Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Winning hearts and minds

by attacking Iraqi kindergartens?

The last dispatch

Here's an article in the Guardian, the final one from Iran by Robert Tait, whose application to remain in that country was recently denied. It's an insightful and sometimes sad and scary assessment of Iran's politics and culture by a man who lived there for three years, learned the language and married an Iranian woman. Must reading to get a handle on one of the members of the "axis of evil."

Monday, January 07, 2008

Here's where I stand (right now)

This essay says it better than I could, so I'll just add these thoughts: Imagine two little black kids running down the halls and playing on the lawn of the White House; imagine broadcasting to the rest of the world, including those "Islamofascists," that we've just elected a man whose middle name is Hussein (grandson of the prophet Muhammad); imagine what we would feel about America--its prospects at home and in the world, its promise to all peoples of the world. Just imagine. It's enough, isn't it, to make you want to race to the ramparts?

So, in a few days, maybe sooner, you'll see me astride them holding a sign that says,

Oh, Yeah!