War on many fronts

Michael Kelly is an excellent editor, columnist and reporter. Now with with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq, his reports are mandatory reading. His column this morning is “Limited war, so far.”
On the home front, we have Mark Steyn to help us keep our eye on the big picture and to keep our morale up: “Believe it or not, we’re winning.” Steyn reviews the media’s hysterical performance regarding Iraq and notes that “Gen. Tommy Franks has been transformed from the new MacArthur into the new MacArthur Park: Someone left his cakewalk in the rain, we don’t think that he can take it ’cause it took so long to bake it and he’ll never find that recipe again. Oh, no.
In the news, one notes a certain similarity between the enemy we are facing in Iraq — “Enemy unleashes suicide bombers” — and the one the Israelis are facing — “Dozens hurt in Netanya suicide attack.”
Ralph Peters takes a look at the peculiarities of Arab culture that have manifested themselves during the war in Iraq: “Tragedy of the Arabs.” Peters offers the following overview: “No Arab state is a true democracy. No Arab state genuinely respects human rights. No Arab state hosts a responsible media. No Arab society fully respects the rights of women or minorities. No Arab government has ever accepted public responsibility for its own shortcomings.”
I would add two points. The Arab contribution to civilization in the past hundred years appears to be limited to the suicide bomber. And the Arabs with the greatest civil and political rights in the Middle East are of course the Arab citizens of Israel.


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