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     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Steven Den Beste on what should be next in the War on Terror.

Let it be said up front, Steven has spent a lot more time studying strategy than I have. Also, I agree with his characterization of Saudi Arabia as our ultimate target, his description of the problems we face, and what will eventually have to happen one way or another. Where I disagree with him is the timing: I see no reason for a confrontation (at least, not a public confrontation) with the House of Saud just yet. In my opinion, the next thing that needs to happen is the extirpation of the murderous theocracy in Iran, preferably by a popular uprising deliberately and publicly triggered by us. The fall of the mullahcracy would offer a number of important lessons, not to be lost on the Wahhabi stewpot. While I see little chance that the House of Saud will clean up its own act, little chance is not the same as no chance, and I see no reason to force now what, with a little patience, might later on require no more than, shall we say, strong encouragement. And let's not forget, while Saudi Arabia is our ultimate target, Iran is an enemy in its own right, and not exactly innocent on the wellspring-of-terror front. Also, just as gravy, dead Iranian mullahs would be less in a position to pour agitators over the borders into Iraq and Afghanistan.

On another note: What the Middle East needs, just now, is a Ceaucescu moment. Photographs of dead Tikritis aren't enough; what is needed is endless videotape playbacks of just how they got that way. If the Hussein family isn't up to the task of supplying such footage, perhaps the Ayatollahs will oblige. On that same note, the bodies of Uday and Qusay should first be displayed in public a la Mussolini, and then turned over to the mob, along with a few free videocameras, copying gear, and plenty of blank tapes.

-- posted by Clayton 7/25/2003 09:45:00 PM

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