Carol Platt Liebau: Welcome to the Jungle

Monday, August 21, 2006

Welcome to the Jungle

Finally, finally, our German friends may be beginning to suspect that Islamofascist fanatics can't simply be bought off by cowardice and self-abasement:

“People thought for the longest time that Germany would be safe because we didn’t send troops to Iraq,” said Johannes Schmalz, the president of the agency for the protection of the constitution — a rough equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg.

“This presumption is wrong,” he said. “The enemy of violent Islamists is the Western world as a whole.”

At least one of 'em gets it.


Blogger Editor said...

Better add Lebanon to the pre-emptive strike list. Perhaps some carpet bombing will do this trick.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

editor: one who STILL doesn't get it.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

It looks like these two nations get it...

ENGLAND - Labour has fallen heavily in the wake of the recent alleged terror plot against airlines. An overwhelming majority of voters appear to pin part of the blame for the increased threat on Tony Blair's policy of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.

JERUSALEM - The Lebanon war has cost Ehud Olmert much of his political capital: With approval ratings plummeting, the prime minister has been forced to shelve his West Bank pullout plan and is struggling to ride out a growing public storm over the government’s wartime bungles.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

UK Polling Report done 08/21/06 shows Blair's Labour Party down 4 points since last month. But it also adds the caveat that its reports are volatile, and that polls “are akin to measuring England’s sporting performance by averaging the most recent scores of the football, rugby and cricket teams”. Labour is still predicted to win control of Parliament.

Olmert's dropping poll numbers may well be blamed on the fact that 62% of those polled felt he did not handle the war properly. 70% in one poll and 53% in another felt he should not have accepted the cease fire (emphasis added). Israeli support for Olmert before the war was 43%, during the war 78% and after the war 40%, which suggests the support lost was due to his accepting the cease fire before complete victory was achieved. Olmert compaigned partly on withdrawing from the West Bank, but has not dropped such plans, merely called for a pause in them. Why not when withdrawing from Gaza and Lebanon served only to let Hamas and Hezbollah think Israel weak rather than benevolent?

Israelis seem to be telling Olmert that he should have finished the job once and for all, not stopped before it was done.

It looks like some cut and paste artist did not get what the two nations actually got.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

Thanks to the US-backed Israeli attacks on Lebanon's civilian infrastructure, however, support for Hezbollah, according to polls, has grown to more than 80%, even within the Sunni Muslim and Christian communities.

Even Richard Armitage, a leading hawk and deputy secretary of state under Bush during his first term, noted, "The only thing that the bombing has achieved so far is to unite the population against the Israelis."

Despite US encouragement that Israel continue the war, Israel's right-wing prime minister has come under increasing criticism at home, with polls from the newspaper Ha'aretz indicating that only 39% of Israelis would support the planned expansion of the ground offensive.

Not only have a growing number of Israelis acknowledged that the war has been a disaster for Israel, there is growing recognition of US responsibility for getting them into that mess. A July 23 article in Ha'aretz about an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv noted that "this was a distinctly anti-American protest" that included "chants of 'We will not die and kill in the service of the United States,' and slogans condemning President George W Bush."

8:13 AM  

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