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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Update: Fahd feels like dancing (which is haram)? Zarqawi vacationing in South of France (Iran)? 9/11 TRAVESTY?

That's the problem with basing posts on hypothetical outcomes, or early news stories.

UPDATE: All the people I usually oppose (Communists and fascists) hung together with me and voted down the EU treaty

The Europeans (French) did reject the 500 page Frankenstein submitted for consideration as a constitution. At first I could not believe the narrow poll results which showed opposition.

The French coalition which rejected the constitution will likely not hold together on any other issue in the future.

Apparently there will be a French revote and other states will continue with their votes.

I wonder if the revote will come before or after a reconsideration and renegotiation of the constitution/treaty?

I hear the swarthy Angles and Saxons put too much imperialistic capitalism in the treaty for the majority of the Franks.

UPDATE: The Dutch seem to have voted the treaty down for the right reasons, an interesting European contrast.


WALL STREET JOURNAL (excerpt, from LGF's temporary link)

The driving force behind the IFC is Tom Bernstein, the dynamic co-founder of the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex who made a fortune financing Hollywood movies. But his capital ventures appear to have funded his true calling, the pro bono work he has done his entire adult life -- as an activist lawyer in the human rights movement. He has been a proud member of Human Rights First since it was founded -- as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights -- 27 years ago, and has served as its president for the last 12.

The public has a right to know that it was Mr. Bernstein's organization, joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, that filed a lawsuit three months ago against Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was Human Rights First that filed an amicus brief on behalf of alleged "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla, an American citizen who the Justice Department believes is an al Qaeda recruit. It was Human Rights First that has called for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the alleged torture of detainees, complete with budget authority, subpoena power and the ability to demand that witnesses testify under oath.

In fact, the IFC's list of those who are shaping or influencing the content and programming for their Ground Zero exhibit includes a Who's Who of the human rights, Guantanamo-obsessed world:

• Michael Posner, executive director at Human Rights First who is leading the world-wide "Stop Torture Now" campaign focused entirely on the U.S. military. He has stated that Mr. Rumsfeld's refusal to resign in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal is "irresponsible and dishonorable."

• Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, who is pushing IFC organizers for exhibits that showcase how civil liberties in this country have been curtailed since September 11.

• Eric Foner, radical-left history professor at Columbia University who, even as the bodies were being pulled out of a smoldering Ground Zero, wrote, "I'm not sure which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House." This is the same man who participated in a "teach-in" at Columbia to protest the Iraq war, during which a colleague exhorted students with, "The only true heroes are those who find ways to defeat the U.S. military," and called for "a million Mogadishus." The IFC website has posted Mr. Foner's statement warning that future discussions should not be "overwhelmed" by the IFC's location at the World Trade Center site itself.

• George Soros, billionaire founder of Open Society Institute, the nonprofit foundation that helps fund Human Rights First and is an early contributor to the IFC. Mr. Soros has stated that the pictures of Abu Ghraib "hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself."

This 9/11 committee really could not be worse from the standpoint of balance. We will see this backfire on the Left. Americans view the 9/11 site as a national concern. This might fly in New York, which should know better.

I wonder how much the exhibits will discuss the 1993 WTC bombing, 1996 Saudi bombings, 1998 embassy bombings, or 2000 USS Cole bombing?


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