Most conservatives might not listen to AAR, just like most conservatives would not participate in anti-war demonstrations. That does not mean that nobody notices.
In fact conservatives did notice who was behind the anti-war movement http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/862716/posts. That is on the homepage of Free Republic btw, didn't you notice?
You ignore the proliferation of totalitarian front groups at your own peril. They are a danger to free peoples everywhere. We need to expose them in order to marginalize them. Not ignore them as they work their way into the mainstream and gain legitimacy.
I've reprinted this from my blog. Nobody seems to have noticed that a front group for the Revolutionary Communist Party, a group that openly agitates for the overthrow of the American system of governemnt is running ads on Air America Radio. Is AAR just unaware or are they really that strapped for cash?
The Ferguson quote is used in a misleading manner.
Republicans have no such luck this time, and so they scramble to reassure themselves that they nevertheless are doing the right thing, voting against a war hero. The simplest way to do this is to convince themselves that the war hero isn't really a war hero. If sufficient doubt about Kerry's record can be raised, we can vote for Bush without remorse. But the calculations are transparently desperate. Reading some of the anti-Kerry attacks over the last several weeks, you might conclude that this is the new conservative position: A veteran who volunteered for combat duty, spent four months under fire in Vietnam, and then exaggerated a bit so he could go home early is the inferior, morally and otherwise, of a man who had his father pull strings so he wouldn't have to go to Vietnam in the first place.
Needless to say, the proposition will be a hard sell in those dim and tiny reaches of the electorate where voters have yet to make up their minds. Indeed, it's far more likely that moderates and fence-sitters will be disgusted by the lengths to which partisans will go to discredit a rival. But this anti-Kerry campaign is not designed to win undecided votes. It's designed to reassure uneasy minds.
Yugoslavia means roughly 'land of the south slavs'. Under the Communist Tito the country was organized along federal lines with 6 republics (Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia). However, the decision to give Bosnia-Hercegovian republic status did not sit well with either Croats or Serbs, both of whom had at one time or another administered the territory. To complicate things further B-H was the scene of the Croat fascist sponsored genocide against Serbs (1941-45) and was also the main battleground for the the 3-way civil war between Croat Ustasha, Serb Chetniks and the Communist Partisans (most of whom incidently were Bosnian Serbs).
Sometime during the 50's and 60's the Slavic Muslims of B-H began to develop a national identity based primarily on their religious heritage. Originally there were 5 founding nations (peoples) Serbs, Slovenes, Croats, Montenegrens and Macedonians. The 1963 Constitution recognized 'Muslim' as a people. That is as a Slavic people, since Albanian muslims were not granted the same status, always a sore point for them.
The issue of identity was one of the primary causes of the Yugoslav civil wars. The various nationalities reaserted themselves strongly once the bonds of communism came undone. Milosevic gets most of the blame for starting this trend, but it was probably inevitable anyway. Tudjman should certainly share the blame. During the Slovenian war, a friend of mine remarked with a mixture of disappointment and admiration, that the Slovenes were behaving like Serbs. What they were doing was asserting their national identity. The Bosnian Muslims did the same but with disasterous results. The Albanians were much more successful in that they convinced the world that the disaster of the Bosnian war would be repeated if the nobody intervened.
I agree. The important event was the appointment of a Baathist general to command the Falluhja brigade. The site of a fat war criminal strutting around in his RG uniform scared the willies out of the Shiites. They seem to have realized that they need to get their collective act together and take a stand against thuggery.
William L. Nash, a retired Army major general and veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf war and the Bosnia mission, said that while combat in Falluja, Ramadi, Najaf and other hot spots drew public attention, "the key to success remains in the political field, not the battlefield."
That's the first time I've seen any major media recognize the situation for what it is, a political crisis not a military crisis.
The wednesday night news on one Canadian network sounded like the fall of Saigon was happening all over again.
If you can't dance to it, I don't wanna hear it. I don't care if you think it's cheesy or nerdy or geeky or "gay", if it's danceable in any possible way, I will probably like it. 1 of the reasons I like country, too. People *actually* dance in country places.
Wow, that's pretty much my feeling as well. Though for some strange reason I can't dance to Latin music or disco.
Watching the "Frontline" last week on Rwanda, the thing that appalled me the most (after the piles of butchered bodies, that is) was the State Dept. spokesman studiously avoiding using the word "genocide" and fumbling with the answer when someone asked if she was under orders not to use that word. The other thing was everyone in a position of authority saying "we didn't know." Everyone knew. It was on the news every night for three months. They didn't WANT to know, because then they would have been obligated to do something.
Yet the 'G' word was used regarding Kosovo, despite the lack of evidence there.
Ok. I know I'm probably comitting sacrelidge by posting this here, but I can't help myself. This is actually a sober assessment of anti-semitism and the new alliance between the left and Islamists. Is sanity making a creeping return to the Democratic party?