Thursday, September 30, 2004


The Only Issue That Matters

Joblessness, healthcare, gay rights, immigration reform, abortion et al are issues that effect some percentage of the population. Terrorism is an issue that effects 100% of the population. Consequently, the ability to deal effectively with terrorism is the only issue that matters in this election.



Test Tube Indonesia

The likliest place to study non-fundamentalist Islamic democracy in action is Indonesia. This predominently Muslim nation has all the ingredients, some good some bad, that the Bush administration is hoping to engender in Iraq. They are non-Arab, generally moderate, and anxious to achieve a better standard of living. If in 10 years Iraq can toe the line that Indonesis is toeing today (holding elections, generally not acting like despotic assholes etc.) than we should consider the Iraq experiment a success.

Who is the Jihad?

The philosphy of Jihad followed by Osama bin Laden was formulated by al Q'tab who held that secular governments which effectively seperate G-d's law from the laws of man are evil; i.e. they propogate the work of the devil. The correct course of action when dealing with the devil is to destroy him and his minions. Jihadists do not believe it is wrong to murder non-believers because the choices they have made in life are contrary to G-d's law. The Jihad movement will only be satisfied when the Devil's work on earth is destroyed and Islamic law, as they understand it, becomes supreme. In this respect they are the worst form of tyranical fundamentalists. They are the antithisis of Western liberalism. And like "The Terminator" they will never stop...until the acheive their goals or die trying.


Fortress Iraq

I believe one un-spoken agenda for Iraq is that it become an armed camp for the US in the heart of the Middle East. Note the location, in direct pxoximity to Iran, Afganistan, Syria, Pakistan, etc. Given the nature of the pan-Islamist Jihad movement, it makes perfect sense that the US have a rapid-response base in the heart of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia was becoming untenable and no other options present themselves for access by sea. The Islamist Jihad will be with us for some time. The US is the only functioning super power/police force. Iraq is a likely place to build a police station.


John Kerry's Teeth

Real men do not go in for all the appearance changes that John Kerry has resorted to over the course of his campaign. Botox, tanning treatments and designer haircuts are the stuff of hollywood, not mainstreet, USA. The hyper-white teeth, for example, are a sure sign that Kerry does not have a stable sense of himself or what is important in life. In any event it is a leopard spot; a clue as to who Kerry really is.


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