Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Mark Styne nails it.
So Saddam didn't have WMD. Conversely, Colonel Gaddafi did. And hands up anyone who knew he did until he announced he was chucking it in. The only way you can be absolutely certain your intelligence about a dictator's weapons is accurate is when you look out the window and see a big mushroom cloud over Birmingham. More to the point, it's in alliances of convenience between the dictatorships and freelance groups that the true horrors lie - and for that you don't need big stockpiles, just a vial or two of this or that. You can try and stop it day by day at the gate at Heathrow, but, even if you succeed, you'll bankrupt the world's airlines.
The effects of taking out Saddam will be felt long after Iraq is a functioning democracy, I guarantee. And just as importantly, the rest of the world now knows that when America is threatened or bloodied, it will respond. Well..... as long as a Republican is in the White House. The Democrats will just sell us out to the UN again.
The Left is remarkably nonchalant about these new terrors. When nuclear weapons were an elite club of five relatively sane world powers, the Left was convinced the planet was about to go ka-boom any minute, and the handful of us who survived would be walking in a nuclear winter wonderland. Now anyone with a few thousand bucks and an unlisted number in Islamabad in his Rolodex can get a nuke, and the Left couldn't care less.
They seemingly can make nukes, or get whatever else they want. But according to the Democrats, we should convene with the UN before we deal with a threat to us.
Yeah, right. Enjoy this next election, you on the Left. I'll be the one eating popcorn and watching the Democrat Party plunge off that cliff.