William Katz: Urgent Agenda
EVENING UPDATE, JANUARY 26, 2008
Canada has now announced that will not attend what one Canadian official called this "circus of intolerance." Candidates for president should be required to make a no-go pledge, and avoid this farce.
Of course, you can be sure that any major speakers at the conference will immediately be invited to participate in anti-racism forums at American universities. Maybe an honorary degree or two.
Mark Steyn, the second great, whose work has come under scrutiny by one of those "human rights commissions" in that self-same Canada, writes about the latest cave-in to militant Islam in Britain, where terrorism will now officially be labled "anti-Islamic activity." No, this isn't a joke or a misprint. It's a two-hands-up surrender.
Maybe there won't be another 9/11. Maybe it won't be necessary. There are plenty of people in the West who will just give in, and give in, and give in. As reported here yesterday, our own Pentagon has fired an expert on Islamic teaching, apparently for telling the truth.
He who controls the vocabulary, will control the nation. Our language is under attack. It is being changed by people who want to call terrorism "anti-Islamic activity." And other changes are coming. This is the tip of the iceberg. Oh, I'm sorry. I can't say iceberg. Must not offend the global-warming "community."
Of course, Barak will be ignored. I hope he's wrong, but he is probably right. Washington seems today to be living in a fantasy world, returning to the policies of Bush 41, who never actually solved any problems, and who was all too willing to treat with dictators if some other headache could be kicked down the road.
Repeat after me: Its all a cultural misunderstanding brought about by American imperialist designs, neo-con magazine writers, and bikinis in European movies.
Look, we all know that.
This is awful. It looks like a young officer, stopping to do his duty, when he could have just driven away, was mistaken for a criminal. It reminds us of the constant danger of police work. I only hope the usual agitators won't come out to express their genius before the facts are known.
Late update: Al Sharpton has just entered the case, getting his required face time on TV. No TV, no Al. I'm sure he'll bring his usual reason and judgment to this tragedy. Yuch.
The second incident is equally heartbreaking. Florence Cioffi, who'd worked at the World Trade Center, survived the 9/11 attacks when she took a coffee break at a very lucky time, and was able to escape. Last night, not far from that scene, she was struck and killed by a driver who may have been drunk. She was almost 60, and engaged to be married.
Count those blessings.
Bad move. There's a bitterness there, and maybe it's understandable. But Obama's strength, at least at the start of this campaign, was in his running as a candidate who happens to be black, not as an insurgent, with victimization thrown in for seasoning. The more he portrays himself as man against the machine, and emphasizes young voters - a group the majority loves to ignore and sometimes sees as threatening - the more he becomes what he never wanted to be.
I may blog later on the Carolina results. If not, tomorrow morning.
Posted on January 26, 2008.