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Mark Steyn: Terminator or girlie man
The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 07/31/04 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 07/29/2004 7:55:47 AM PDT by Pokey78

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"Sloth favours the Islamists. Readers may recall that I wanted Bush to invade Iraq before the first anniversary of 9/11. If he had done, he’d have saved himself a whole lot of trouble, and we might even be rid of the mullahs or Boy Assad by now. The President has to be a terminator: he has to terminate regimes and structures that support Islamist terrorism. And, if every bigshot associated with the cause winds up like Uday and Qusay, the ideology will become a lot less fashionable. All these girlie-man options sound so reasonable, but they’re a fool’s evasion, an excuse to put off indefinitely the fights that have to be fought — in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere.

Girlie men are ‘men without chests’ — in the C.S. Lewis sense, rather than the Schwarzenegger one. I didn’t come up with this choice, nor did Arnold. The enemy did. As I wrote back in 2001, the Islamists have made a bet — that we’re too soft and decadent to see this through to the finish. This November, one way or another, they’ll get their answer."

Leave it to Steyn.

This is it, guys. This is the choice. This summarizes the differences in the approaches that will be offered and the results each will achieve. I wish there was a way to write this across the sky for the whole country to see before they choose this November.

I only wish I was confident that the right choice would be made.

21 posted on 07/29/2004 8:25:47 AM PDT by safeasthebanks (Choose wisely, choose bravely, choose freedom.)
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To: Pokey78

Here' s a link to another solution the girlie-men problem: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/113100/posts.

I hope it works


22 posted on 07/29/2004 8:31:44 AM PDT by tertiary01 (Then convention of prima donnas begins!!)
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To: Pokey78
...the Islamists have made a bet — that we’re too soft and decadent to see this through to the finish. This November, one way or another, they’ll get their answer.

Yup, that's what this election is all about.

23 posted on 07/29/2004 8:32:35 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (--waiting for something witty--)
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To: Pokey78

Another excellent Steyn article. This man is a genius.


24 posted on 07/29/2004 8:33:29 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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...the most murderous Islamists seem to be those who’ve enjoyed the alleged blessings of a Westernised education.

This is a profound point, and goes against the grain of leftists. They believe that human sin and failings can be solved with more education. It is a humanist dream. Human beings are evil because they are evil, and no amount of education will change it.

25 posted on 07/29/2004 8:34:50 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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Bump!!!!!


26 posted on 07/29/2004 8:34:50 AM PDT by aculeus
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60,000-troop Rapid Reaction Force will soon be ready to deploy around the world

And we have 600,000 troops in Iraq. This is the strongest force that an organization of 1 billion people can muster???

27 posted on 07/29/2004 8:36:32 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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bump for lunchtime read


28 posted on 07/29/2004 8:42:18 AM PDT by eureka! (May karma come back to the Rats and presstitutes in a big way....)
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To: evad
If TEAM Bush doesn't find a way to win 50% of the female vote, we'll go down just like we did twice with the toon.

Absolutely false. One of the great myths of electoral politics these days is that the GOP always faces a daunting "gender gap" at the polls. The reality is just the opposite -- it is the Democrats who face a daunting "gender gap," in that their share of the male vote is usually much smaller than the GOP's share of the female vote.

29 posted on 07/29/2004 8:42:57 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: Lurking in Kansas
. . . the Islamists have made a bet — that we’re too soft and decadent to see this through to the finish. This November, one way or another, they’ll get their answer.

Steyn is incorrect about this. We got the answer in the summer of 2003, and it wasn't what we wanted to hear.

I contend that the "war on terror" officially ended last summer, when the same Congress that couldn't figure out how to fund the war effort had no problem mustering near-unanimous support for a bill that would protect Americans from -- get this -- telemarketers.

30 posted on 07/29/2004 8:46:20 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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Girlie men are ‘men without chests’ — in the C.S. Lewis sense, rather than the Schwarzenegger one. I didn’t come up with this choice, nor did Arnold. The enemy did. As I wrote back in 2001, the Islamists have made a bet — that we’re too soft and decadent to see this through to the finish. This November, one way or another, they’ll get their answer.

This should be the fundamental theme for the Bush campaign.

31 posted on 07/29/2004 8:55:12 AM PDT by CharacterCounts
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Steyn bump


32 posted on 07/29/2004 8:55:54 AM PDT by Lyford
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To: Pokey78

BTTT


33 posted on 07/29/2004 9:03:02 AM PDT by spodefly (This post meets the minimum daily requirements for cynicism and irony.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Another more contemporary thread:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/11080679/posts


34 posted on 07/29/2004 9:03:26 AM PDT by tertiary01 (Then convention of prima donnas keeps going and going ..and going....a...g...)
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Styen for National Security Adviser
35 posted on 07/29/2004 9:04:27 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Pokey78

Great, insightful Steyn!




36 posted on 07/29/2004 9:09:17 AM PDT by Gritty ("In November the Islamists will see if we're too decadent to see this through to the finish-Mk Steyn)
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"...60,000-troop Rapid Reaction Force will soon be ready to deploy around the world...."

As soon as Uncle Sam gives us some C-17s and Ro-Ro ships -- 'cause we ain't got none of our own!

37 posted on 07/29/2004 9:31:53 AM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket???)
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To: Pokey78

Sometimes the truth hurts. Thank God brilliant men like Steyn exist to inflict that pain in just the right voice. Would that George Bush had one-tenth of Steyn's eloquence.


38 posted on 07/29/2004 9:46:52 AM PDT by beckett
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To: Pokey78

A ping for Steyn on Hugh Hewitt every Wednesday at the beginning of the first hour. In Baltimore, that is 6pm on 1320. Steyn has a delightful accent, too.


39 posted on 07/29/2004 9:52:21 AM PDT by maica (Hitlary says; "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good"...)
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To: milestogo; mikeIII; swarthyguy

Ping


40 posted on 07/29/2004 10:09:23 AM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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