07-04-05

Quotomatic day

"a little lower than the angels"

Der Spiegel this week published a selection from the creepy suck-up letters Gerhard Schröder wrote to the East German totalitarian leaders when he was a West German pol on the make in the 1980s. As he wrote to Honecker's deputy, Egon Krenz: "I will certainly need the endurance you have wished me in this busy election year. But you will certainly also need great strength and good health for your People's Chamber election." The only difference being that, on one side of the border, the election result was not in doubt.

When a free man enjoying the blessings of a free society promotes an equivalence between real democracy and a sham, he's colluding in the great lie being perpetrated by the prison state. Too many Western politicians of a generation ago - Schmidt, Trudeau, Mitterrand - failed to see what John Paul saw so clearly. It requires tremendous will to cling to the splendour of truth when the default mode of the era is to blur and evade. - Mark Steyn

"carnival of motely fools"

The decline of the hard Left is described by their migration of habitat. The last Western Marxist organizations with a true underground and armed presence were the terror groups of 1980s. Now their preferred millieu is politics, media and the arts. While there are still Marxist guerilla groups in the Third World they are rapidly becoming criminal gangs and drug cartels. For greying Leftists, writing newspaper articles or producing 'progressive' media products may be satisfying enough, but the youthful Leftist will want stronger waters. Sooner or later, the youthful Leftist will come to the realization that true physical militancy can be found only in radical Islam. Moreover, many people in their teens and twenties need absolute truth to sustain them psychologically. And again it is Islam, not increasingly degenerate Marxism, that fills this need. He can never aspire to be a John Cornford; he will have to make do with becoming a Rachel Corrie. - Wretchard

"onverwijld op strooptocht"

Ter hoogte van de Bosporus is er opnieuw ruzie. Erik de Rode en Harald Blauwtand vinden dat ook de kust van de Zwarte Zee afgevaren moet worden, en opnieuw protesteren de geitenkweker en de wever. Tevergeefs, en uit protest hangen nu al dertien strijders uit hun clan de roeispanen af en toe in de lucht, nu onder luid hoongelach van de schurftlijders. Bovendien wordt er aangemeerd in een veilige haven aan de Noordkust van Turkije, om er twee weken uit te rusten van het zware werk en te genieten van de overheerlijke vijgen na Pasen. - Hoegin

Danneels! Danneels! Danneels!

Overigens wordt wie vaak genoemd wordt, haast nooit paus. Laten we daarom zwijgen, maar wel duimen.' - Tommy Scholtes

"renew your faith"

It's an awesome Catholic moment. If you are not Catholic now, you just may want to be one by the end of the week. - Patrick Sweeney

"Yves van voor! De Croo vanachter!"

Wat me veel minder aanstaat is dat onze eigen CHRISTEN-democratische minister-president Yves Leterme noodgedwongen genoegen moet nemen met een plekje achteraan de basiliek, bij de semi-officiële delegatie. Voor de lieve vrede (en om de splitsing van BHV niet te hypothekeren) kan ik nog toestaan dat Reynders plaatsneemt naast Verhofstadt. Maar op de vijfde plaats hoort Leterme. En niet het brabbelend boerke uit Brakel. - Jeroen

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