February 5, 2004

Hard questions...

A snippet from Orrin Judd:

...Very amusing moment today on Fresh Air--Terry Gross was interviewing Egyptian publisher and human rights activist Hisham Kassem. She noted that he had supported the Iraq War before it started, in the belief that it would bring reform not just to Iraq but the whole region, and she wondered if he'd reconsidered. He answered that he hadn't, that the war had in fact brought democracy to Iraq and was having a liberalizing effect throughout the Middle East. She asked for examples, which he proceeded to cite, saying there were really too many to go through in their entirety. Then, not knowing when she'd dug her grave deep enough, she asked if the Kay report had called the war into question. He answered that he didn't care about WMD nor think it was the primary cause of or justification for the war, that getting rid of the regime was sufficient unto itself. Her disappointment at the improved prospects for freedom in the Arab world was palpable. How have liberals worked themselves into such a perverse position?...
How indeed? Fascinating question.

I'm reminded of one of Emma Lathem's delightful mysteries, which are set in the world of business and banking. In Murder Without Icing, a cellar-dwelling hockey team suddenly starts winning games, and heading for the championships. Then the star player is murdered!

It turns out in the end that the owner of the team is the murderer. Why? Because his business empire is held together by the appearance of solvency, and by promises to his many creditors (many more than anyone realizes) that they will be paid soon. He knows that as soon as it gets into the news that he owns this now-valuable team, each of those creditors will be asking for payment. And when they don't get it, they will no longer be satisfied with promises...

That's where the Dems, and the Left, are now. If the world starts asking hard questions, they will be revealed to be bankrupt. They can't even express pleasure that a genocidal fascist dictator has been overthrown, or that children in Afghanistan can fly kites again...

Posted by John Weidner at February 5, 2004 10:19 AM
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