Howard And Costello Hit Most Of The Right Notes
A general response to readers who have misunderstood this post:
I have not once said I was happy with Rudd, not once gloated here or anywhere over Howard's end. Nor have I predicted that Rudd would be just as firm on Islam inside Australia. I hope he will be, but that is different from saying that he will be. Why does an article that suggests that keeping 500 troops in Iraq was a bad idea, if one agreed that keeping Howard in power, in order to keep Australia on the same course in dealing with Islam outside of Iraq, keep getting misinterpreted as gloating, as taking delight? I don't know anything about Rudd, but I was despondent at the news because I thought it important for anti-Jihad purposes to have Howard, and then Costello, in power in order to deal properly with Muslim aggression and Muslim demands inside Australia.
Of course I'm apprehensive. Among the world's so-called leaders, those in high office, Howard and Costello were the two who sounded the right note, or closest to it, about Islam.
And I'm furious that he was brought down, at least in large part, by his wrong-headed loyalty, not to the Western alliance or the United States -- I'm all for that -- but to an American administration pursuing a policy that, from the viewpoint of American national interests, and Infidel interests in what is not a "long war" but an endless conflict, requiring an intelligent husbanding rather than squandering of resources, and cunning deployment of those resources, including that which locates, recognizes, and exploits weaknesses in the enemy camp. Iraq is not about that. Iraq is about naiveté (great faith in those plausible Shi'a in exile -- Ahmad Chalabi would take over, and we could all get out)) , ignorance about Islam and about Iraq ("I thought there were Muslims in Iraq - Bush, upon hearing mention of "the Sunnis and the Shi'a"), sentimentalism ("bringing freedom" to "ordinary moms and dads in the Middle East"), arrogant messianism (everyone wants "free markets" and everyone wants to be just like America), and a failure of mind and of will to see that the problem with Iraq and other Muslim countries is not the absence of "democracy." The problem is Islam.
Posted on 11/25/2007 5:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald