Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mumbai Could Happen
Just About Anywhere

Mark Steyn - November 28, 2008 - Orange County (California) Register

There was a photograph that appeared in many of the British papers, taken by a Reuters man and captioned by the news agency as follows: "A suspected gunman walks outside the premises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus railway station." The photo of the "suspected gunman" showed a man holding a gun. We don't know much about him – he might be Muslim or Episcopalian, he might be an impoverished uneducated victim of Western colonialist economic oppression or a former vice-president of Lehman Brothers embarking on an exciting midlife career change – but one thing we ought to be able to say for certain is that a man pointing a gun is not a "suspected gunman" but a gunman. "This kind of silly political correctness infects reporters and news services worldwide," wrote John Hinderaker of Powerline. "They think they're being scrupulous – the man hasn't been convicted of being a gunman yet! – when, in fact, they're just being foolish. But the irrational conviction that nothing can be known unless it has been determined by a court and jury isn't just silly, it's dangerous."

Mark Steyn is once again right on target (as is John Hinderaker). The most frightening concept the Magic Marxist Messiah has put forth is that we need to treat Islamo-fascist (not terrorism - the George W. Bush stupidity of calling it that has got to end) as a criminal matter. The one thing Bush did right is fight it as a war and fight anyone, even Sadam Hussein, if they support it. Bush got a lot of things wrong, but that he got right.

Update 11/30/2008

Melanie Phillips of the United Kingdom has written a similar article, The war against civilisation, that makes the point even our allies are starting to get it too. Idiot government officials in England and America need to understand the nature of this war and need to understand it FAST.


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