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Saturday, March 22, 2003
More e-mails from the Germans ("oooh, I'm so scared...the Germans are mad at me"- Mr. Burns) today. What makes someone send a screed (see below) to random American college students?

Speaking of transatlantic relations, I read Of Paradise and Power by Robert Kagan today. Definitely worth reading. While it may not be as paradigmatic as The End of History or The Clash of Civilizations, it is a timely, erudite essay that concludes Europe, residing in a post-modern Kantian paradise, poses no threat to America's global hegemony. Kagan concludes that "Absent some unforeseen catastrophe--not a setback in Iraq or "another Vietnam," but a military or economic calamity great enough to destroy the very sources of American power--it is reasonable to assume that we have only just entered a long era of American hegemony."

[UPDATE 2] The wonderful Brandeis sysadmin just verified that there was no virus even attached to the e-mail - just and moron acting stupid.
[UPDATE] I ran an anti-virus scan and I am 100% virus free. Hooray for the Brandeis virus filtering system!
Somebody just sent me a virus. I think the Brandies mail system deleted it even before it got to me, but I'll have to double check. The text of the virus message:

Subject: I mean

[expletive]
YOUR
TROOPS

and
[expletive]
AMERICAN
GOVERNMENT

begin LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.txt_vbs
I am a signature virus. Distribute me until the bitter
end

Friday, March 21, 2003
I was at work all day, so I was pretty much out of the loop. And then I come home to this:

8,000 Iraqi sodiers surrender
and several fail to surrender - to reporters
Iraqis in Safwan cheer US troops
The radio says that US ground troops have moved 100 miles into Iraq from the south

I am shocked and awed. Three cheers for the US military! I knew you could do it.....but not this fast!
Also on NRO today is an excellent Rod Dreher piece about the rifts the war is producing between Americans. The venom of the anti-war movement, displayed so despicably in San Francisco yesterday, is shocking, but not surprising.

Speaking of venom, check out this e-mail sent to several of us campus "hawks" (though I hesitate to use that loaded phrase) from someone named "Rainer" with a German e-mail address:

"Oh yes, united you stand. Seems a little bit small, the "coalition of the willing".
The 250 Kuwaiti princes, Tony "Poodle" Blair (who is the most hated British politician since Henry VIII), the government of Papua-New Guinea, the prime minister of Albania (he`s a true mafioso, he`s doing everything for money, everyone can rent him). Mr. Berlusconi and Mr. Aznar have 90% of the population not on their side. There is not a single country in the word, where a majority of the people
is supporting the politics of the present US-administration in the Iraq-case.
I came back from the Philippines last week. The poorest street-kids in the slums of Manila wouldn`t take a chewing-gum from me, because they thought, that I was US-citizen.
Maybe, the US-Army will win the war against Iraq. Maybe the Rumsfelds and Cheneys and their buddies from the great oil companies will lay their hands on the oil wells of Iraq. And then? Bringing "democracy" by B-52`s to Iran? Or to Lybia? Or to France? Or to North Corea? Or -let`s wait and see- destroying all those weapons of mass destruction in .....China? Wolfowitz proclaims China as the upcoming sworn enemy of the US.
Oh yes, united you stand.
There was so much solidarity here in Europe after the terrible events on 9/11. We gathered with our american friends, we donated money, we sent e-mails to the families in New York.
The Bush-administration has destroyed the strong ties of solidarity between the people of the world and the USA by going into a cruel ,unjust, unlegitimated war against Iraq.
Maybe you are feeling like strong emperors, that will conquer the whole world, just to bring all people the benediction of the "american way of life". You will have to learn, that most of the people of the world won`t be benedicted by american bombs, tomahawks, cruise missiles, tanks, B52´s,
tiny tactical nueclear bombs and other nice stuff, just to make them part of your world of free enterprise.
It´s a lesson of history: All empires rise - decline - fall - and finally vanish. It will take it`s time, but it`s like nature`s law. Donald Rumsfeld (by the way, RUMSFELD is german origin and means
"field of a big bang", isn`t that funny ?) proclaims the "american century" , but serious scientists proclaim, that the EMPIRE is beginning to fall and the emperor hasn`t got no clothes.

