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In U.S. Success, Anti-War Faction's Worst Fears Realized
Newhouse News Service ^ | Nov 14, 2001 | JAMES LILEKS

Posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:14 PM PST by Cyber Liberty

It's amazing what a few visits from Mr. B-52 and his girlfriend Daisy Cutter can do to reacquaint the enemy with reality. An application of American firepower appears to have snapped the Taliban's spine and sapped their morale, resulting in liberation. Freedom. Celebration. This is what the anti-war forces have been secretly dreading: news reports of happy Afghans.

Men have lined up around the block to get their itchy Taliban-mandated beards shaved off -- and don't think the boys at Gillette aren't kicking themselves for not thinking of that endorsement opportunity. Women have dared to venture into public alone without fearing they'll be mashed into chum by zealous nutbrains. Music has filled the streets again. Music! Imagine living for years without hearing music; imagine the sweet flood of emotion upon hearing a song without fearing that the Anti-Melody Rapid Response Team is going to screech around the corner and shoot everyone.

One wonders what songs they played. But it doesn't matter; "The Pina Colada Song" would seem like "La Marseillaise" after a while.

The anti-war movement's response, of course, was noisy dismay. Two hundred demonstators marched on CNN HQ in Atlanta Nov. 11, demanding that the network run pictures of Afghans killed by errant bombs. Veteran's Day, two-month anniversary of the attacks: nice timing, guys. Noam Chomsky, our own little Quisling, popped up in India to denounce the United States and describe the attacks on Afghanistan as "a bigger terrorist act than what happened on Sept. 11."

It takes tremendous energy to maintain these hideous delusions. Chomsky must be exhausted. He must also be surprised every time he lands back in America and is not arrested; the nation he describes would surely clap him in chains and leave him in a basement to devolve to rat food and bones.

There is nothing that dismays the Chomskyites more than American success, regardless of the consequence to the people on whose behalf the protesters protest. Better a thousand Kuwaiti women be shipped off to Republican Guard rape camps than the U.S. keep Saddam's hands off the world's economic jugular. Better the Taliban dig its claws into the neck of a nation than the U.S. actually be seen as a liberator. Better that evil triumph, as long as flawed men don't act.

Which brings us to Bill Clinton. He made a much-criticized speech at Georgetown, and was slammed for suggesting that America deserved what it got on 9/11. That wasn't the point or gist of the speech. If Clinton was guilty of anything, it was his belief that his narcissistic gas-leak of a speech contained novel insights or rhetorical competence. He supported the war on terror, more or less, but reminded us all that the world has many problems, and we should do something about them. Brave words to speak on a college campus. But here's what really raised eyebrows:

"Those of us who come from various European lineages are not blameless. Indeed, in the First Crusade, when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with 300 Jews in it, and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple mound. ... I can tell you that that story is still being told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it."

Who's this we, Lone Ranger? The 82nd Airborne never landed at Jerusalem. Jews didn't hijack planes and smack them into buildings to avenge the sins of the Crusaders. More to the point, a couple hundred Americans were blown up in Lebanon in the early '80s, and until 9/11 we didn't talk about it.

This is the Olympian view that will remain after the victories are forgotten, long after the Chomskys have combusted in a smelly burst of acrid flames, long after bin Laden and his ideas are dead. It's the tyranny of the long view. There are lessons to be learned from history, yes, but sometimes you have to pry the bony hand of history from your neck and reshape the tale, give the future a better history to consult.

History, after all, taught us that Afghanistan swallowed empires. History warned against quagmires. Well, history has just met the Daisy Cutter, and now perhaps the citizens of Afghanistan are liberated from more than the Taliban.

Imagine what they must be thinking:

Yesterday the American planes came; today we are free of the Taliban. History be damned. Let's dance.

(James Lileks can be contacted at james.lileks@newhouse.com)


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I sawa this reprinted in my local paper, but didn't see it posted. Sorry if this is a repeat.
1 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:14 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Good job.
2 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:14 PM PST by Silly
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To: Hobey Baker
Sept 11 is what we're fighting for...this story is what the Afghanis are fighting for.
4 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Hobey Baker
BTT
5 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:22 PM PST by snorkeler
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To: Cyber Liberty
He should have said Mr. Buff and his gal Daisy Cutter!

Other than that, I'm diggin' it!

6 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:22 PM PST by Yankee
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To: Cyber Liberty
Good catch Cyber!
7 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:22 PM PST by Roebucks
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To: Roebucks
Hey, thanks! Maybe this thread needs a few nukes?
8 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:23 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Music has filled the streets again.

Top Hits on Radio Kabul

1)"Tali-band On The Run"

2)"Baby Got Burqa"

Add your own.........

9 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:23 PM PST by Yankee
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To: Cyber Liberty
Great, now the Pina Colada Song is stuck in my head.
10 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:23 PM PST by HopieAnn
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To: Cyber Liberty; aculeus
Great post. Let's rejoice at the liberation of Kabul, and gloat at humiliated pests like Chomsky.
11 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:24 PM PST by dighton
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To: Cyber Liberty
BTTT
12 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:24 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Cyber Liberty
Fire away!
13 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:24 PM PST by Roebucks
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To: HopieAnn
So do I...

"I love Pina Coladas...and gettin' caught in the rain...."

14 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:24 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Roebucks
A mountain range, somewhere in Eastern Afghanistan...

Let's have some Hydrogen! Let's have some Hydrogen!

15 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:25 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Yankee
Taliban on the Run!



