Sunday, November 07, 2004

Sunday 11/7 links

Well, this is very interesting--there are rumors afloat the Yasir Arafat died of AIDS. There has been talk for decades that he "romps" with his so-called "bodyguards."

And since he is dead, the French want him out--now! The Israeli ex-spook DEBKA website reports the details with some glee.

A Jerusalem Post
editorial urges that the world resist eulogizing Arafat: "a destroyer, not a builder, because in addition to being the father of Palestinian nationalism, he was the father of something broader: modern terrorism."

Pompous New York Times columnist
Thomas L. Friedman starts off all right, asserting that Arafat was a terrible man and that history will view him harshly--and then Friedman can't resist adding his traditional nonsequitur: "Israel's reckless settlements notwithstanding." The guy couldn't write a piece about tensions between Peru and Bolivia without tossing in the settlements. If Friedman had the health beat, he'd blame the settlements for occurrences of dandruff.

Ottawa Citizen columnist
David Warren: "So long as Saddam was able to play France, Germany, and Russia against the United States and allies, he could dream of an alternative to capitulation. The same countries are as heavily invested in Iran as they were in Iraq. President Chirac of France has already signalled that he will continue to play the jerk. We may therefore witness a reprise."

Venerable (more than seventy years ago Babe Ruth told him to stay away from his car) Washington Times columnist Arnold Beichman: "How can CBS continue to keep Dan Blather showing his face nightly? The New York Times fired a reporter who sullied its reputation forever and with him fired the paper's top executives. But CBS treats its star reporter, who played fast and loose with the truth, with star billing. Has CBS no shame?"

More Multisteyning: in the London
Sunday Telegraph he takes aim at smug Europeans; in the Chicago Sun-Times, it's condescending Democrats.

London Times Washington correspondent
Gerard Baker declares that "Bush's vision of free world will keep the neocon faith alive."

Arthur Chrenkoff analyzes the continuing erosion of the traditional Democratic base.

US News & World Report political columnist
Michael Barone moonlights for the London Sunday Times, where he obseves that "America has ceased to be a 49% nation and now is a 51% Republican nation."

Washington Post reporters
Dan Balz and Mike Allen supply an interesting profile of Karl Rove.

Canny New York Daily News columnist
Zev Chafets explains how vast improvements in ultrasound technology will profoundly change the abortion debate in favor of the pro-life position.

There are not very many European lefties who love Israel, but the colorful London Times columnist
Julie Burchill is one of them. She just returned from her first visit, and has some things to say.

The novelist
Tom Wolfe in the London Sunday Times: "The liberal elite showed it was way out of touch even before the election. I was at a dinner party in New York and when everyone was wondering what to do about Bush I suggested they might do like me and vote for him. There was silence around the table, as if I’d said 'by the way, I haven’t mentioned this before but I’m a child molester.'"

Victor Davis Hanson reviews a new biography of Ulysses S. Grant. Read at your own risk--you'll want to run out to get the book.

Don't you love the English language? Well, National Review Online columnist
Jay Nordlinger certainly does, and he reviews a book on the history of English to prove it.