When I read you`re articles with those strong sentences ("We are the greatest", "God`s own country", "Our boys will do their job", "Noone will ever force us", "Two behavious; to be with us or to be against us" .....) I feel a certain fear behind those words of thunder.
Why is there so much fear inside of you ? Is your EMPIRE so weak, that you have to put more than 2000 innocent people of arabic origin into jail for more than a year without any possibility of judical assistance? Is your EMPIRE so weak, that you allow all your secret services to controll
in public libraries, what kind of books the people read ? Is your self-consciousness so cracked, that you tear down even all the waste paper baskets in the Yellowstone National Park, just to prevent
the dropping of the "dirty bomb" by some kind of terrorists ?
Yes, united you stand - but it`s getting lonely around you - this wonderful world turns away from you and you don`t realize it. But that`s the problem: Isolated people get first sad, later furious and at last dangerous.

Last question: Is any one of you upper class students serving in the army ? Or do you do it like George W. Bush and leave that bloody job to the sons and daughters of the poor ? And during that bloody war you make yourself some good days at student`s break in Mexico ?

Have some nice days and don`t drink so much."

I guess we should be thankful that for once the Germans are advocating peace, however misguidedly.

Good news on the homefront:
Stocks Gain; Dow Has Best Week Since 1982

Gallup Poll: 76% of Americans approve of decision to go to war

So would someone like to tell me, doesn't this look like democracy in action?
It looks like Jonah Goldberg agrees with our pro-America rally yesterday, as his latest column (a.k.a "G-file") is called: "Antiwar Shame"

The "Shock and Awe" campaign is about to begin in Iraq.
G-d bless the pilots of the USAF and the Navy who will likely be taking part in these raids.
May they return to their staging locations safely and victoriously.



In other news, apparently Iraq doesn't like biased news, as CNN has been expelled



On the topic of "awe", here is a beautiful awe inspiring picture of a US Marine raising the US Flag at the main Iraqi port city of Umm Qasr. It is a beautiful picture. Semper Fi!!!



Also in the news, some good news from the "Iranian Street" an from Iraqi-Americans



Visit the United We Stand--News page and look at our most recent appearences in the media. Especially look at yesterday's Waltham Herald-Tribune.



Finally, today is Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, Birthday! As some of us here at Brandeis Vanguard as big Jonah Goldberg aficionados, I think it's appropriate to send along our regards to him. He's turning 34. You may also know him as the man who made the line from the Simpsons to desrcibe the French: "Cheese eating Surrender Monkeys" popular again. Happy Birthday Jonah!

Okay--to all of you who thought Blix and his inspectors would actually be successful, the following ran on NPR
and has been blogged by Lileks


5:17 PM News report: Hans Blix admits that he would have never have found all the WMD. Thanks, Hans. Much obliged. I’m guessing that he was paid by the week, not by the discovery; if we’d given him a bonus for Finding Stuff, and the bonus exceeded what he would have made in a year of desultory squinting, we might have had the material breach in week one.


No response yet from Jacques ChIraq or any other die-hard UN supporters.....

Thursday, March 20, 2003
Thank you so much to everyone who showed up today! We had a really successful table - we got over 250 signatures to get our club chartered, more than 160 people signed our petition to support our president and our country, and we distributed over 450 ribbons. We had all sorts of people come up to our table - people who were completely supportive of the President and his decision to go to war, people who just wanted to support our troops, students, graduate students, Usdan staff, and potential new members!

