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  • The Multilateral Mirage (The Democrats don't have to be antiwar)

    02/18/2004 6:45:31 AM PST · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 112+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 18, 2004 | LEE HARRIS
    <p>The Democratic Party is in a bind. It needs to disagree with George Bush -- that, after all, is the point of having two parties. It also needs to be more liberal than George Bush, since that is the only way it can preserve its traditional ideological basis. But on the question of Iraq, the question arises: Is there really a liberal alternative to Mr. Bush's Iraq policy?</p>
  • David Warren: Lee Harris

    02/14/2004 5:51:36 PM PST · by quidnunc · 24 replies · 184+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 15, 2004 | David Warren
    With Lee Harris, I have shared the view that the West entered a new historical epoch on the morning of Sept. 11th, 2001, and that the ways of thinking that had served us (often not very well) through the wars of the 20th century would have to be abandoned. We would have to think again about the nature of our civilization, and of its enemies — for we were now faced with an existential threat different in kind. This is the Mr. Harris whose essay on "Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology", two summers ago, gave the most cogent account of what...
  • Lee Harris: My "Bush-ite Cheerleading"

    02/05/2004 6:18:01 AM PST · by Tolik · 4 replies · 168+ views
    TechCentrralStation ^ | 02/05/2004 | Lee Harris
    Imagine how you would feel if you had just become the proud parent of a bouncing baby boy, and you suddenly discovered that people you did not know from Adam were publishing critical reviews about your child's most intimate parts, with many of them written in a decidedly snide and hostile tone. Now take this and multiply it by authorial vanity -- the most powerful force known to man -- and you will have a dim sensation of how someone feels whose book has just seen the light of day. This is the experience I am currently going through,...
  • Lee Harris: Crisis Management [dissecting Dean and his shriek]

    01/22/2004 5:26:56 AM PST · by Tolik · 9 replies · 160+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 01/22/2004  | Lee Harris
    Is it fair to judge a man by a single shriek?I am referring to the sound that Howard Dean made the night of his dismal third place showing in the Iowa Caucus -- a sound that National Review Online's Jonah Goldberg has thoughtfully transcribed for those who did not get a chance to hear it on TV as a word beginning with Y, followed by 16 E's, 6 A's, 3 G's, and 6 H's: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHH. But even if it the sound Governor Dean made contained 28 E's and 16 A's, still the question remains: Is it fair to judge his...
  • Lee Harris: Providence and Al Gore

    01/06/2004 6:36:26 AM PST · by Tolik · 29 replies · 99+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | 01/06/2004 | Lee Harris
    Those seeking to find evidence of God's providential intervention in the affairs of men need only to reflect upon the political career of Al Gore.This is a man who had four chances to become President. First, he might have been elected in his own right in 1992, if Bill Clinton's vastly superior charm had not dazzled the Democratic Party. Second, Gore might have succeeded President Clinton if the latter had done the gentlemanly thing and resigned as President at the first hint of the Lewinsky scandal, or if Congress had removed him from office. Third, Gore might have won the...
  • Honor and Shame: Who Needs Them? (Why TROP™ wears a "Born to Lose" tattoo.

    12/31/2003 10:35:25 AM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 142+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | December 31, 2003 | Lee Harris
    The author Victor Davis Hanson, in an otherwise excellent attack on the malaise of modern intellectuals, refers dismissively to "honor and shame" as "the stuff of tribal societies." Of course he is right; it is the stuff of tribal societies; and in making this point, he is also making the same point that several readers made about my article, "Blaming Christmas," namely, that the sense of honor by itself is no guarantee that those motivated by this sense will act decently or morally: "As much, perhaps more, wrong has been done in the name of 'honor' as has [been done...
  • Our Brave New World (In the future uncertainty about terror will become the norm)

    12/29/2003 12:01:11 PM PST · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 145+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | December 29, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Why is there a terror alert in the United States some two years and three months after President Bush declared his war on terrorism? Wasn't that the whole point of invading Afghanistan and Iraq — to make certain that nothing like 9/11 happens to us again? This question has been raised during the last week, and I would like to try to answer it, if only because it badly needs an answer. I regret that the Bush administration ever made it appear as if our occupation of Iraq was a new front on the war on terror, because if it...
  • Lee Harris: The Uses of Compassion, Should we feel sympathy or pity for Saddam's fall & humiliation?

