Victor Davis Hanson: War and History, Ancient and Modern

June 14, 2010

Michael Totten, a journalist I highly recommend who specializes in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, conducts a wide-ranging interview of historian Victor Davis Hanson. It’s long, but read the whole thing; you’ll learn quite a bit.

One item that jumped out at me came at the end, when VDH discusses an exchange he had with a European admiral just prior to Obama’s election. It’s revelatory on several levels of European attitudes toward and dependency on the United States, and their fear of us becoming like them:

I had an interesting conversation two years ago just before Obama’s election with some military people in Versailles. They were at a garden party, and everybody was for Obama. But an admiral said to me, “We are Obama. You can’t be Obama.”

Everybody looked at him. And I said, “What do you mean?”

He said, “There’s only room for one Obama.”

I said, “So we’re supposed to do what? Take out Iran while you trash us?”

And he said, “Right out of my mouth. I couldn’t have said it better. Bush understood our relationship. We have to make accommodations with our public, which is lunatic. You don’t really believe there’s going to be an EU strike force, do you? Nobody here believes that. If you become neutral, what are we supposed to do?

That’s what he said. I was surprised at his candor. And it’s worrisome. On the one hand I like it because they’re getting just what they asked for, but on the other hand, it’s tragic. And it’s dangerous. We shouldn’t be doing this.

Emphasis added.


What could go wrong? US to bolster “moderate” Hizbullah

May 19, 2010

From the same geniuses who brought you the reset button, the crusade to kill Honduran democracy, and the profuse groveling toward China over our human rights’ abuses, get ready for the latest and greatest: the Obama administration plans to bring stability to the Middle East by -how else?- strengthening moderate elements in the genocide-minded Hizbullah:

The Obama administration is looking for ways to build up “moderate elements” within the Lebanese Hezbollah guerilla movement and to diminish the influence of hard-liners, a top White House official said on Tuesday.

“Hezbollah is a very interesting organization,” [John] Brennan told a Washington conference, citing its evolution from “purely a terrorist organization” to a militia to an organization that now has members within the parliament and the cabinet.

“There is certainly the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they’re doing. And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements,” Brennan said.

He did not spell out how Washington hoped to promote “moderate elements” given that the organization is branded a “foreign terrorist organization” by the United States.

Gee, I can just see all that CIA money being funneled to prop up these “moderates,” who will be struggling to suppress their guffaws as they pass the dough along to their non-moderate brethren, who will then turn around and buy more missiles from Iran with which to kill Jews.

Genius!

This is like the British and the French trying to find “moderate Nazis” in the late 1930s. How’d that work out?

Clue for Mr. Brennan: Hizbullah is dedicated to genocide against the Jews for religious reasons. There are no moderates. They are playing us for suckers and you and your boss are falling for it.

We’re lead either by naive children or blundering morons and, regardless, it looks to end badly.

(via Andy McCarthy)

LINKS: More from Hot Air and Michael Ledeen.


Yet another reason why I could never be Muslim

October 2, 2009

Hawt Brazilian female dancers are scary:

Lebanese Muslims scared of sexy Brazilian samba dancers

A group of Lebanese Muslim scholars on Thursday forced the cancellation of a planned performance by a Brazilian samba troupe in the southern coastal city of Tyre on moral and religious grounds.

“This is a pornographic dance group that goes against our ethics,” Sheikh Ali Yassin, one of 50 religious leaders who had called for the cancellation, told AFP.

“We fear that once they start dancing nude in the streets, there will be trouble,” Yassin added. “Our society will not accept such a parade.

Fear not, O Sheikh. So that ye not be afraid, I am willing to have the scary dancers perform at my home, instead of in your city. For, Lo! Phineas is merciful, wise. And not at all terrified of scantily-clad Brazilian babes.

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Yep. Pretty darned scary.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)