Ribbons went really fast and towards the end we had to get creative - when the pins ran out, Dahlia, Tova, Josh and I braided red white & blue ribbon together! Also, Josh, Lenard, Jon, Brandy and several others lead a patriotic march - with flags and signs - through the anti-war rally. Alwina had to interrupt her speech to recognize us. Later things got a little ugly - several of the people stayed around the rally waving flags and were called "freaks" by Gordy Fellman - so we know we're doing something right. We also collected several letters of support for our soldiers - I am really excited about having a table devoted just to that - I think we will collect a lot of letters!
"On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war. These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. More than 35 countries are giving crucial support — from the use of naval and air bases, to help with intelligence and logistics, to the deployment of combat units. Every nation in this coalition has chosen to bear the duty and share the honor of serving in our common defense."

Can we finally put the "U" word to rest?
A Soldier's Letter to NION

March 18, 2000.

Members of International A.N.S.W.E.R.;

Signatories of Not In My Name; and

Citizens of the United States of America:

With the impending military action in Iraq I felt compelled to write this letter. As a member of the United States military I regret to inform you that, regardless of your race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, political ideology, or any other delimiter, the actions that will take place against Iraq will be fully, undeniably, and irrevocably IN YOUR NAME. Despite of your signature on a piece of paper, this statement remains true.

In my fifteen years of service in the U.S. Navy (8.5 years active duty, balance reserve) I have raised my right hand six time to swear "that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States". That wonderful document which covers us, protects us, enables our way of life. The constitution provides our rights, sets our standards of law, and importantly in this context gives the President of the United States the power to set the foreign policy.

The constitution also provides the method of electing the President, and designates him as Commander in Chief of the military. I have also sworn "that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States", I do not have to like the president, I do not have to agree with his policy. I have served under four men holding that office, and made no distinction between them. When the President sets the military in action he does so by the power given him by the constitution and the people of the U.S. As a service member the President through the constitution ultimately directs my actions, the resulting action is therefore proscribed by the constitution. If you consider yourself a citizen of this country willfully covered by the Constitution, all military action is therefore In Your Name.

I know you might disagree with that statement, you may not like that statement, but the members of the armed forces will proudly serve in the name of all Americans. We will continue to provide you with security, with your freedoms, and your rights even if you do not like how, when or why we do.

Respectfully,

Stanley J. Wolczyk III

Petty Officer First Class U.S.N.R.
(From Front Page Magazine)
I would like to note that I was not applauding war per se, but rather President Bush's resolve and determination to defend the United States. I quote William Tecumseh Sherman on war: “You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace.”

I am convinced that this is perhaps the most accurate description of the American way of war ever expressed. We are slow to anger, reluctant to engage in the cruelty that is war, but if it becomes necessary, we will fight.

From our friends at Zahav:

I actually would like to encourage everyone to go extra classes. Just walk around all day and sit in, even if your not in the class. If your professor is participating in the walk out, be bold, teach his class for him.
Ari

Way to go Ari! This guy is good - I've only gotten two e-mail from him, and I've had this incredible urge to forward both of them to everyone I know. Somebody please convince him to blog for us. Please!
Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

Yesterday evening, our country has launched its first strike in the war to disarm Iraq and free its people. United We Stand hopes that victory will come quickly and that there will be as few American and Iraqi casualties as possible. Our group will have a table in Usdan tomorrow (Thursday, March 20th) from 9AM-5PM. You can come pick up ribbons, write letters of support to our troops, sign petitions, or just come to talk. The upcoming weeks and months will be difficult times for all of us, regardless of how we feel about the war. We encourage everyone to attend class, go to work, and to go about your daily activities as much as possible. While our troops do their job, it is up us to do ours.

May G-d protect our troops, our President, his advisors, and all Americans and freedom-loving people of the world,

United We Stand

Wednesday, March 19, 2003
"God bless America and her allies, their troops and the Commander in Chief and our other leaders"
I think I made the anti-war people angry.

As luck would have it, I ended up watching President Bush's address with the anti-war coalition in the Shapiro TV room. They were silent as the President announced the start of the campaign, and as the speech concluded, I applauded the vision and resolve of President Bush and then departed. Needless to say, I was the only one in the room applauding.

