September 5, 2004
Links of the day
People are angry.
- Powerful words regarding Islam and the terrorism in Beslan, " An attack on children is an attack on all of humanity."
- Mid-east press "appalled" by siege.
- " What happened in one Russian schoolhouse is an abomination that has to be defeated, not merely regretted. But the only guys with any kind of plan are the Bush administration... If you've got a better idea, let's hear it. Right now, his is the only plan on the table."
- Wow. "Cleric supports targeting children."
- "Innocent religion is now a message of hate," by Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al-Arabiya news channel.
- "An independent Chechnya is, notwithstanding the accounts in our media, not the object of this exercise. It is instead to detach Chechnya from the Russian, 'Christian', Dar al-Harb, and attach it instead to the Dar al-Islam -- to recover it for Islamdom." Interesting.
- Chechnya: What drives the separatists to commit such terrible outrages? "Russia's terrorism problem is not international Islam. It's a war that Russia started and has continued. Because of terrorism, this war has spread to engulf the entire enormous country." Opposing viewpoint to the article above.
- Bush now holds an 11 point lead over Kerry in the polls. I think it is a given that international terrorism will only increase his lead.
- Wow. Garrison Keillor has some strong words for Republicans. "Richard Nixon was the last Republican leader to feel a Christian obligation toward the poor." And what an interesting closing paragraph.
Posted by snackeru at September 5, 2004 8:24 PM | Links of the day
I fully nad proudly admit that I lean left on the vast majority of the issues. Perhaps this is the reason I found Keillor's article to be outstanding. The fact that he had nice things to say about Eisenhower (one of my favorite political and military leaders) may also account for my view. Regardless of one's political views, it was a thought-provoking article. Thanks for passing it along, Shane.
Curt in Grand Forks
Posted by: Curt Hanson at September 6, 2004 3:46 PM
Two comments on the Mark Steyn piece: Why do Muslims have the wealth to fund terrorism? OIL!!! Burn your SUVs, opt for renewable energy if you want to fight terrorism.
Secondly, the "Ham-fisted campaign in Chechnya ... brutal and ineffectual" sounds familiar, a lot like the "Operation Enduring Freedom" or whatever euphamism the occupation of Iraq is being called. We are breeding more terrorists than we are converting I fear.
Great gleanings, Shane, where do you find this stuff?
Posted by: Wowed at September 7, 2004 1:22 AM
I'm not surprised that the Iranian newspapers are saying it's the Russian's fault this happened. It's blaming the victim, only on a much larger scale. Gotta love those government-run newspapers. Ralph Peter's column is both dangerous and thought-provoking. It certainly puts the onus on Islamic leaders to reject what these terrorists have done. However, it all but says that if they don't, it's a religion not worth anything, which only adds to further polarization.
Posted by: Cheesehead Craig at September 7, 2004 9:29 AM