Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: The 'civil war' that wasn't
Posted on 01/31/2005 6:11:24 AM PST by Eurotwit
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This has got to be the best line I have seen in a long time! I may have to "borrow" it (modified as necessary) for certain other notable pairs: Kerry/Edwards, Bill-n-Hill, etc.
To me, it's the really astounding thing about his writting. He has a least one of those sentences in every article he writes.
After reading this, I have to get on the Mark Steyn ping list! I would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to add me to it. Thanks!
Gotta love Steyn!
Thanks for the ping. Another great article by the best writer in the business.
Denny Crane: "I want two things. First God and then Fox News."
Robert Fisk is a Brit leftist writer and a moron, but I am being redundant.
a fingerprint to vote would do wonders here.
I must reluctantly agree. The hard part starts now. They must now get down to the business of writing the constitution, and how it is structured will make all the difference. The greatest danger is that the resulting government becomes a standard third-world corrupt kleptocracy, and the Iraqi people turn to extremism. If Iraq turns out like South America, where there was a democratic revolution followed by economic collapse and nostalgia for authoritarian rule in many countries, Iraq's ability to serve as a beacon for the rest of the Arab world will be correspondingly diminished.
For the record, I don't think that's the most likely outcome, and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the pictures of the last few days. Furthermore, Afghanistan has gone quite well so far. But there is still difficult work ahead building a self-governing society surrounded by a bunch of rulers for life all threatened by Iraqi success, and thus many pitfalls yet to overcome. What they do now that they've had the elections is as important as having had them to begin with.
Mark Steyn is the best....he sees so clearly and states it so right on along with being very very funny. I love this guy!!! Thank You Mark.
<< .... Jacques Chirac and Kofi Annan, a pantomime horse in which both men are playing the rear end .... >>
Or chuck in either Kim Beazley [Although he could do the whole horse, solo] or Gerhardt Schroeder [If you can catch him sober] and the three of them can do the hind legs and the tail.
Unfortunately, it wouldn't do much about some of the dead who still seem to vote (crooked poll watchers) and ballot box stuffers (corrupted custody chain).
I'd say the stained finger is about one of three additional measures we should take here. Another one being a complete re-regstration, (2-photo IDs (match photos to person, scans of both IDs and facial measurement scan for the records), with addresses, and US mail, stamped and postmarked (not metered), delivered to the person at ID address) and no one who hasn't passed the process 30-days in advance gets to vote.
The third would be a very aggressive, cross-correllated follow-up on the ID, with stiff sentences for fraud--not necessarily tied to the actual act of voting.
Whats really funny is what is implied..
"and John Kerry is the FACE... or the front"
I ping, therefore, I am.
Mark Steyn: The 'civil war' that wasn't Excerpt:
AND so the "looming Iraqi election fiasco" joins "the brutal Afghan winter" and "the brutal Iraqi summer" and "the seething Arab street" and all the other junk in the overflowing trash can of post-9/11 Western media fictions. The sight of millions of brave voters emerging from polling stations holding high their purple dye-stained fingers was so inspiring that, from America's Democratic Party to European protest rallies, opponents of the war waited, oh, all of three minutes before flipping the Iraqis their own fingers, undyed.
"No one in the United States should try to over-hype this election," warned John Kerry yesterday before embarking on the world champion limbo dance of Iraqi election under-hyping.
He has a point. One vote does not a functioning democracy make. To be a truly advanced, sophisticated democracy you need an opposition party that knows how to react to good news by sounding whiny and grudging and moving the goalposts. "The real test is not the election," he declared, airily swatting aside 8 million voters. "The real test is..."
I dozed off at that point, so I'm unable to tell you what moved goalposts the senator inserted. But no doubt they involved, as they always do, the Bush administration needing to "reach out" more effectively to involve the "international community". "International community", by the way, doesn't mean Tony Blair, John Howard, the Poles, Japan, India, Fiji, et al but Jacques Chirac and Kofi Annan, a pantomime horse in which both men are playing the rear end. But, in an advanced, sophisticated democracy, that's how we define the "international community": no matter how many foreigners are in your coalition, it's unilateral unless Jacques is on board.
In Commonwealth countries, of course, we have the concept of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, so called because the Loyal Opposition carries on like a hysterical old queen. Thus, Kim Beazley, back in the saddle and already sore -- on the very eve of the Iraqi election triumph, when elementary prudence might have suggested waiting 24 hours before singing another refrain of When It's Quagmire Time on the Tigris.
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