Nemesis

Mark Steyn has discovered a new unit of measurement with which to calibrate the duration of the war. His column today is guaranteed to raise a smile: “The Iraqis are certainly acting as if they’re headless.”
Ben MacIntyre of the London Times builds a column on the eloquent words of Lt.-Colonel Tim Collins to his men of the Royal Irish battle group: “Rimbaud meets Rambo on the eve of battle.”
In his brilliant first volume on the Second World War, Winston Churchill describes French statesmanship on the eve of war as “the quintessence of defeatism.” Paul Johnson takes the measure of the current version of French statesmanship in his Friday Wall Street Journal column, characterizing it as negative and destructive: “Au revoir, petite France.” I think the current version may be rooted more in Edouard Daladier’s prewar version than in De Gaulle’s postwar version.
The guys at RealClearPolitics have dug up a striking column from Canada’s National Post: “Fifty years of pride in Canada disappears.” Don’t miss this one.
And Michael Ledeen gives us a little more to think (and worry) about in his New York Post column: “The post-war terror threat.”

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