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Quotational Therapy: Part 48 -- Bush On Iraq.

The War On Terror-

Late last week, President Bush rearticulated the case for winning the War On Terror, focusing on finishing the job in Iraq, in a speech at the National Endowment for Democracy.

It was an important speech. And it was a new speech. It offered quite a lot of new wrinkles. And although I was on vacation, I happened to catch nearly all of it, live, just before a great hike through Zion National Park.

In the day or two following the speech, the only media coverage I saw of the speech focused on whether the U.S. had indeed stopped 10 terror attacks since 9/11 as Bush had claimed. Nothing else. This unserious, off-topic silliness, so typical of the so-called "mainstream media," was unfortunate, given the magnitude of the speech.

Be sure to read it or watch it online.

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...Islamic radicalism, like the ideology of communism, contains inherent contradictions that doom it to failure. By fearing freedom -- by distrusting human creativity, and punishing change, and limiting the contributions of half the population -- this ideology undermines the very qualities that make human progress possible, and human societies successful. The only thing modern about the militants' vision is the weapons they want to use against us. The rest of their grim vision is defined by a warped image of the past -- a declaration of war on the idea of progress, itself. And whatever lies ahead in the war against this ideology, the outcome is not in doubt: Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation, decline, and collapse. Because free peoples believe in the future, free peoples will own the future.

Read the entire speech here.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 10 October 2005 03:04 PM

Comments

Is Islamabad one of those areas with Radical Islamic people? I was just wondering because the USA has pledged 50 million dollars to the earth quake victims??? It would sure be unfortunate for us if we are helping these radical groups in any way!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 10, 2005 05:48 PM

Yes, that part of the world has been Muslim for the last few centuries... and mainly cut off from the rest of the world because it is so remote. Not all of them are radical Jihadists, most are just Po' Mountain Folk. I'm sure our choppers full of aid are doing more good for our image than for the bellies of the Jihadis... and might give a few of those Jihadis an opportunity to pause and think over what they've been told about us: Actions speak louder than words, and the U.S. Military is absolutely SHOUTING out two messages...

We can bring aid to those who need it; anywhere, anytime... and we are willing to do so.

We can bring Death to those who need that; anywhere, anytime...

Mr. Michael

Posted by: Mr. Michael at October 11, 2005 12:38 AM

Mr. Michael, Thanks for setting me straight on that. You are absolutely right! Actions do speak louder than words...AND...who better to help than the US military.

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 11, 2005 07:17 AM

Actions speak louder than words, and the U.S. Military is absolutely SHOUTING out two messages...

We can bring aid to those who need it; anywhere, anytime... and we are willing to do so.

We can bring Death to those who need that; anywhere, anytime...

>>absolutely the perfect post of the day.

Posted by: Annie at October 18, 2005 09:05 PM