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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

              Jay In Davos

If you've never read Jay Nordlinger's annual review of the World Economic Forum in Davos, then I strongly encourage you to check out his 6-part series this past week in National Review here, here, here, here, here and here.

A few excerpts for ya:

"Think of Davos as one big, multinational New York Times editorial board, with a dash — or several dashes — of al-Jazeera thrown in."
On Sharon Stone speaking about AIDS:

Finishing up, the actress says, "If we just stopped arrogantly killing people all over the world, and channeled the money into AIDS, we would have a solution."

I imagine that "arrogantly killing people" is an allusion to the War on Terror. And I think for a minute about that phrase, "arrogantly killing people." It seems to me that two experts in arrogantly killing people were the Taliban and the Saddam Hussein regime. I think of Iraq's mass graves, the gassing of all those innocents, the putting of men into industrial shredders, feet-first (so that the torturers could hear the screaming). I think of the routineness of rape, and the cutting out of tongues for dissent, and the children's prisons.

And the Taliban? I'll say it again: There are people in this world — I suspect many of them are here in Davos — who would rather homosexuals be crushed to death by stone walls, bulldozed onto them by decree of sharia, than that they be freed by George W. Bush and the U.S. military.

But "arrogantly killing people": That sums up, better than anything I have heard, the ignorant or malicious Left's view of U.S. operations — operations designed precisely to keep bad people from arrogantly killing people.
On Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of the Lybian dictator:

And what has Gaddafi to say about the future of Israel/Palestine? He seizes on a line that is growing popular in the Arab world, and on the Western left: There's no need for two states; Israel/Palestine should be like South Africa — in which blacks and whites live in harmony; Arabs and Jews should live in harmony in the same way. This is the "final solution," says Gaddafi. (Oops.)

Of course, if Israel/Palestine becomes like South Africa — that means no more Jewish state. Which, of course, is Gaddafi's point.
On Ted Turner (to whom Jay humbly refers as the "Mouth of the South"):

Anyway, about the Mouth: Who could have told you, 20 years ago, that, between Ted Turner and Jane Fonda, Jane would turn out to be the more conservative?
And there's plenty more where that came from.

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