Saturday, May 22, 2004

No more moral equivilents

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

Gary Kasparov (yes, THE Gary Kasparov of chess fame) has some very interesting things to say on the attempts to draft some sort of "moral equivilency" framework for the War on Terror (a phrase he dislikes, by the way).

He's makes some interesting points. Some I've made in the blog, some just talking to people:

  • That the enemy is distributed widely, but can be found and identifed with ease.

  • Most of the media is on the side of the enemy. (Now there's a surprise!)

  • This war is not about religion. It's about an entrenched hatred for the West. The enemy can not, I repeat CAN NOT, be negotiated with.

The last two paragraphs need to be quoted in their entirety:

Every era dictates its own political divisions. In 19th century Great Britain, the political fight centered on the Corn Laws, reform bills and home rule for Ireland. Many of the old splits have vanished in Europe but this new divide is both wider and more vital. Jacques Chirac on the right is against intervention while Labour's Tony Blair is for it. The consequences of José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero caving in after the Madrid attack have yet to be felt, but I have no doubt that we will be facing more attacks in Europe based on the terrorists' reading of the weakness of European leaders.

In this fight the enemy does not play by our rules, or by any rules at all. WMD will be in terrorist hands eventually; conventional wisdom recognizes this reality. Concessions and negotiations at best only delay catastrophe. Europe and its people are in this war whether they acknowledge it or not. Those who would appease terrorists must realize that by pretending that this battle does not exist, they will soon have blood on their hands--both real and metaphorical.

Right now, despite everything the media/liberal politicians are whining about "torture of prisoners" and "quagmire", we are winning. There have been no terrorist attacks on US soil since 9-11. I believe this is due to the fact that, despite some of our obvious lunacy in some areas of security (the TSA is a shining example), we've shown that we are now a much tougher nut to crack. Perhaps more importantly, we have demonstrated that we will hit them back, and do it in a big way. As Toby Keith says, "We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way..."

Europe, with the execption of Great Britain, has shown otherwise, especially in Spain, though Italy is now starting to make the same noises. How long will it be until our anti-Western enemy decides to strike where we are weak--in Europe? When it happens, how bad will it be? And most importantly, will the Europeans finally get the joke?

Friday, May 21, 2004

Pizza delivery driver fired

(Via Kim du Toit and Usenet News)

Huh, What's this guy thinking--this isn't worth blogging. Ah, but it is my friends, it is. You see, our intrepid pizza delivery dude was packing, and used his gun to successfully defend himself.

That's the good news. The bad news is that his employer, Pizza Hut, has fired him for carrying his firearm while working. You have to love this. They hire this guy, send him into dangerous situations in bad neighborhoods, and then deny him the ability to defend himself. At least Mr. Honeycutt has his head screwed on straight:

I like delivering pizzas. It's a fair job, but I don't plan on dying for it.

Exactly! Read the article--the guy has been out of work for over a year. Rather than depend of the government to come to his rescue, he goes out and gets himself an honest job to help him get by. His employer, however, doesn't give a happy doo-dah about him--he's just another delivery guy. He doesn't need to defend himself. I guess the company line is just give the robber the pizza and the cash and hope for the best.

But he does, and he did. Now he may be in hot water, although the persecutors, er, prosecutors have not reached a decision.

I'll try to keep tabs on this and report back if I find anything.

And if you'd like to make you opinions known to Pizza Hut, feel free.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

An interesting take on prisioner abuse

John Ross, noted author and out of the box thinker, has this take on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. Highly interesting reading.

So there are no WMDs in Iraq

So, my loopy liberal friends, just how do you explain this? Is this a poor attempt at an "October Surprise"? You don't think that Rumsfeld was saving this to take the heat off the inevitable discovery of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, which was sanctioned not only by him, but by the President, Lee Harvey Oswald and Bigfoot? (If it was, it's failed miserably, since the media is really playing this one down.)

You people are pathetic.

A lot to go over

and precious little time to blog.

First, a Wired magazine article on Thomas Gold. Thomas Gold is a world-class contrarian who believes that we are floating on an ocean of oil. Interesting reading when regular gas is $1.90/gallon.

Here's one, brought to my attention on a Usenet newsgroup. It would seem that the Governator of California wants to help the state to the jury awards of plaintiffs. I'm all in favor of some tort reform in this country, but methinks that the steroids went to his brain.

And my favorite from the past few days. The Brits still know how to take it to the enemy. Hoo-rah! (This story via Jerry Pournelle.)