Tuesday, September 28, 2004

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The Jerusalem Post reports that "top Bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahri has been caught in Pakistan" by Pakistani troops.

Belmont Club blogger
"Wretchard" cites reports that Iran is 4-6 months away from "nuclear break-out," after which it cannot be stopped. All of the options stink. This is terrifying stuff.

Former star leftist/now neo-neoconservative columnist
Christopher Hitchens is contemptuous toward the "brainless and witless" Teresa Heinz Kerry and her set: "How can the Democrats possibly have gotten themselves into a position where they even suspect that a victory for the Zarqawi or Bin Laden forces would in some way be welcome to them? Or that the capture or killing of Bin Laden would not be something to celebrate with a whole heart?" (Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds.)

New York Post columnist John Podhoretz argues that the Iraq insurgency has no military signficance, and that Kerry vindicates the terrorists' strategy when he exaggerates the effect of the terror for partisan political purposes.

Like John Kerry doesn't have enough troubles. London Daily Telegraph Washington correspondent
Alec Russell warns that "President George W Bush is an unorthodox genius at live television who will spurn a debate with his opponent and instead appeal directly to viewers in Thursday's presidential showdown."

Syndicated columnist
Larry Kudlow predicts that "John Kerry is going to lose the foreign-policy debate Thursday night in Coral Gables, Fla. [because] he is a pessimist and a defeatist."

US News & World Report political columnist Michael Barone examines "The Metroliner effect" and finds good news for Pres. Bush.

You know those "allies" who are going to help us in Iraq if John Kerry is elected? Well, they're not, and they just said so--explicitly. The London
Financial Times reports that "French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2."

This time
Mark Steyn appears in the Daily Telegraph and takes aim at "modern Europe, with its head in the sand but convinced that it's the only one holding the map the right way up."

Boo, hoo. The Palestinians are depressed because their terror campaign has failed. Not that they dislike terror, mind you, but because it hasn't worked. Guilty liberal correspondent
Laura King of the Los Angeles Times gives them a shoulder to cry on--then Captain's Quarters blogger "Captain Ed" Morrissey rakes them, and King, over the coals.

New York Times columnist
David Brooks recalls the lessons learned after a series of elections in El Salvador during the 1980s and concludes: "The reason we should work for full democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan is not just because it's noble, but because it's practical. It is easier to defeat an insurgency and restore order with elections than without."

Chicago Sun-Times columnist
John O'Sullivan reflects on the West's, and particularly Europe's, inability even to grasp the evil of Islamic terror: "To be overcivilized is to be less civilized because genuine civilization includes a robust willingness to enforce its order and truths on anarchy, violence, murder and superstition."

Syndicated columnist
Dennis Prager explains "Why I was evicted from a Miami hotel." Be advised that there's much more to it than that.

A welcome and perhaps very significant story: the Anaheim Angels are in the thick of the pennant chase (1 game out of first place) with six days left in the regular season. Even so, the club suspended one of its stars because he acted like a prick.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports provides the details.

The counterculture isn't--in practice, it is the R&D end of the majority culture. Toronto Star book reviewer
Christine Sismondo explains. (Hat tip to ALD)