Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Now we know what everybody has been doing the last six months."
WARREN: "To an enemy who depends utterly on morale, in the absence of significant military abilities -- who has only such weaponry as he can rig or steal, and only such soldiers as he can recruit in secret; who has no secure territory to which he can retreat and regroup -- this constant and reliable support from the media is indispensable. Without it, the “resistance” in Iraq would have collapsed quickly, saving ten-thousands of lives; and the Afghan “resistance” would be in greater disarray (though it has the benefit of secure pasturage in remote tribal mountain fastnesses).

But Zarqawi’s death goes beyond spinning. The very fact touched off huge celebrations across Iraq this week, as did the capture of Saddam Hussein before it. While our Western media are loath to cover these demonstrations -- lest they enhance President Bush’s position in U.S. domestic politics -- their effect on the enemy in Iraq is profound. An enemy whose morale depended on Zarqawi’s reputation for ruthlessness, against the hard fact of popular detestation, is left staring at a wall. He needs another Zarqawi to emerge, quickly."

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Lewis the Doyen has his problems -- but it's amusing to see how unsatisfying he is to the "intellectual" class. This one only fails the classics cut off because he barely missed an explicit reference to Amin Al-Husseini. But he didn't fail here.