    12/18/2003 5:22:06 AM PST · by Tolik · 37 replies · 201+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/18/2003  | Lee Harris
    Since the capture of Saddam Hussein last Saturday, there has arisen a debate over whether we should feel sympathy or pity for his fall and subsequent humiliation; and no less a moral authority than a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church weighed in, asserting that he felt genuine compassion for Saddam Hussein, and berating the United States for its moral insensitivity in releasing the video tape made immediately after he was taken captive. This discussion made me start thinking about the use -- and abuse -- of compassion, and the first thing that came to my mind was a simple...
  • Lee Harris: Had He "Done Nothing to Us"? [answer war critics mantra: Saddam has done nothing to us]

    12/17/2003 9:21:19 AM PST · by Tolik · 28 replies · 198+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/17/2003 | Lee Harris
    "Saddam has done nothing to us." This line jumped out at me while I was reading a Philadelphia Enquirer article by Don Harrison entitled, "Capture still does not justify Iraq war," referring, of course, to the capture this weekend of Saddam Hussein. The article's author goes on to explain that while Saddam is "a vile monster" and that it is a good thing that he will be brought to justice, "his capture does not, in any way, justify our ill-advised, ill-timed, ill-planned act of aggression." Well, obviously. If the second Iraq war was indeed a stupid act of aggression, what...
  • Lee Harris: Thank God He's Alive

    12/15/2003 5:28:19 AM PST · by Tolik · 21 replies · 97+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/14/2003 | Lee Harris
     There is a famous scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy's little dog, Toto, pulls the curtain back, and the illusionary wizard is revealed to be a small and insignificant human being, whose power came solely from the fear he was able to engender in the imagination of those he held in thrall. I thought of this scene Sunday morning when, alerted by a friend's phone call at 7:30, I turned on my TV and saw the unforgettable video of the former dictator of Iraq. It was not the first time that I had seen his face, of course....
  • Good American Hypocrisy [Lee Harris takes on Saddam-lover, Robert Fisk]

    02/26/2003 4:16:39 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 162+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | Wednesday, February 26, 2003 | By Lee Harris
    "The first pictures of 'liberated' Baghdad will show Iraqi children making victory signs to American tank crews." Except for the mocking quotation marks around 'liberated,' it would be hard to guess that the author of this remark was Robert Fisk, one of America's bitterest critics, and even harder to guess that the article from which it was taken was an essay against the war in Iraq. But the very hardest thing to believe is the tone of voice in which these words must be uttered in order to convey them as he meant them—bitter, indignant, contemptuous, outraged. And the...
  • Speak No Evil--The true target of the attack is not George Bush. It is you.

    03/01/2003 5:53:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 235+ views
    techcentralstation.com ^ | 02/28/2003 | Lee Harris
    Ever since President Bush spoke of the Al Qaeda hijackers as "evil doers," a chorus of academic authorities have derided the President for his choice of words, some claiming that it was simplistic, some claiming that it was Manichean, some claiming that it was incitement to a fundamental Christian crusade—but all agreeing that the word "evil" should be struck from the President's vocabulary. What no one seems to notice, however, is that it is not merely the President's use of the word evil that is coming under attack—it is our own, yours and mine. Of course, this is not...
  • Why Not Containment?--Misunderstanding what the doctrine of containment is all about.

    03/04/2003 4:55:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 281+ views
    TCS ^ | 03/04/2003 | Lee Harris
    But this argument is based on a fallacy. The current Bush administration is in fact following a policy of containment—the same policy that was initiated by the first Bush administration, and then carried on by the Clinton administration. And the only possible explanation for why Bush's critics fail to see this fairly obvious fact is that they simply do not understand what is involved in the concept of containment in the first place. These critics seem to have the strange notion that containment is an alternative to actual war, when in fact it is a form of warfare—a fact recognized,...
  • Why Not Containment? Misunderstanding what the doctrine of containment is all about.

    03/05/2003 11:35:21 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 162+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Critics of the Bush administration have recently been pushing for the adoption of a strategy of containment towards Iraq, as opposed to war. Containment, they argue, is the policy that was pursued by the United States vis-à-vis the USSR in the aftermath of World War II. It worked then, so the logic goes, so why not let it work now? But this argument is based on a fallacy. The current Bush administration is in fact following a policy of containment—the same policy that was initiated by the first Bush administration, and then carried on by the Clinton administration. And...
  • Sundown's Question-logic of 'Us versus Them' offends moral sensibility, does not change facts