On a serious note, I hope for our troops to return home safely. I respect them more than words can express for their dutiful service to America. May God bless our soldiers, our President, his advisors, and last but not least, America.
Re: "Jews for Jesus" speaker on campus

Apparently BCF has invited a major leader of the "Jews for Jesus" organization (a missionary group) to come speak here at Brandeis and this has raised an uproar within the large Jewish community here at the school. Hillel is holding a meeting Wed. night at 8PM about this event, as it irks many people here on campus, myself included. I respect BCF's right to bring speakers to campus, however, I personally think that this was a poor decision on their part, and an inconsiderate gesture towards many in the Jewish community (if they were aware of this beforehand is another question).
United We Stand is featured in the Washington Post
And We've also made it onto Instapundit!
A funny thing happened in class yesterday.....I was sitting in English class and the professor was lecturing about one of the characters in The Sweet Hereafter. She wanted to point out how stupid the character was, so she said "he is as short sighted as Bush who wants short term gain at the cost of long term consequences...." It was a throw away comment - a simile to illustrate her point. I interrupted the lecture (there were only 3 other students in the room, so I don't feel particularly brave) and told her that I objected....and....get this.....to my complete surprise....she apologized! I feel bold. I feel empowered. I feel that I am about to embark on a crusade to protect the honor of conservative students everywhere. Seriously though, when professors say things like that they insult their students and give the impression they consider anyone who disagrees with them an idiot. I think it is time we started standing up for ourselves and not let remarks like that go unchallenged - they are out of line and inappropriate in a classroom. The next time you hear one of your professors drop such a "bon mot" you should interrupt the class and demand an apology.
War and Peace

Supporters of the President's decision to forcefully disarm Iraq have been seen waving peace signs at rallies. "We can't let the anti-war crowd hijack the peace symbol," an activist explained. "We support peace through disarming bloodthirsty dictators."

"Hey hey! Ho ho! In the name of peace Saddam Hussein has got to go!" chants a group of college students.

It has been reported that CSF (Conservative Shadowy Figures) are planning ways to incorporate the Palestinian flag into anti-terrorism demonstrations.
From Rush Limbaugh:


When I say that ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force, what you have to consider is that 9-11, the bombing of the USS Cole, the Marine barracks in Beirut, and the 1993 World Trade Center, was the aggressive use of force by our enemies against us – and we are finally now responding.

Wars never come about because we are too strong. It is weakness that invites others to provoke us. Ronald Reagan understood this spot on.

In fact, I want to share two quotes from Ronaldus Magnus that I find very telling given the current climate.

"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies. ... None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong. It is weakness ... that invites adventurous adversaries to make mistaken judgments."

Then there’s this from 1994 – Reagan’s 83rd birthday celebration in Washington. Just see if this isn't prescient.

"The Democrats may remember their lines, but how quickly they forget the lessons of the past. I have witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over Kuwait or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon, will we be ready to respond? In the end it all comes down to leadership, and that's what this country is looking for now."

If you want to know what leadership is, if you've had questions or doubts about what leadership is, you're witnessing it right now with our president. Can you imagine if somebody like Clinton were still in office or, God forbid, Gore or some of these pretenders that are seeking the Democratic crown? Can you imagine what would be going on if one of those guys were actually running the country now?


Cross posted on JawsBlog
"The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty." --Abraham Lincoln, describing liberty

Lincoln made it clear who the sheep was and who the wolf was. It is equally important to recognize who the liberator is.

Those who march against the U.S. and the U.K. today, those who condemn Bush and Blair and remain silent when it comes to Saddam, are in league with the wolf’s view that the shepherds are destroying liberty. The people of Iraq will soon know what Afghanis know. The true wolf was devouring Afghanis, the true shepherd saved them.


This is a quote found in a column over at Fox News titled: Why We Must Fight — and Now! by William J. Bennett, chairman of Americans for Victory Over Terrorism, is a former secretary of Education and the author of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism
Josh, I like the random citation of my quote in the Justice. What do you think of it personally?

