:: Monday, August 09, 2004 ::
Monday Morning Quarterback
Danielle Pletka of the New York Times (of all places) acknowledges Bush's strategy of Preemtive Democracy* may be working (registration). Well, the meme Democracy is impossible to crush and, as Mr Pletka's article suggests, some Arab's actually appreciate Bush's radical action:
...democracy is now at the center of debate in Arab capitals. And while some in the United States continue to insist that Arab democracy is the fantasy of a discredited cabal in Washington, an effort to avoid what they assert should be America's only priority -- resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Arab intellectuals don't necessarily agree. The director of Egypt's Al Ahram center for Political and Strategic Studies, Abdel Monem Said, took the issue on himself. "Making reform and human rights contingent upon resolving the Palestinian problem," he said, "confirms what the American neo-cons are saying, that the political regimes harming human rights are using the Palestinian problem in order to divert glances from their own behavior."
As the article points out, Mr. Kerry would in all likelyhood revert to the failed policies of the past--the old Chirac and the UN metrosexual play--placing the hoary Palestinian conflict on the front burner of Middle East politics. If he wins, look for Kerry to dust-off ole Jimmeh Cotta as chief Palestine/Isreal peace negotiator with more Arafat glad-handing at Camp David.
Speaking of Jews, Edward Alexander of The Seattle Times comments on the Democrat's little problem of Anti-Semitism. Reflecting on the their 'tolerance' of guys like Rev. Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney, Ernest Hollings and Jesse Jackson, Mr. Alexander is at a loss to explain why so many Jewish people continue to vote Democrat;"...a majority of Jews would vote Democratic even if Yasser Arafat and Osama bin Laden were at the top of the ticket". It's a classic outing of Democrat hypocracy.
*Did I just coin a phrase?
:: Max 10:29 AM [+] ::