Sunday, April 02, 2006

Let's Roll has become Let's Roll Over

I always enjoy reading Mark Steyn. He has a way of really cutting through all the BS that we hear from media and the government. His latest piece in the Chicago Sun-Times once again reminds us that our officials in both Washington and London seemed determined to dish out the "Islam is a religion of peace" bit. From Jack Straw, to Rice, Bush, and Blair,Islam is just a little Easter lamb that woundn't hurt a fly.

"At a basic level the foreign secretary's rhetoric does not match reality. Government leaders are essentially telling their citizens: Who ya gonna believe -- my platitudinous speechwriters or your lyin' eyes?

To win a war, you don't spin a war. Millions of ordinary citizens are not going to stick with a "long war" (as the administration now calls it) if they feel they're being dissembled to about its nature. One reason we regard Churchill as a great man is that his speeches about the nature of the enemy don't require unspinning or detriangulating.

If I had to propose a model for Western rhetoric, it would be the Australians. In the days after Sept. 11, the French got all the attention for that Le Monde headline -- "Nous sommes tous Americains" -- "We are all Americans," though they didn't mean it, even then. But John Howard, the Aussie prime minister, put it better and kept his word: "This is no time to be an 80 percent ally."

How can we fight a war if we can't even say who the enemy is? The Aussies can and so can Steyn.

4 Comments:

At 3:19 PM, Blogger DV said...

Steyn's a gem! Though he has been banished from the UK press in recent weeks...

 
At 7:34 PM, Blogger Chas said...

And that's a loss for the UK, jeremiah!

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Parsifal said...

"Look, disaster is spreading from nation to nation, a mighty tempest is rising from the far ends of the earth."
This could well mean that its the USA that's spreading all the disaster, Iraq, Afghanistan etc and you are satan's little helper not the Lord's at all.
I might be wrong, but then again I might be right.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Parsifal, You are right if you think the Islamonazis are the good guys here! I think that I'll stick to my interpitation.

 

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