[Update] link to quote -- Mira 8-)
The following letter was sent out to the student body today, and over 20 people have written to respond to it.
However, there have been two responses in particular which have stood out, and I've posted them on my blog.
The first one is located here and the second, extremely strange one can be found here.
Anyone have any comments?

Tuesday, March 18, 2003
What do you all think of the line:

"engaging in ideological guerrilla warfare"
Unliateralism? No, not really. The UK House of Commons just voted to support war 412-149-
This comes on the same day when Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that 30 countries are in the "Coalition of the Willing", with another 15 supporting the coalition, but don't want recognition. And no, France isn't one of the 15.
From the Jerusalem Post (Free registration required)

A Jerusalem hotel has decided to honor the US president's commitment to bring an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein and has temporarily changed its name to the "George W. Bush Hotel" on Tuesday.

A statement released by the former Jerusalem Gold hotel said that in light of Bush's decision to launch the war on Iraq, they were saluting the "leader of the free world."
Some key quotes from President Bush's address this evening:

"Many nations, however, do have the resolve and fortitude to act against this threat to peace, and a broad coalition is now gathering to enforce the just demands of the world. The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities, so we will rise to ours."

"This is not a question of authority, it is a question of will."

"We are now acting because the risks of inaction would be far greater"

"The cause of peace requires all free nations to recognize new and undeniable realities. In the 20th century, some chose to appease murderous dictators whose threats were allowed to grow into genocide and global war."

"The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed."

Monday, March 17, 2003
Finally, what we've all been waiting for: Star Spangled Ice Cream


Star Spangled Ice Cream als proudly donates 10 percent of our profits to charities that support the men and women of the US Armed Forces.
I just got in from class, and it looks like the anti-war clubs here on campus have done some flyering some sign posting.
Besides the fact that I've read some of the most absurd slogans (which make me think of this cartoon) .

But what really irked me, besides the fallacies on these signs (which may be discussed later), was one in particular: "..the War will Fail".
In my eyes, this is where the line is crossed between being anti-war and being Anti-America.
It is one thing to disagree; but it is another to root against your country and in essence for our enemy. I personally find this kind of act and anti-American attitude very disturbing and shameful; and if this is the mainstream attitude, one of Anti-Americanism, that our school's anti-war organization is going to take (note: this is an if), they should be ashamed of themselves..
Reminder to those at Brandeis: On the first day of war, United We Stand will be distributing Yellow and Red, White And Blue ribbons for students to show their support for our troops.


yellow ribbon
Breaking news: No vote on an 18th resolution at the UN Security Council. Apparently Blix and El-Baradei are calling for the removal of inspectors from Iraq. The UN has basically become irrelevant.
President Bush will be adressing the nation tonight at 8PM (EST)

Sunday, March 16, 2003
Moshe Feiglin has written a great op-ed piece titled Why Are They Stripping in wihch he asks why "anti-war" protesters are taking their clothes off to demonstrate. Here's an excerpt from this piece:


Not to fight against evil means joining it. To say that war is always evil is an immoral statement that advances the cause of evil. There is nothing more moral than a justified war. Those who say that war is in itself immoral are casting off one of the foundations of morality. It´s only a short step from there to casting off the basic moral foundations of all civilized people who assume them naturally. "Make love not war" - they propose that we descend to the moral level of monkeys.

I encourage reading the whole thing.
Cross posted at IsraPundit and JawsBlog
The Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan has written a piece in which he wonders why the Left are ignoring the facts of Baathist terror:

“For the Kurds, weapons of mass destruction are not about dry accounting; they are tools of practical repression. Chemical weapons have been used against us more than 200 times.”

It should also be noted that this weekend marks the 15th anniversary of Saddam's attack against the Kurds in Halabja.
"Tomorrow is the day we determine if diplomacy will work," says President Bush from the Azores.