Saturday, December 11, 2004

Miscellany and a Pizza Terrorist

The Washington Times reports that two American students defeated the mighty Oxford debate team in a moot court competition last weekend. They argued before the senior law lord of the United Kingdom, equivalent to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and they had very little time to master details of British law and court procedure. Both of these amazing young Americans were home-schooled, and both now attend a small Christian college in Virginia. Searches at their websites reveal that the Washington Post and the New York Times apparently didn't consider this story important enough to report. Surprised?

Charles Krauthammer's column in the Washington Post yesterday discussed the success of our efforts in Afghanistan, a story you don't hear much about in the mainstream media. Its political agenda requires constant criticism of the President and the U.S. in general, so talk of success won't do. Nowadays, if the media mentions Afghanistan at all, it's to point out that they still grow poppies and the central government's control of the countryside isn't complete. Krauthammer handles these points quite well.

There's an absolutely outstanding letter to the editor in the Washington Post today about the death of Pat Tillman. Written by a man who knows what he's talking about, it concludes:

The reality of Tillman's death is that he was on that desolate ridge in Afghanistan seeking out the murderer of thousands of innocent American civilians. If we are going to assign blame for the tragic loss of this American patriot, let's start and end with Osama bin Laden and his network of terrorists.

The Expatica, from The Netherlands, reports that Amsterdam police have arrested a Moroccan Muslim man who was part of an apparent plot to attack the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Described by the newspaper De Telegraaf as a "radical Moroccan pizza deliverer," he was reportedly "furious at the lack of morals in the prostitution zone." Let's see: Primitive man flees from primitive religious culture to advanced culture he disapproves of and decides to blow up their hookers. Three cheers for unfettered immigration!

Ellen Goodman's column is a must-read. It addresses the case of Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently, this exemplary woman is being prevented from publishing her memoirs in the U.S. because of the bureaucratically stupid application of otherwise reasonable laws. Sounds to me like this is someone we should want to hear from.


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