Saturday, July 09, 2005

Give 'em Hell, Mr. Hitchens

It's hard to do any medblogging with the London bombings fresh in one's mind. Sadly, many with access to a microphone and TV camera are in total denial of what has happened, and why. Once again, nitwits seem to be taking center stage ---- enter Ron Reagan! As I was driving home from a meeting yesterday afternoon, Hugh Hewitt was playing an interview from MSNBC, with Ron Reagan trying to go toe to toe with Christopher Hitchens. Fortunately for Mr. Reagan, Mr. Hitchens was armed with sharp words rather than sharp instruments:

CH: Do you know nothing about the subject at all? Do you wonder how Mr. Zarqawi got there under the rule of Saddam Hussein? Have you ever heard of Abu Nidal?

RR: Well, I'm following the lead of the 9/11 Commission, which...

CH: Have you ever heard of Abu Nidal, the most wanted man in the world, who was sheltered in Baghdad? The man who pushed Leon Klinghoffer off the boat, was sheltered by Saddam Hussein. The man who blew up the World Trade Center in 1993 was sheltered by Saddam Hussein, and you have the nerve to say that terrorism is caused by resisting it? And by deposing governments that endorse it? ... At this state, after what happened in London yesterday?...

RR: Zarqawi is not an envoy of Saddam Hussein, either.

CH: Excuse me. When I went to interview Abu Nidal, then the most wanted terrorist in the world, in Baghdad, he was operating out of an Iraqi government office. He was an arm of the Iraqi State, while being the most wanted man in the world. The same is true of the shelter and safe house offered by the Iraqi government, to the murderers of Leon Klinghoffer, and to Mr. Yassin, who mixed the chemicals for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. How can you know so little about this, and be occupying a chair at the time that you do?

Ouch! A smackdown worthy of a heavyweight title bout. Other media idiots seem to be preoccupied with the idea that the London bombings represent abject failure of our intelligence and security measures -- without taking into consideration that we have had numerous intelligence successes in the past few years which are public knowledge, and likely many others that are unknown to the general public. These need to be recounted, and celebrated, by the press to put the London atrocities into the broader perspective of the fight against Islamofascist terrorism.

Mr. Hitchens has a great perspective here:
We shall track down those responsible. States that shelter them will know no peace. Communities that shelter them do not take forever to discover their mistake. And their sordid love of death is as nothing compared to our love of London, which we will defend as always, and which will survive this with ease.

Although not as stirring, it echoes the sentiments of one of the greatest men to live in the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill:
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.