Well, The bombs Exploded With A Mighty Crash As they Fell Into The Sun,
And The First One Said To The Second One There I Hope You're Having Fun.
Ban On The Run, Ban On The Run.
And The B1 Man And Sailor Sam Were Searching every one

For the ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run

Well, The Undertaker Drew A Heavy Sigh when he seen 'em stacked 10 ft high,
And A Bell Was Ringing In The Village Square for the zealots anxious to die.
Ban On The Run, Ban On The Run.
And The B1 Man And Sailor Sam, were searching every one

For the ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run

Well, The Night Was Falling As The Desert World began To Settle Down.
In The Town we're Searching For 'em Every Where, but they're really lost n down.
Ban on the run, Ban on the run

And The Northern boys, who made some noise
Will search for evermore
For the ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run, Ban on the run

16 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:25 PM PST by Roebucks
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To: Cyber Liberty
History, after all, taught us that Afghanistan swallowed empires. History warned against quagmires. Well, history has just met the Daisy Cutter, and now perhaps the citizens of Afghanistan are liberated from more than the Taliban.

LOL! Great line about the Daisy Cutter. This guy is right on target.

17 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:25 PM PST by Paradox
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To: Cyber Liberty
Better that evil triumph, as long as flawed men don't act.

I have never seen a better summation of the views of liberals in general and pacifists in particular.

18 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:25 PM PST by murdoog
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To: Cyber Liberty
Big bomb go boom! Taliban on the run, gonna fry in da sky!
19 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:26 PM PST by Roebucks
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To: murdoog
This writer is a gifted fellow. I had not seen his work before.
20 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:26 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: HopieAnn
Could be worse. Could be "Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree." Sorry, is that stuck in your head now?

Oh, well, just one more thing: "Me and you and a dog named Boo." Take care.

21 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:26 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Roebucks
Oh Yes! Achmed bin-Cartney, I know him well.

I've got all his albums.

Even with his first group, The Beat-them.

22 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:26 PM PST by Yankee
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To: Richard Kimball
You'll fry for that, for sure Dr. Kimball....
23 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:26 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Bump?
24 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:40 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
I don't believe Clinton really said this, did he ?
25 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:48 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Cyber Liberty
Screw the One Armed Man, we now know that Richard Kimball is guilty of crimes aginst humanity...

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo Indeed!

26 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:48 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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To: Roebucks
Where can i get the CD.
27 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:48 PM PST by dredhawk
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Clinton said the things quoted in the article, yes. At a Georgetown speech.
28 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:48 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Jim Lileks is a national treasure. If you want the best laugh you've had in years, buy his book, The Gallery of Regrettable Food:

Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!

Several times during the reading of this book, I laughed so hard that I was literally in tears.

29 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:53 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Yankee
He should have said Mr. Buff and his gal Daisy Cutter!

Except they never go together, at least not 'arm in arm' so to speak. Daisy is a big girl, and even Mr Buff can't handle her.

30 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:54 PM PST by Elihu Burritt
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To: Cyber Liberty
This writer is a gifted fellow. I had not seen his work before.

Check out www.lileks.com for his humor writings. The Institute of Official Cheer is one of the best things on the internet.

31 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:55 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Elihu Burritt
I know. Her man is really "Hercules".

But the guy was on a roll.

"Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"---"Bluto" Blutarski "Animal House".

32 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:55 PM PST by Yankee
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To: Cyber Liberty
Chomsky

Sounds like toe jam. This guy's a real ditz.

33 posted on 11/16/2001 1:18:56 PM PST by ThomasMore
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To: Cyber Liberty
..was this Clintoon's narcissistic gas-leak.
34 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:02 PM PST by ThomasMore
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To: Physicist
Ohhh, James Lileks - I gotta bump this, and mention the Gallery of Regrettable Food ;)
35 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:03 PM PST by general_re
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To: dighton
Noam Chomsky, our own little Quisling, popped up in India to denounce the United States and describe the attacks on Afghanistan as "a bigger terrorist act than what happened on Sept. 11."

Noam Quisling. I like that!

36 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:10 PM PST by aculeus
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To: dighton
"Look, teacher, the birds are on fire"
A New York schoolgirl, upon seeing burning people jumping from WTC on 9-11.

Cited by Christopher Hitchens in the current Vanity Fair.

37 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:11 PM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Chomsky has conned millions of gullible Americans into believing that he the wisest person in the world. As Lileks points out, if the U.S. was as evil as Comrade Chomsky says it is, shouldn't he have been dead long ago?
38 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:56 PM PST by driftless
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To: Cyber Liberty
Great catch. A Freedom BTT.

Be prepared to have the Chorus of Fools arise once more to tell us that every time a birdie drops from its nest in Afghanistan it's our fault for booting the kindly ol' Taliban. I can hear them tuning up now.

39 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:57 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Cyber Liberty
Bill Clinton made a much-criticized speech at Georgetown, and was slammed for suggesting that America deserved what it got on 9/11.

Sad fact in all this is that America never deserved having him as president - at least not the reasonable and normal people of America. The liberals/demonrats deserved him and now deserve to wear his legacy around their necks like the albatross he had become to Al Gore.

40 posted on 11/16/2001 1:19:59 PM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: Cyber Liberty
Who's this we, Lone Ranger? The 82nd Airborne never landed at Jerusalem. Jews didn't hijack planes and smack them into buildings to avenge the sins of the Crusaders. More to the point, a couple hundred Americans were blown up in Lebanon in the early '80s, and until 9/11 we didn't talk about it.

(^: Clinton smart? ROTFL!

41 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:07 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Cyber Liberty
Thanks CL. I'm a big Lileks fan but hadn't seen this. His middle American sensibilities have been a major source of my sanity since 9-11. He's a lesson to all the blame America first crowd, any country that can make him must have something going for it.
42 posted on 11/16/2001 1:20:07 PM PST by discostu
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To: Cyber Liberty
Thanks for posting this. What a keeper!
Right on.

BTTT

43 posted on 11/18/2001 9:04:03 PM PST by ppaul
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