    03/17/2003 5:17:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 166+ views
    techcentralstation.com ^ | 03/17/2003 | Lee Harris
    Not long after 9/11, when the horror of that day was still vivid to the mind, I was playing pool with a young friend, Sundown Walker. In the middle of our game, we began talking about our possible response to the attack, and Sundown asked me a question that has haunted me now for almost a year and a half now. It was simple, sincere, and heartfelt. "Why don't we just bomb them?" Now let me hasten to point out that Sundown does not work for State Department. He owns and operates a window tinting business, does the job of...
  • Pathological Agents-Standard condemns both Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein (Culture or pathology)

    03/22/2003 4:59:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 229+ views
    techcentralstation ^ | 03/21/2003 | Lee Harris
    The standard by which both Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein stand condemned. Susan Sontag, in her classic exchange with Andrew Sullivan on 9/11, repeated that oft-quoted line that "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." And if you had asked her for the source of this supposed truth, it is quite probable that she would have alluded to the principle of cultural relativism. And the same argument may be seen behind those anti-war protestors who argue that we should respect the autonomy of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, however abhorrent the conduct of this regime may appear to our own parochial...
  • Just Ask Mohammed--Healing the great rift between the Islamic world and the West.

    04/08/2003 5:14:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 125+ views
    techcentralstation ^ | 04/08/2003 | Lee Harris
    For the past couple of days, ever since I heard about him, I have been thinking about Mohammed. This is the name that has been given to the man who guided American Special Forces to the hospital in which Jessica Lynch was being held by the Iraqis, and where, without Mohammed's intervention, it is quite probable that she would have died, alone and terrified. We all owe Mohammed our profoundest gratitude. Not merely for saving the life of one of our soldiers and one of our daughters, but for demonstrating the immense difference that the heroic decency of one single...
  • Confronting the Myth

    04/14/2003 10:07:37 PM PDT · by pantseatflyer · 6 replies · 124+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 4/14/2003 | Lee Harris
    A smart editorial awaits you. Here's a clip: "The Bush administration has done all that it could humanly do in order to topple Saddam Hussein in the collective imagination of the Arab mind. It has defeated him, and-even more astonishingly-it has discredited him; and it will continue to discredit him during the following weeks and months as more and more evidence of his brutality and cupidity are broadcast to the world. But the question must be squarely faced, Will this be enough?"
  • Bush's Blunder--The real shock and awe.

    04/15/2003 8:02:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies · 223+ views
    techcentralstation ^ | 04/15/2003 | Lee Harris
    When I first heard that we were announcing our attack on Iraq as a war of liberation, I was horrified. I thought that it was possible that we could be greeted by segments of the Iraq people as liberators; but I was firmly persuaded that the attack on Iraq was justified for a whole host of other reasons, many of which I have spelled out in my articles for TCS. Hence, I reasoned, why take the risk of claiming to be liberators if we were not absolutely one hundred percent sure that we would be seen as liberators. And how...
  • "Bring Back Saddam!"

    07/19/2003 12:05:20 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 76+ views
    TechCentralStation.com ^ | July 17, 2003 | By Lee Harris
    The Democrats are smelling blood. They believe they have finally found a way to bring George Bush down in the next election. Time magazine has already announced the campaign theme -- Untruth and Consequences: How Flawed was the case for going to war against Saddam? Very flawed, it would appear -- so flawed that the only possible explanation is that Bush deliberately deceived the American people. He misled them into thinking that the removal of Saddam Hussein would be a good thing, when in fact there was absolutely no reason Saddam should not have been permitted to stay in...
  • How We Called North Korea's Bluff

    07/21/2003 12:07:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 484+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 7/21/03 | Lee Harris
    Toward the end of Stanley Kubrick's Cold War classic, Dr. Strangelove, the Soviet ambassador announces that his country has just succeeded in creating a Doomsday's device. It works like this: The moment a nuclear attack takes place on Russian soil, an enormous thermonuclear bomb will be detonated, the radiation from which -- thanks to its encasement in cobalt -- will engulf the whole world, causing the death of all living creatures on the planet, except for the select few safely tucked away deep in mine shafts and subterranean caverns -- government officials, of course. Unfortunately, a psychotic Air Force general...
  • Confronting Terrorist Gangs and Their Apologists-Daniel Pipes and struggle for cultural dominance

    08/23/2003 7:35:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies · 3,775+ views
    TCS ^ | 08/22/2003 | Lee Harris
    For many weeks now, I have pondered the significance of the controversy over President Bush's nomination of Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace, but I have been puzzled over what I could write about it that had not already been said by men much more eloquent than I, including Charles Krauthammer, David Frum, and the editors of The New Republic. What, in view of Dr. Pipes's many more able defenders, could I possibly have to add that might be of interest or value to anyone else? Then, while I was turning this question over in my mind, I...
  • Returning to the Central Question (RE WMD)

