Thursday, June 14, 2007
Freedom, not climate, is at risk
By Vaclav Klaus
As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel
obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market
economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.
The issue of global warming is more about social than natural sciences
and more about man and his freedom than about tenths of a degree Celsius changes in average global temperature.
As Dinah Lord said, "The brown shirts now wear green". Environazis are seeking the power to re-educate us all and force their
I'd believe a man who has been there. Of course, I wouldn't believe Al Gore if he gave me the time of day.
There is no candidate in this race who has completely blown my skirt up, but many of you have asked me to hurry up and call the ball. Will this help?
No President of mine should walk on water, but his feet had better be damned dry.
No President of mine should have bigger buddies in business than he has from his hometown church.
No President of mine should expect to lead from the rear and maintain the devotion of his Base.
The LA Times reports:
Under a sweltering Iraqi sky, [Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding
general of Marine Forces Central Command] asked for questions from his
Many were reluctant, but Marine Lance Cpl. Jack Kessel, 19,
of Raleigh, N.C., stepped forward. Something had been gnawing at him as he and
his buddies go about the business of winning hearts and minds in al-Anbar
province: “How are we supposed to fight a war when people back home say we’ve already lost?”
Marines continue to exceed their re-enlistment goals. A recent study
showed that those who have deployed twice to Iraq are more likely to re-enlist
than those who have gone once. The Marine least likely to re-enlist is one who
has not deployed to Iraq.
Mattis told the Marines to believe their own eyes rather than news
accounts about who is winning the war. Don’t be discouraged by politicians and
pundits who haven’t been to Iraq: “Don’t hold it against them. The only reason
they have that freedom of speech is because you’ll fight for it.”
I can't add to that.
HT to NRO
Reid has disparaged the war, the President, the Vice President, the senate, the house, Rumsfeld, Gates, Condi Rice, US intelligence, US corporations, the leadership of Iraq, the leadership of Afghanistan, Republicans, Conservatives, wayward Democrats, the lack of a surge, the surge, and now Gen. Peter Pace and Gen. David Petraeus, but he supports the troops, just not what they’re doing nor anyone who supports them.
Everyone else is wrong, but Harry.
Harry isn’t a typical liberal elitist, he is a dysfunctional man in a place of leadership, but at least he’s learned not to stomp his feet in public.
Unfortunately, Harry is getting people killed, terrorized and causing families just like ours to have their hope crushed. All because he is right and we are wrong.
Sad for him, sad for us.
UPDATE: Crotchety Old Bastard (He's earned the title) is not of mixed emotions.
UPDATE II: Correction: I Do HATE This Puny Man. I knew he did. He should.