Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quick Links

No Surrender

"In Iraq, America was surrounded by enemies who were sure from the start that the great foreign power was destined to fail. They could not be given the satisfaction of a hasty American retreat. The stakes had grown: We were under the gaze of populations with a keen eye for the weakness of strangers. It was apt and proper that the leader who launched this war did not give up on it."

The Myth of the "Peace-Loving Muslims"

"At this particular time, fanatical jihadists are calling the terrorism shots in many Muslim countries. Their success in committing terrorist acts is in no small part the result of the actions by the millions of peace-loving fellow Muslims. First, there is not enough condemnation of their terrorist acts by the Muslim community. More important is the direct or indirect assistance terrorists receive through the silence of their fellow Muslims. There is no way terrorists can carry on their operations, obtain explosive materials, run terrorist training camps, raise money without the knowledge of other Muslims, whether they're government officials, bankers, family members, friends or neighbors..."

Too many muslims are okay with terrorists carrying out attacks against non-muslims, even quietly approve as long as they are not affected.

In part this is our own fault. We have declared 'war' on terrorists repeatedly before Bush entered office, and then failed to follow up on our threats. Those who supported us were left hanging, exposed to violence and threats without our aid. Bush changed that paradigm, and we need to have the courage to continue.

Mexican Oil Standoff

Mexico has likely shut the door on new oil development just as its biggest fields approach depletion. Pay heed: That's our third-biggest supplier. Now we'll have to find and develop new oil — or else.