The Third Rail

Thursday, June 13, 2002

There is nothing to see here.

Blade of the Immortal. Without a doubt Hiroka Samura's masterpeice is my favorite comic this year. Maybe if Warren Ellis' brilliant Planetary came out more often there'd be a runoff, but not this year. I just finished issue # 69. The recent Beasts storyline is superb, and putting our heroes through hell. For everyone who thinks Empire Strikes Back is "dark," it's nothing compared to this. Pick up the series from the TPB (although I'd skip the first one). Get to your comic store now.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Lastly, recent victories.


Next week: happy news for a change.

I'm a hawk. The threat is real, and if we show weakness they will destroy us. War is not peace. It has its own metrics. If our leaders equivocate, the people lose faith. If they compromise, we become demoralized. There are many Muslims in the world that desperately want to be free. If we show the way, there is a strong chance they will rally to us. If we vacillate, they will swing the other way. This is just the natural reaction of people. As my dad told me: people back the winner. We need clarity and resolution from our leaders. I never thought I'd actually recommend the National Review, but this guy is right.

I was once pro-Palestinian. As a kid I knew a lot about history, and kept up with the news. However, when I first learned about the Intifada in 1987 I was shocked. I never realized that Israel occupied land and ruled non-Israelis. As the good patriot devoted to government for the people, I was naturally sympathetic to the Palestinian cause for self rule. I still am. In many respects those first news programs on the Intifada sparked my political awakening as an adult. Over the years, I have criticized Israel many times, although I always keenly remembered that Israel was the only democracy in the Middle East, and that the Palestinians were better off than most Arabs living under tyranny by dictators of their own people.

However, in recent months I have become staunchly pro-Israel, and I am sickened at the lies and deceit Palestinian supporters use. It is important to point out the vicious lies of these people, and I ask my friends to remember the following whenever somebody spots off that it is only the Israeli occupation of the West Bank which is the cause of the trouble.

Just last Tuesday, students at San Francisco State University holding a pro-Israel rally were surrounded by pro-Palestine protesters screaming, "Go back to Russia" and "Hitler did not finish the job." This post thanks to Damian Penny.

The State of Israel does not exist. Its name appears on no map, terms such as "green line", "the interior of the country" or the "1948 land" are used repeatedly. Cities founded by Israel, such as Tel-Aviv, are never mentioned. The name of the State of Palestine and the emblem of Arafat's Palestinian Authority are everywhere, such as on the book covers. This state would seem to stretch from Jordan to the Mediterranean. This from Charles Johnson.

Poll: Majority Palestinians See Israel's Elimination as Goal Different article, same blogger.

This is a life and death struggle for Israel. Yes, the Palestinians are angry as long as the Isaraelis occupy the West Bank, but the Israelis only occupied the West Bank because the Arabs kept on trying to destroy them! It is Arab hate, not the occupation which is the cause of war in the Middle East. Yes, many Palestinians became refugees after 1948, but it was the Arabs that refused to make peace with Israel in 1948 and 1956 when the Israelis were still willing to take them back. Arafat founded the PLO BEFORE Israel occupied the West Bank (and occupied it only because the Jordanians, Egyptians, and Syrians were about to invade).

History does not support the Palestinian claims. They deserve justice. But so does Israel.

Great article by Iain Murray. I don't direct much traffic to fellow bloggers, and I probably should.

Cuba for free trade! Hmm, I wonder when Castro will allow free trade in Cuba.

"The Entire Earth Must Be Subjected to Islam" This is from Al Qaeda. In recent days we can take solace in a series of small victories, but we can never afford to neglect the terrible threat these people are. It is easy at times to criticize the United States and are all faults. I do it as well. But we must never fail to cherish the great good our nation has done, and the importance of America to the world. It wasn't any European politician who inspired Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel to rally against Soviet tyranny, and they drew solace from our principled stands and rank candor, not when we listened to the forces of appeasement and detente.

The United States is under more scrutiny than most because of our power, but we hold a vast responsibility and we should not let those criticisms impair what we must do. Rome had many faults, but after its fall came a thousand years of poverty, neglect, and oppression. The British Empire likewise had failings, but when it weakened it emboldened Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. If the United States likewise fails to be strong and destroy these new barbarians the world will enter a new dark age. This is not idle speculation, but the consequences of historical reality. Our enemies mean to destroy all we have worked for:

America is the head of heresy in our modern world, and it leads an infidel democratic regime that is based upon separation of religion and state and on ruling the people by the people... We have the right to kill 4 million Americans - 2 million of them children - and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands.