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    An Iranian victory? I fear it is so.

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 6th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Some people are speculating as to why the government of Iran suddenly decided to release the British sailors and Marines it was holding. There are a number of reasons that have been bandied about, and the two leading contenders are that we made some sort of terrible threat, or that we caved in and bribed them. Maybe both.

    I think there’s another reason. The big game here is Iran’s program to produce weapon’s grade U-235, and what they need now is time. The big danger, as they see it, is that we’ll get nasty before they have a nuclear deterrent and start bombing.

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    Posted in International Affairs, Iran, War and Peace | 22 Comments »

    Whose human rights?

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 20th November 2006 (All posts by )

    Human Rights Watch

    says that
    Saddam’s trial was unfair. HRW wants his death sentence nullified.

    You know, I’d write about this, but if I did the result would be ten thousand
    4-letter words.

    Posted in International Affairs | Comments Off

    We wuz robbed!

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 11th November 2006 (All posts by )

    2000, Democrats: "We wuz robbed!"
    2002, Democrats: "We wuz robbed again!"
    2004, Democrats: "We wuz robbed yet again!"
    2006, Republicans: "Bummer. Oh, well, we’ll do better next time."

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    Posted in Politics | 7 Comments »

    A difference in kind

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 1st November 2006 (All posts by )

    That picture of the soldiers in Iraq was hilarious, but think about how
    it happened.

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    Posted in Tech | 10 Comments »

    Violating the social compact

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 25th October 2006 (All posts by )

    I support gay marriage. And I’m glad to see that a lot of states are
    considering, or have already passed, amendments to their state constitutions
    forbidding gay marriage. My position isn’t inconsistent, because there’s a
    deeper issue involved.

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    Posted in Political Philosophy | 29 Comments »

    The Unreality-based Community

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 8th October 2006 (All posts by )

    There’s a peculiar thing that’s begun to happen to the left in the last few
    years: when reality is, apparently, too difficult to bear; when things don’t go
    the way they wish things had gone, then they retreat into fantasy. And they’re
    doing it out in public.

    Lose the 2000 election? Well, create
    a TV show where the Democrats
    actually won in 2000. Wish Hillary would win, but fear that she won’t? Make
    another TV show about
    the first woman (a Democrat, naturally) to be President. Want the War on Terror
    to end? Just write
    the
    history of the future
    and and have a future President (a woman) end it. Hate
    George Bush, and wish he was gone? Then make

    a movie about his assassination
    .

    A few years ago left-wing bloggers embraced the term "reality-based
    community", apparently as a response to the the "faith-based community". But
    it’s increasingly looking like the left wing is actually hallucination-based.
    It’s a pathological manifestation of teleology: they seem to believe that if
    they just wish for something hard enough, it’ll happen.

    Or maybe it’s voodoo, only using TV and film instead of little dolls.

    Posted in Politics | 25 Comments »

    The Disunited States of America

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 11th September 2006 (All posts by )


    Dean Barnett writes movingly
    about his personal experience on 9/11/2001. And
    he concludes with this:

    IT HAS BECOME A TRITE LAMENT that 9/11 brought us together, and it’s a
    shame that since then we’ve come apart. But 9/11 brought us together because
    of two transitory emotions – sadness and rage. Once those emotions calmed
    down, once our open wounds turned into scars, it was inevitable that our
    differences would resurface.

    When the flags came out in the aftermath of 9/11, they didn’t signify a
    consensus on where we would go from there. They symbolized a consensus that we
    were all in pain, all anguished. When the time came to move on, disagreements
    inevitably (and not improperly) came regarding exactly how we should move on.

    Even though a thorough review of 9/11, including both its lead-up and
    aftermath, won’t provide an obvious path forward that everyone will agree on,
    there are some valuable lessons we can draw from that awful day. Looking back,
    we can clearly see the remorseless murderers that our enemies are – that
    knowledge is instructive. And we can also see that they are numerous. That,
    too, is important to take into account.

    But the most important lesson we can take from 9/11 is this: We must take
    every possible step to ensure never again.
    Never again
    will we allow ourselves to feel the way we did that
    day. Never again will we be so blind to storm clouds
    as they gather. Never again will we choose to believe
    comforting lies rather than disquieting truths.

    9/11 didn’t bring us together. It’s true that in the immediate
    aftermath of the event that we all felt sadness and rage. But not about the same
    things.

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    Posted in USA | 86 Comments »