Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sunday digest

- A word on the wrong-headedness of "peace" movements from Thomas Sowell as thousands marched against Israel in Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere yesterday. No word if anyone suggested that the hostilities would never have broken out had Hezbollah and Hamas not kidnapped Israeli soldiers. And as far as civilian casualties go, as a friend of mine pointed out, if Israel REALLY wanted to target innocents, the number of Lebanese deaths would be ten times as high as it is now.

- As the old saying goes, "Except for ending slavery, fascism, Nazism and communism, war has never solved anything", so here's to it. Two reminders of what this conflict is all about here, and here. Mark Steyn is at his acerbic best, here.

- A few thoughtful articles on whether the US made a mistake in the Middle East by going after Iraq rather than Iran, here, here and here.

- And during these troubled times, I'd like to offer the lyrics to George Strait's "If The Whole World Was A Honky Tonk". Seems only fitting.


At 6:49 PM, Anonymous georgetowntony said...

As Pat B writes "With its devastation of Lebanon, its blockade of the West Bank and Gaza, and its determination to destroy the Palestinian Authority, Israel is creating failed states on three borders. How this serves Israel's or America's interests is difficult to see."

Something to think about.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I dare you to quote "Pat B" in one of your classes.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I also don't think that the West Bank and Gaza qualified as functioning "states" prior to this. Even Lebanon's status is arguable given that they were occupied by Syria until recently.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Cubá libre said...

Hey Hammer, that was me above. Buchanan is a class-act, conservative intellectual. I trust his assessments on almost all issues, whether you agree with him or not is another matter but the man knows his stuff. Have you seen on some neocons have tried to smear him lately, frontpage.mag ran an awful piece on him.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

How can a conservative be anti-Israel and anti-free trade like Pat?

Paleocon, neocon or plain ol' egomaniac, I still dare you to quote him in one of your classes.

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