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The first part of Mark Steyn’s fantastic 2006 review. Earlier 2006 quote slabs here and here.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/27/2006 at 08:52 AM
    1. What a year – and Mark Steyn has only got to the end of March

      What I remember best – all the manufactured cartoon rage which then set off the ignorant masses to kill and burn

      From the quotes:

      Denmark! Even if you were overcome with a sudden urge to burn the Danish flag, where do you get one in a hurry in Gaza..?  Say what you like about the Islamic world but they show tremendous initiative and energy and inventiveness, at least when it comes to threatening death to the infidels every 48 hours for one perceived offence or another. If only it could be channeled into, say, a small software company, what an economy they’d have.

      So true sadly

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 12 27 at 10:03 AM • permalink


    1. I love this quote because it is absolutely true:

      A couple of years back, I began some generalization or other by saying, “The difference between America and Canada is…” And the American I was imparting this insight to interrupted me with: “The difference between America and Canada is that Americans don’t care what the difference between America and Canada is.”

      Maclean’s, March 6th

      Posted by David Crawford on 2006 12 27 at 11:24 AM • permalink


    1. This is the quote I like best, and one with which I agree wholeheartedly:

      Yeah yeah, you sneer, what about the only WMD? Sorry. Don’t care. Never did. My argument for whacking Saddam was always that the price of leaving him unwhacked was too high. He was the preeminent symbol of the September 10th world; his continuation in office testified to America’s lack of will, and was seen as such by, among others, Osama bin Laden: in Donald Rumsfeld’s words, weakness is a provocation. So the immediate objective was to show neighboring thugs that the price of catching America’s eye was too high.  (emphasis is mine)

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 27 at 04:40 PM • permalink


    1. #3 Rebecca: That one caught my eye, too. I agree.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 27 at 04:48 PM • permalink


    1. Three years on, unlike Francis Fukuyama and the other moulting hawks, my only regret is that America didn’t invade earlier. Yeah yeah, you sneer, what about the only WMD? Sorry. Don’t care. Never did. My argument for whacking Saddam was always that the price of leaving him unwhacked was too high.

      Period. Full stop. And we didn’t even know how very high that price would have been until after we whacked him.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 27 at 05:17 PM • permalink


    1. A few like minds here, I see.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 27 at 05:18 PM • permalink


    1. Mindless nitpick: Looks like the numbering is a bit off; the two linked quote roundups were both #3.

      Posted by PW on 2006 12 27 at 09:13 PM • permalink


    1. My favourite:

      Remember the conventional wisdom of 2004? Back then, you’ll recall, it was the many members of Bush’s “unilateral” coalition who were supposed to be in trouble, not least the three doughty warriors of the Anglosphere – the President, Tony Blair and John Howard – who would all be paying a terrible electoral price for lying their way into war in Iraq. The Democrats’ position was that Bush’s rinky-dink nickel-&-dime allies didn’t count: The President has “alienated almost everyone,” said Jimmy Carter, “and now we have just a handful of little tiny countries supposedly helping us in Iraq.” (That would be Britain, Australia, Poland, Japan…) Instead of those nobodies, John Kerry pledged that, under his leadership, “America will rejoin the community of nations” – by which he meant Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroder, the Belgian guy…

      Two years on, Bush, Blair, Howard and Koizumi are all re-elected, while Chirac is the lamest of lame ducks, and his ingrate citizenry have tossed out his big legacy, the European Constitution; Gerhard Schroder’s government was defeated… and the latest member of the coalition of the unwilling to hit the skids is Canada’s ruling Liberal Party, which fell from office on Monday. John Kerry may have wanted to “rejoin the community of nations”. Instead, “the community of nations” has joined John Kerry, windsurfing off Nantucket in electric-yellow buttock-hugging Lycra, or whatever he’s doing these days.

      Posted by murph on 2006 12 28 at 04:46 AM • permalink


    1. UPDATE: Steyn’s next set is up, Tim.


      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 12 28 at 11:58 AM • permalink


    1. #9: Thanks, SomeOSeppo, for that great link. There simply is no shrewder observer, or better writer, on the political scene today than Mark Steyn.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 28 at 01:51 PM • permalink


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