Monday, August 14, 2006

World Update (in quotes)

The Reality of the Situation:

“Al-Qaeda has long believed that the United States is a paper tiger, lacking the will to persist in the face of Islamic terrorism.”

William Rees-Mogg

“There is not one ounce of doubt in my mind that Hezbollah will use this cease fire to re-strengthen and re-arm. Any belief that Hezbollah will actually disarm is absurd. The goal will remain the same; to destroy Israel and to continue to build the base in the Middle East for an Islamic government that will rule the world.

Yeah ---I know. The "rule the world" dream might sound ridiculous to us sitting here at our computer screens in the U.S., but these Islamic radicals see it as a destiny. Bit by bit they're making headway. When they do end up getting pounded, as arguably they are in Lebanon, they will agree to a cease fire, but only as a temporary maneuver to permit them to regain their strength and build for the next battles.”

Neal Boortz


The Gravity of the Situation:

“But these political conflicts seem pale and puny in comparison with the broader civilizational conflict that engages us—a reality we cannot claim we do not see. Our enemies set out their goal with neon clarity. To kill, as intended in the London plot, as many as their technology allows. To seek technologies that will make radical Islam a global power, allowing new killing on an unimagined scale. The response of many Americans to all of this is ... up in the air. And, unfortunately, the demands of history may just be beginning, requiring more engagement, more sacrifice, more promotion of democracy, more foreign assistance to raise failed states where dangers gather. Setting out this case will fall to presidents of both parties, in calm and crisis—and making it will always be difficult in a weary hour. But necessity, in the end, makes a stronger argument than the finest rhetoric. And from London to Lebanon, history is proving that peace is not a natural state; it is achieved by a struggle of uncertain duration. In that struggle, the cynical, the world-weary, the risk-averse will not inherit the earth.”

Michael Gerson


The Method to Emerge Victorious:

“…the understanding of American exceptionalism that would lead to a better understanding of how American democracy works best: the people are the rulers, the politicians are our representatives, and while nobody is asking for the divulgence of classified information, the President must be honest and straightforward about the realities. If a nuclear Iran is unacceptable to the United States, and we will do whatever is necessary to prevent that from occurring, then the President must state clearly that is the case, and why a nuclear Islamist "great power" in the middle east is a danger worthy of Americans waging war to prevent it….

Americans are no less sturdy than Britons. History teaches that we can rise to and - yes - surmount - any threat. If you treat us like infants, then we will wail and pule like infants. If you treat us like Americans, however, we will act like Americans. Whenever it is needed, a new "Greatest Generation" will appear. Our history, in fact, is a history of "Greatest Generations," from that of the Founders and rebels who created the United States through the generations who fought the civil war, freed the slaves, tamed the west, and destroyed three generations of German, Fascist, and Communist tyrants in Europe, and a soul-less tyranny in Japan….

The public will grow tired of any enterprise when it appears that those who purport to represent it have utterly lost their way. This is the "leadership problem" in a nutshell. As I have repeatedly stated, leaders find a way to lead. Losers find excuses. Eventually the public tires of excuses.”

Bill Quick (responding to Gerson)


The Character Required in Order to Prevail:

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that be realised; no survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal. But I take up my task with buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, "come then, let us go forward together with our united strength."

Winston Churchill

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