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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Completely off his meds

AWol went even more totally bats**t today in a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy (which the NY Times calls "a private pro-democracy group." The NED is private like the CIA is private, and pro-democracy like the Nazis were pro-Jew). As with many things the idiot-in-chief says, his speech today made accusations that apply far more aptly to him and his misadministration than they do to those he's accusing. Sorry, this is going to be one long fisking! Let's roll:
In this new century, freedom is once again assaulted by enemies, determined to roll back generations of democratic progress. Once again, we're responding to a global campaign of fear with a global campaign of freedom.
And this:
Recently, our country observed the fourth anniversary of a great evil and looked back on a great turning point in our history.
Yes. Who could ever forget December 12, 2000, when the Supreme Court in the case of Bush v. Gore decided that the loser of an election should be the pResident.
While the killers choose their victims indiscriminately, their attacks serve a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs and goals that are evil but not insane.
We know the vision of the radicals because they've openly stated it in videos and audiotapes and letters and declarations and Web sites.
Then there's this:
Al Qaida's leader, Osama bin Laden, has called on Muslims to dedicate, quote, their resources sons and money to driving infidels out of their lands. Their tactic to meet this goal has been consistent for a quarter century: They hit us and expect us to run.

They want us to repeat the sad history of Beirut in 1983 and Mogadishu in 1993, only this time on a larger scale with greater consequences.
The sad history of Beirut and Mogadishu was that we were there. The happy history was that we got out.
Second, the militant network wants to use the vacuum created by an American retreat to gain control of a country, a base from which to launch attacks and conduct their war against non-radical Muslim governments.
14 `enduring bases' set in Iraq
The militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia.
Yeah, who could ever believe such an idiotic domino theory? Oh right:"A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in the region." -- George W. Bush, 2/26/2003

The civilized world knows very well that other fanatics in history, from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot, consumed whole nations in war and genocide before leaving the stage of history.

Evil men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.
Two absolutely accurate paragraphs, spoken by one of those evil men.
The radicals exploit local conflicts to build a culture of victimization in which someone else is always to blame and violence is always the solution.
Later in the same speech:
State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists, and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror.

The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they're equally as guilty of murder.Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. And the civilized world must hold those regimes to account.
Right. Someone else is always to blame and violence is always the solution.

The radicals depend on front operations such as corrupted charities which direct money to terrorist activity.
He's saying this to the National Endowment for Democracy!!
They are strengthened by those who aggressively fund the spread of radical, intolerant versions of Islam in unstable parts of the world.
Not at all like Franklin Graham, who aggressively funds the spread of radical, intolerant versions of Christianity.

Some have also argued that extremism has been strengthened by the actions of our coalition in Iraq, claiming that our presence in that country has somehow caused or triggered the rage of radicals.

I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001, and Al Qaida attacked us anyway.
Yeah. We weren't in Portugal either. What's your point?
The hatred of the radicals existed before Iraq was an issue and it will exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse.
And, as Jesus always said, "Bomb thy enemy."
The government of Russia did not support Operation Iraqi Freedom, and yet militants killed more than 180 Russian school children in Beslan.
Yeah--they were too busy committing their own atrocities in Chechnya.
Over the years, these extremists have used a litany of excuses for violence: Israeli presence on the West Bank or the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia or the defeat of the Taliban or the crusades of a thousand years ago.
Or non-existent weapons of mass destruction or imaginary links to 9/11 or supposedly bring freedom to people by bombing and torturing the crap out of them.
In fact, we're not facing a set of grievances that can be soothed and addressed. We're facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world.
"America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge." -- W, June 1, 2002
They target nations whose behavior they believe they can change through violence.
Right. Regime change. Gotcha.
Osama bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, What is good for them and what is not. And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers.
"There is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces." W, 6/28/2005
He assures them that this is the road to paradise, though he never offers to go along for the ride.
This from a man who snuck into the Texas Air National Guard to stay out of Vietnam, then snuck out of the TANG. A man who has two daughters of military age, but won't bother them to pursue the highest calling.
When 25 Iraqi children are killed in a bombing or Iraqi teachers are executed at their school or hospital workers are killed caring for the wounded, this is murder, pure and simple; the total rejection of justice and honor and moral and religion.
I hope that gets used at W's war crimes trial.

They have endless ambitions of imperial domination and they wish to make everyone powerless except themselves.
Once again: "America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge."

Zarqawi has said that Americans are, quote, the most cowardly of God's creatures, but let's be clear: It is cowardice that seeks to kill children and the elderly with car bombs and cuts the throat of a bound captive and targets worshipers leaving a mosque.
This, on the other hand, is courage:

We didn't ask for this global struggle.
"Any serious effort at transformation must occur within the larger framework of U.S. national security strategy, military missions and defense budgets.
"[T]he process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor." -- Rebuilding America's Defenses, Project for a New American Century
The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them, because they're equally as guilty of murder.Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. And the civilized world must hold those regimes to account.
Three words: Luis Posada Carriles
The terrorists are as brutal an enemy as we've ever faced.
Take that, Hitler!
They're unconstrained by any notion of our common humanity or by the rules of warfare.
Like starting unprovoked wars of aggression? Using torture? Dropping cluster bombs? Holding people indefinitely without charges?
At the time of our Fallujah operations 11 months ago there were only a few Iraqi army battalions in combat. Today there are more than 80 Iraqi army battalions fighting the insurgency alongside our forces.
80, one, what's the diff?
We've heard it suggested that Iraq's democracy must be on shaky ground because Iraqis are arguing with each other. But that's the essence of democracy: making your case, debating with those who disagree, building consensus by persuasion and answering to the will of the people.

There's always a temptation in the middle of a long struggle to seek the quiet life, to escape the duties and problems of the world, and to hope the enemy grows weary of fanaticism and tired of murder.

The time has come for all responsible Islamic leaders to join in denouncing an ideology that exploits Islam for political ends and defiles a noble faith.
And long past time for Christian leaders to denounce W's ideology that exploits Christianity for political ends.

Throughout history, tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that murder is justified to serve their grand vision. And they end up alienating decent people across the globe.

[Update] I see that while I was toiling away on this tome, WIIIAI was working on a good fisking of the speech too. WIIIAI's fisking is good, but mine has pictures. Which one do you think W is more likely to read?

Right. Neither.