    09/09/2003 5:25:17 AM PDT · by Peach · 28 replies · 178+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | September 9, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Returning to the Central Question By Lee Harris Published 09/09/2003 "Did Saddam Hussein have weapons of mass destruction?" This question currently acts as a litmus test to distinguish between those who support the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq and those who condemn it. President Bush's supporters argue that the current lack of evidence of WMD's is no proof that such weapons will not be found in the near future -- and, of course, they may be right. But, virtually without exception, all those who argue that such weapons are still to be found devoutly wish that such weapons would be...
  • Profiles and Courage

    10/01/2003 7:51:19 AM PDT · by aculeus · 1 replies · 97+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/01/2003 | Lee Harris
    It is time for us to re-examine the concept of what is misleadingly called "racial profiling" as a technique for preventing reoccurrences of the kind of catastrophic terror unleashed on our shores by the 9/11 hijackers -- and to make this re-examination not in the interest of promoting narrow-minded xenophobic paleo-conservatism, but in order to preserve the inclusive values of traditional American liberalism. It is ideology-induced folly to think that the response of ordinary Americans to another 9/11 would be the desire for even greater tolerance toward Muslims both in our country and in the world. This would not occur....
  • Al Qaeda’s Fantasy Ideology By Lee Harris

    08/01/2003 5:22:29 AM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies · 2,648+ views
    polict review ^ | 8 2002 | By Lee Harris
    http://www.policyreview.org/aug02/harris_print.html Printer Friendly Version (Original Version) Al Qaeda’s Fantasy Ideology By Lee Harris Know your enemy” is a well-known maxim, but one that is difficult to observe in practice. Nor is the reason for this hard to fathom: If you are my enemy, it is unlikely that I will go very much out of my way to learn to see things from your point of view. And if this is true even in those cases where the conflict is between groups that share a common culture, how much more true will it be when there is a profound cultural and...
  • Our World-Historical Gamble

    03/11/2003 8:31:41 PM PST · by beckett · 118 replies · 3,522+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 11, 2003 | Lee Harris
    1: THE PROBLEM Of the many words written for and against the coming war with Iraq, none has been more perceptive than Paul Johnson's observation in his essay "Leviathan to the Rescue" that such a war "has no precedent in history" and that "in terms of presidential power and national sovereignty, Mr. Bush is walking into unknown territory. By comparison, the Gulf War of the 1990's was a straightforward, conventional case of unprovoked aggression, like Germany's invasion of Belgium in 1914 and Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor." The implications of this remark - like the implications of the war with...
  • Our World-Historical Gamble

    03/16/2003 9:37:47 PM PST · by Risa · 10 replies · 544+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 03/11/2003 | By Lee Harris
    Our World-Historical Gamble By Lee Harris 03/11/2003 Editor's note: The following is longer that the traditional TCS essay, but its timeliness and importance prompted us to break with tradition and publish such a lengthy feature this week. We encourage you to print the entire essay and read it at your convenience, or bookmark the article and return to it several times. We are confident the piece will challenge you and may change how you think about the coming conflict. Of the many words written for and against the coming war with Iraq, none has been more perceptive than Paul Johnson's...
  • The Clausewitz Curse

    07/31/2003 3:08:50 PM PDT · by beckett · 12 replies · 724+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 31, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Author's Note: In June of last year, when I was writing my essay "Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology," the question on everyone's mind was, 'Was the U.S. prepared to handle another Al Qaeda strike?' Needless to say, this question was on my mind, too. But, in the course of working through my essay, I found myself asking a startling question. What if Al Qaeda did not strike us again -- or at least, if it failed to strike for a year, a year and a half, or two years, or even more? How would the U.S. handle this? At first glance...
  • Lee Harris: The Incoherent Dean Doctrine [what is “real certainty” that justifies preemptive war?]

    12/12/2003 9:41:47 AM PST · by Tolik · 6 replies · 116+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | Bush Doctrine of preemption | Lee Harris
    Howard Dean is generally regarded as an intelligent man; after all, he is a doctor. Which leaves me at a loss to explain his recent attack on the Bush Doctrine of preemption. How could such a clever man say things that could confuse me so much? For example, during a recent interview with the editors of The Boston Globe, the Vermont governor and front-running Democratic contender for the Presidency argues that while there is nothing wrong with the United States having a doctrine of preemption, it is terribly wrong to announce it boldly to the world. Indeed, Dean goes so far...