Note: Few people seem interested in either installment of my essay on National Economic Systems…. I wonder if it’s because it’s boring or superfluous, or because of some other reason I have not thought of. I take feedback. Thank you.
Another Bush victory goes unheralded by the vapid, lazy media. The results of Afghanistan’s elections are coming in. Yes, there were many irregularities. That country is more like Illinois than like say, Switzerland. Afghans voted under threats of death by the Taliban. That included women forced to live under moving tents. On the average, they are braver than we are.
The two top candidates appear to be neck-in-neck. That’s unheard of in that part of the world, where “Presidents” win with 90%+ of the votes, normally. The Bush policies are bearing fruit in pretty much the way the neo-conservatives planned.
Silly liberals kept saying that you “can’t impose democracy.” Of course, you can: the Southern Confederacy, Italy, Germany, Japan, several others, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. Facts matter!
Le Figaro of 08/26/09, a moderate and centrist French newspaper reports the following, in a persuasive manner:
A cemetery employee outside Tehran tells of the burial of 40 deep-frozen bodies of young people. That would have been about one month after the June election and the demonstrations that followed.
Several young men and, possibly young women, arrested after the anti-regime demonstrations in Tehran, say they were raped by prison guards.
Virtuous Islamic Republic!
What makes the report of rapes especially convincing is that it includes the story of a serious investigation by higher (Islamic) authorities requesting clinical details about the degree of penetration involved and the outcome of the rape in terms of alleged the rapists’ satisfaction.
Dear President Obama: The regime responsible for this sort of actions is not our moral equal. There is no reason to treat it with any respect.
The Iranian thugs raped people to punish, to intimidate and to satisfy their own repressed sexuality. (The same rapists would kill you if you suggested they were homosexual. That’s what my Iranian source says.)
Several years ago, American public servants threatened with several kinds of atrocities terrorists they thought had information that could save many lives. None was carried out. The threats of having their knees drilled, or their old mother, or their children murdered was only effective because the terrorists come from barbaric societies. They were raised in countries where this kind of action is common. They believed the threats because they would carry them out without hesitation.
The same threats would have been ineffectual against an American, or even against someone well informed about American society. So, there is the gap, Mr President. Rein in your attack dog, the Attorney General.
I, for one, would like to see prosecuted any CIA supervisor who did not order such threats when American lives are at stake, as they were after 9/11. The after-9/11 extends to today. Incidentally, Mr president, 9/11 was not a hurricane, or an earthquake. It was a man-made massacre, very well-planned, faultlessly executed by rather talented people who hated us. Do you think hey have stopped hating us?
I am not losing track of who we are dealing with. I have a little neighbor girl, about fifteen, who likes to parade her naked belly button. There are thousands of ass-holes in another part of the world, near Tehran, and in the general neighborhood, who would like to cut off her head for this
If you lack career volunteers for interrogations, Mr President, call me. I will handle th elesctric drill in a way that will make terrorists crap their pants in one minute. Won’t even touch them. No, no water-boarding; I think it’s wimpy.
It would be easy to gather a corps of mean old geezer interrogators. I am taking the idea from Clint Eastwood’s great movie, “Gran Torino,” of course. Other things equal, I would rather die in jail, with other tough old guys, than in an impoverished hospital under Obamacare.
Speaking of which, Senator Ted Kennedy died today. He was a compassionate man who never thought twice about taking money from a nineteen-year old waitress to give it to the old drunk who has been living downtown Santa Cruz for twenty years. The Senator was a pretty good swimmer but a bad diver, unfortunately.