Archive for April, 2006

Jean-Francois Revel, 1924-2006

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Via Michelle Malkin, French philosopher Jean Francois Revel has died at the age of 82. Revel was perhaps the most pro-America author in France, and his 2002 Anti-Americanism is one of the greatest works ever on European anti-Americanism, as well as a defense of America. He will certainly be missed. One of my early blog postings was on this book.

What to Do About Darfur

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

I’m really not sure what should be done about the situation in Sudan. Genocide has been happening there for years, killing an estimated 200,000-400,000 people, but no one with any authority really seems to care. Today, a demonstration was held in Washington to urge the Bush Administration to take stronger measures to alleviate the murder in the country.

But the question is, what can be done? Negotiations with the Sudanese regime will likely go nowhere. Economic pressures and sanctions are useless.

The only way to stop the killing is through military action. Ideally, the UN would intervene, since genocide is automatically supposed to trigger action according to the UN Charter. But the UN, or at least most of the wealthy member nations, don’t care about the deaths in Sudan. The UN was forced to cut food aid to the region due to lack of donations from member states, particularly in Europe, where Italy was the only major European country to contribute.

So with no help from the UN and little concern from Europe, who are we left with? The United States, of course. We have shown some interest in the situation, donating $188 million to feed the starving residents of Sudan. Yet this doesn’t stop mass murder; only military action can accomplish this. Given that so many of our troops are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention rising tensions with Iran), and the potential for a bloody occupation after the initial invasion, is military action wise? I don’t know.

Obviously, Bush needs to make a stronger case against the genocide in Sudan, and try harder to convince the UN and Europe to work towards ending it. Ultimately though, military action may be the only solution. Are we prepared to invade? This is a question I don’t have an answer for, although given Sudan’s clear terror ties, it would not be completely outside of our interests to do so.

UPDATE: Touche, Touche:


Via Passport

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Elsewhere: Darfur Daily News, Dean’s World, Phil Gallagher, and Erin Czarra

How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Where Ya Gonna Fit All Those Stars?

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

This has got to be the most unique solution I’ve heard for the immigration debate: annex Mexico!

The Mountains are Turning Green

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I’m watching the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, and it is freakin’ hilarious. Steve Bridges’ Bush impersonations are amazing. It’s good to see Bush’s lighter side as well, I think it will help his popularity.

Sensible Immigration Policy

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Mark Noonan:

Rasmussen goes on to note that his polling actually shows Americans in favor of a generous immigration policy coupled with a desire for enforcement of the laws and the security of the border…in other words, the American people (though they don’t know it) are precisely where President Bush is on the issue. Once again, it is GW who has figured out what is the right thing to do…but we’ve also got a lot of really bad politics preventing something as rational as Bush’s plan (increased security plus guest-workers) from happening.

A combination of cowardice and demagoguery on both sides of the political aisle is preventing rationality…Democrats want to harm the GOP over border security, but they also want to pander to hispanics; GOPers want to increase border security, but are afraid that this will alienate hispancs…caught in the crossfire and suffering the most are those Americans who have to pay for the illegal immigrants, and the illegal immigrants who are legally neither fish nor fowl and thus can’t be properly integrated into Americans society, nor booted out if that is what everyone really wants.

Clouds and Hills

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Atlas Shrugged Coming to Big Screen?

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I’ve always wondered why Hollywood hasn’t tried to cash in on Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged. I figured it might have had something to do with politics. But now, it looks like the movie may happen:

Ayn Rand’s most ambitious novel may finally be brought to the bigscreen after years of false starts.

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide distribution rights to “Atlas Shrugged” from Howard and Karen Baldwin (”Ray”), who will produce with John Aglialoro.

As for stars, book provides an ideal role for an actress in lead character Dagny Taggart, so it’s not a stretch to assume Rand enthusiast Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie’s name has been brought up. Brad Pitt, also a fan, is rumored to be among the names suggested for lead male character John Galt.

Should be interesting.

Amnesty is a Four Letter Word

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Here’s a fun game for all you drinkers out there. Go to Michelle Malkin’s blog and begin reading. Each time the word “amnesty” appears, take a shot. Be forewarned; you’ll probably fall out of your chair before you’re even halfway down the page!