Monday, November 08, 2004

Monday 11/8 links

A nugget posted today on the Israeli ex-spook DEBKA website; likely true, but perhaps not: "Arafat’s wife Suha will demand Abbas and Qureia sign documents drafted by her French lawyers guaranteeing her multimillion dollar inheritance and pension - as price for switching off life support systems. She has controlled information on Arafat’s condition and nature of mystery illness."

These people are more fun than a barrel of monkeys (meaning no disrepect to said simians): Washington Times writer Paul Martin reports that anxious Palestinian thugs were never able to pry certain Swiss bank account access codes from Arafat and there is a real question now: "Will $1 billion be buried with Arafat?

Resourceful Belmont Club blogger
"Wretchard" explains why he thinks that the terrorists will fight for Fallujah, and not melt away as some recent conventional wisdom suggests.

Daily Standard contributor Christian Lowe explains just how we intend to win "The Fight for Fallujah."

1st lieutenant
Robert Shuford of the Marine Corps News reports that several embedded journalists are leery of going in with the Marines. For good reason--urban warfare is ghastly stuff. (Hat tip to "Wretchard"/Belmont Club)

Roger Simon has some astonishing numbers out of Beverly Hills, one of the key limousine liberal enclaves in the western world: Pres. Bush's share of the popular vote rose 22% from 2000 to 2004. In 2000, Al Gore won BH 77%-20%; in 2004, Sen. Kerry's margin was only 57%-42%.

Remember when all the clever people sneered at Donald Rumsfeld when he drew a distinction between Old Europe and New Europe? Think they're still sneering? According to this Washington Times editorial, they aren't.

New York Daily News columnist
Richard Z. Chesnoff just got to write off his European vacation: "Boy, do they hate Bush here." Do you think so? A fun piece.

And New York Post columnist Nicole Gelinas examines Europe's furious impotence.

New York Times columnist William Safire does some personnel-shifting for the second Bush administration.

Victor Davis Hanson supplies another superb essay, this to the San Francisco Chronicle: "Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were the only two Democrats to be elected president since 1976. Both were Southerners. Apparently, the only assurance that the electorate has had that a Democrat was serious about national security or social sobriety was his drawl."

London Times columnist
Stephen Pollard was surprised--not by the BBC's most recent outrage, but at the outrage it triggered: "I am at a loss to understand why. There is nothing remotely newsworthy about her having expressed her adoring view of Arafat and her contempt for Israel’s attempts to defend itself from terror. Certainly, her tear-jerking might not convey the impartiality which license-fee payers ought to be able to expect from the BBC, but her sentiments are so straight-down-the-line a representation of the BBC’s bias against Israel that they are in no way newsworthy."

Syndicated columnist
John Leo: "Doors [are] slamming in the Democratic Party. Almost all dissent from elite opinion on social issues gradually became positioned as a human-rights violation of some kind. (On the cable shows last Wednesday, backers of traditional marriage were denounced several times as gay-bashers.) ... The Republican Party is a weak vessel, with lots of movers and shakers who seem to care only about greed, but now, on the broad array of social issues, it is the only game in town."

Seldom-gruntled Chicago Sun-Times political columnist
Robert Novak doubts whether Arlen Specter can now be elected to the Senate Judiciary chairmanship. What he said about an abortion litmus test was monumentally stupid, but there are other considerations ...

Asia Times columnist "Spengler" reports that Evangelical Christians are having lots of children, and that demography is destiny.