Wednesday, February 02, 2005

This is brilliant

No What? is not dead! At least not before this was added.

From the comments of the Belmont Club the remarks of one Buddy Larsen who I suspect is another OGRE. Apparently the really good stuff is a copy of something to that which wasn't linked, maybe from Mark Steyn. Anyway, like Guinness Draft it's Brilliant!

Here's a snip from the host/post's Mark Steyn link (it illumins the OIF critic's fond recollections of those 'stable' 90s; that previous 'tie' game):

"When Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, warned that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would ''destabilize'' the entire region, he was right. That's why it was such a great idea.

The ''realpolitik'' types spent so long worshipping at the altar of stability they were unable to see it was a cult for psychos. The geopolitical scene is never stable, it's always dynamic. If the Western world decides in 2005 that it can ''contain'' President Sy Kottik of Wackistan indefinitely, that doesn't mean the relationship between the two parties is set in aspic. Wackistan has a higher birth rate than the West, so after 40 years of ''stability'' there are a lot more Wackistanis and a lot fewer Frenchmen. And Wackistan has immense oil reserves, and President Kottik has used the wealth of those oil reserves to fund radical schools and mosques in hitherto moderate parts of the Muslim world. And cheap air travel and the Internet and ATM machines that take every bank card on the planet and the freelancing of nuclear technology mean that Wackistan's problems are no longer confined to Wackistan. For a few hundred bucks, they can be outside the Empire State Building within seven hours. Nothing stands still. ''Stability'' is a fancy term to dignify laziness and complacency as sophistication."

Makes sense to me. And I love the Wackistanis bit.