"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Shoe Doesn't Fit

Yesterday the news media was showing repeated clips of an Egyptian journalist, Muntazar al-Zaidi, throwing his shoes at President Bush. We are now hearing of the jubilation in the Arab world over the shoes being thrown while OPEC has also declared its largest cut in production in the history of such practices. Notwithstanding the liberal commentary that is already jumping on the President for a "failed policy" in Iraq (leave it to major media outlets to call removing Saddam Hussein and putting in a Democratically-elected government a failure), there are some things Americans should take away from this.

1) In typical Muslim extremist fashion, Muntazar missed. All bark and no bite. He's lucky Bush didn't grab the shoe and proceed to beat him mercilessly. He's very lucky some American troops weren't standing next to him, either.

2) President's got reflexes!

3) President Bush remained cool under fire, quickly assessing the situation, and made the decision not to negatively impact his diplomatic visit to Iraq by the actions of an Egyptian 'journalist.'

4) People in Iraq are now free to express dissenting viewpoints, no matter how disgusting and ungrateful they may be. You're welcome. We won't hold our breath on the Christmas card.

To those in America who think this war was all for nothing, let me just remind of you of 3 simple facts. This is key to the reason why we have lost so many brave men and women, military and civilian during the course of this war to remove a dictatorship and install a democracy.

No democracy has ever attacked the United States.

Democracies rarely attack one another.

No two countries with a McDonald's Restaurant (with the sole exception of the Falklands conflict) have had a major war.

The United States was extremely fortunate to have wise founding fathers. They saw the problem with the way governments were run, and had been run everywhere up until their great "experiment." Greece and Rome had nothing on these guys. This country changed the world, for the better, and we continue to do so.

So go ahead OPEC, continue to cut production, falsely inflating your prices. You should soon come to a realization. We don't need your oil. It is convenient for our energy needs at this time, but that's fast becoming a thing of the past.

What if there was no America? ... Sphere: Related Content

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