The dark humor of Batchelor’s high and wild prose poetry on
Syria, below, gets one feeling like a doomed revolutionary, and the
fun of revolutions is to be had in “letting the chips fall where
they may.” Overturning the status quo, as an analytical imperative,
can be eclipsed by a second-order emotional imperative upon
realizing that whether or not one wins or loses is still entirely
up for grabs. What one was willing to do to start a revolution
often falls short of what one is willing to do to win it — kicking
over the status quo creates policy options by creating chaos, and a
certain improvisory spirit is demanded.
So after championing Palestininan democracy, America turns to USAID to funnel $2 million into Fatah, hoping, suddenly rather desperately, to fend off a big victory for Hamas at the polls. “U.S. and Palestinian officials,” the Washington Post reports, “say they fear the election, scheduled for Wednesday, will result in a large Hamas presence in the 132-seat legislature.”
The reasons for that popularity are evident. The Post says Hamas “is at war with Israel and is classified by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization. But its reputation for competence and accountability in providing social services has made it a stiff rival of the secular Fatah movement, which runs the Palestinian Authority and has long been the largest party in the Palestinian territories.” An “And” should have been used in place of that “But.” Hamas is popular because it is at war with Israel, and because its children are martyrs. Those more preoccupied with building a civil society than ripping one apart do not so stir the blood.
Read the full article at Postmodern Conservative.
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?