Jim at The Eleven Day Empire reminds me in Who Are We? that for all Europe's whining about invasive American influences, like McDonald's, it's their own damned fault - Hey, it wasn't Americans who made David Hasselhoff a best-selling recording artist. The Germans did that all on their own.
I resolve not to blame myself if the French want fries in 2003.
He goes on to tell the world his idea of Peace on Earth - ...we don't wish for peace on Earth. Our wish is that our leaders contiune to work for, and fight for, a world where we can have peace, a world where our real foes - so-called "leaders" who oppress and steal from their own people, while at the same time blaming us for all their ills - are consigned to the dustbin of history...
I resolve to convince Saddam Hussein to play nice or not to play at all in 2003.
Our fearless leader, Bigwig, of Silflay Hraka, highlights the inconsistency of thought in the argument of certain Islamic extremists when doing battle with anti-Islamic propagandists in Something In The Water - Less than a week after condemning NC boy made good Doug Marlette for his political cartoon depicting Mohammad driving a bomb-laden truck, Cair has flexed its mighty political muscles and convinced the Guilford County Republican Party to remove a link to Islam Exposed. Apparently Shafiq Mohammad is a devoted follower of the moral principle of "Do as I say, not as I do."
I resolve to keep my anti-ANTI tendencies from clouding my view of hate mongerers in 2003. No matter which side they're on.
The Eleven Day Empire also asks us to think about the use of torture when questioning Al Qaeda prisoners in What Price Principles? - If we had good reason to believe that a 9/11-scale attack was imminent, and that a prisoner in our custody had information about that attack that, if we learned it, could be used to prevent the attack (or, let's make it more specific; if we had captured someone high up in al Qaeda in August of 2001, knowing that a major attack was in the works, which we had good reason to believe at the time), would it then be acceptable? Would it be acceptable to use torture to save 3,000 lives?
I resolve to use torture as a last resort in 2003... right after this post...
Dave at Clubbeaux tells us that we should be aiming our missiles at a country with real links to terror (and it ain't Iraq) in Sorry, but I don't get it - If it’s al-Qaeda and militant Islam you’re worried about, take out the House of Saud. Saudis fund terrorism to the tune of millions of dollars annually, Saudi Arabia’s an incubator for anti-American hatred, the vast majority of 9/11 perpetrators were Saudi, the Saudi government’s not doing jack to stop any terrorism, there’s your problem right there. Overthrow the rotted kleptocrat dictators in Saudi Arabia, remove the kingdom as the world’s primary source of terror funding and you’ve dealt al-Qaeda a vicious body blow.
I resolve to remember who the real enemies are in 2003.