Tigerhawk guest-posting at the Belmont Club:
We need Average Abdul to stop cooperating with al Qaeda and to start turning in the jihadis in the back of the mosque. Unfortunately, he won't turn in the jihadis because he is more afraid of them than the local regime and he will not bear any risk to defend the clown regime. The jihadis will kill him and his family for blowing the whistle, but the clown regime will neither punish him for keeping silent or induce him to fight the jihadis out of patriotism. Average Abdul, simply put, is unwilling to risk his life for the clown regime, which has not earned his devotion, even for money.
Average Abdul will, however, risk his life for an idea, just as al Qaeda's jihadis do. Once, that idea was pan-Arabism, or Communism. Today, both are discredited. "Moderate Islam," whatever that means in a dusty town in Syria, Jordan or Egypt, obviously does not have the fire to motivate Abdul to risk his life to fight the Islamists. The only idea with the juice to do the job is popular sovereignty. Democracy. This is the realist case for the Bush administration's "democratization strategy" (although it is not entirely clear how many people inside the Bush administration understand the realist case for their most important strategy).
The jihadis understand this, and fight against democracy in the Arab world with everything they've got, even if it costs them their Ba'athist allies.
In fighting against democracy in the Arab world, the jihadis polarize Arabs. While many decry this polarization as "instability," by its nature polarization creates more enemies of the jihad. Some of these new enemies of jihad will be disgusted with al Qaeda's mass casualty attacks, or they will be "national aspiration" Islamists who are threatened by the jihad's internationalist reach and ambition. Others will be inspired by their last, best chance at some form of representative government. Either way, enemies of the jihad pick up a weapon, walk a post and -- most importantly -- drop a dime on their enemy, even if they don't like Americans. Wherever a reasonably representative government emerges, Average Abdul will start to turn in the jihadis in the back of the mosque, now for his own reasons.
Over at pinko HQ, Guy Debisschop is still spreading the lie that
le projet de décret flamand ... prévoit toujours bien comme condition d’attribution d’un logement social la maîtrise de la langue néerlandaise
If petit Guy would actually take the trouble to read stuff in Dutch, he would know that
Wie dat diploma niet kan voorleggen, wordt bij de inschrijving uitgenodigd om Nederlands te leren en dient een gesprek en een covaar-test af te leggen in een Huis van het Nederlands. Afhankelijk van de resultaten hiervan dienen deze kandidaten zich te engageren een cursus Nederlandse taalles te volgen op maat. Dit impliceert datzowel een Chinees, een Deen of een Waal die zich aanmeldt voor een sociale huurwoning, naar een Huis van hetNederlands moet.
A bomb ripped through the home of an Afghan refugee in southwestern Pakistan, killing him and several members of his family - including two young children, police said today.
"One Of Us"
That the press sought to hound Robert Novak out of polite society for the Plame disclosure and then rewards Ms. Priest and Mr. Risen with Pulitzers proves the worst that any critic has ever said about media bias. - Opinion Journal
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"
Blijkbaar zijn zigeuners de onschuldige slachtoffers van racisme van blanke katholieke Polen, behalve wanneer zij een moord plegen in Brussel: dan worden zijzelf blanke katholieke Polen. Het gebruikelijke neo-racistische discours dus. - Jos Verhulst
Whoah. A lot of people with egg on their face now.
But hey no biggie: substitute "illegal immigrants" for "muslims" on the right, and on the left, substitute "racism", "discrimination" and "kansarmoede" with... uh, the fall of communism?