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They undoubtedly see what is transpiring before the world’s eyes in Pakistan. Musharraf and the military thought that situation was under their control. Then they let the Western world, especially the US, persuade them to “open up” their iron fisted rule. They allowed Bhutto to return to roil the cauldron, and we see how that turned out. Now the Pakistani Taliban is blaming the government, when the Taliban are the ones that killed Bhutto, and the uneducated Islamic masses are buying into that side of the argument. Musharraf let the Americans and Europeans talk him into an election when the country was not ready for one. Now the new government in doing exactly what Obama says he wants to do in America. They are emasculating Musharraf and the military. They are negotiating appeasement treaties with the tribes that are fundamentalist Islamists, and form the core of the Pakistani Taliban, as fast as they can. Those treaties virtually give away the store, and yet they are being violated even before the ink is dried. Yet the new government goes full steam ahead to negotiate more of the same and pretend that everything is just wonderful. In the meantime the new Pakistani government tells us that they are not concerned with what that does to the Afghan situation. They say that is not their problem, it is our problem. Now the Afghan situation is going to Hell in a hand basket, Al Qaeda is regenerating, rearming, reequipping, retraining, and launching cross-border operations in conjunction with the Taliban into Afghanistan, and our NATO partners can only wring their hands and wail. I don’t think for a moment that this situation is going unnoticed by the Turkish military, or Turkish business community.
Then you have the situation with the Kurds that straddle the Turkish/Iraqi border. They certainly are not making life any easier for the Turks. It is similar to our border problems with Mexico, only times ten. Now I happen to be very favorably inclined toward the Kurds, at least the Iraqi Kurds. That does not, however, prevent me from seeing that the fundamentalist Islamic troublemakers in Turkey are using the Kurd agitation to their own advantage, pointing out to the negatively affected Turkish citizens that none of this would be happening under Islamic rule and Sharia law.p>Do we really think, for one moment that, if the scarf thing is allowed, that the Turkish Islamists are going to be satisfied, that they will just blend peacefully back into the woodwork, and stop stirring up the dissatisfied lower classes against the government? They will take that concession and step even harder on the accelerator of societal agitation. It will end up being simply one more nail in the coffin to bury individual democracy and modernity in Turkey, and return the Turks to the laws and ways of the Caliphate. As an American, I can readily say, “What harm can a scarf do?” Trying to see the situation from the Turkish context, I am not so ready to write off the concerns of the military, the business community, and the modernists in Turkey. br> — Ken Shreve /p> p> BLACK GOLD br> Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Teacher’s Pet: Big Oil : /p>
“[Gov. Doyle of Wisconsin] if he gets his way, will place a ‘surtax’ on Big Oil, which will promptly pass the cost on to Wisconsin consumers, thus ensuring that the huge investment by the Wisconsin teachers union goes — up.”
Umm…since when does taxing something result in its producers getting higher profits? In reality, Big “Education” will indeed profit from any such tax, because somehow the Wisconsin government will find a way to hand them the proceeds, but nonetheless Lord’s argument is seriously off the rails.p>Better to just see it as that Wisconsin’s government is less dumb, and more dishonest, than it seems.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online