gave the French the very idea of what to do.

Well, with all that Jacobean terror, the Frenchies didn't get it quite right... but that's a different story. The fact is, the statue was well deserved in the 19th century.

62 posted on 03/27/2004 1:53:17 PM PST by Neophyte (Nazists, Communists, Islamists... what the heck is the difference?)
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