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A blog by patriotic Brandeis University students who support America, American values, freedom, and democracy world wide.

Saturday, March 29, 2003
The Spanish Foriegn Minister, Ana Palacio, wrote a great piece in today's Wall Street Journal (Opinion Section). It's titled "Allies, Not 'Counterweights' Europe and America should stand together in liberty's defense".

It is a very interesting piece, and I'd just like to share the last line of it: "As our Cervantes had Don Quixote say, liberty is 'one of the most precious gifts heaven has bestowed upon Man. No treasures the earth contains or the sea conceals can be compared to it. For liberty one can rightfully risk one's life' "

Friday, March 28, 2003
I just read this disturbing article regarding an "anti-war teach-in" down at Columbia University....
here's one of the most disturbing parts

At an anti-war "teach-in" this week, a Columbia University professor called for the defeat of American forces in Iraq and said he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" -- a reference to the Somali city where American soldiers were ambushed, with 18 killed, in 1993.

"The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military," Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University told the audience at Low Library Wednesday night. "I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus."

There's more on this story over at National Review Online

This is a very disturbing trend, and call me pessimistic, but I wouldn't put it past some people or professors at Brandeis to express a similar viewpoint. Besides people like Gordie hoping for another Vietnam (note: he's also one on campus pushing former AG Ramsey Clark's camapign to have Bush Impeached---I'm not even gonna bother asking)

Speaking of which, if anyone has spare time, and is patient enough, there is going to be an "anti-war" theater teach -in this sunday. What are the chances opinions like those seen at Columbia would appear at this event?

Update Columbia's President, Lee Bollinger, says that he is "shocked" by the comments..and that's not all
Last week when I and some others were counter-rallying that "anti-war" crowd, one of the signs I had said "United We Stand"; some professor (or staff member) came over to me and began harassing me over the sign...claimng things such as "we're not united", to which I responded, "the most recent polls say that 71% of the American pulbic supports our Iraq policy...and we are united as a nation"....he then claimed "it's a lie" and spewed some other rhetoric before he walked away angry..

Well, according to the most recent polling data reveals that: 78% of Americans support (66 percent “strongly” support) the current policy of taking military action to disarm Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power and 18% oppose; in contrast to last week's polls that showed 71% supported taking military action..

Speaking of the counter-rally, does anyone have any pictures of it?

Thursday, March 27, 2003
We've received some nice email from former members of the Brandeis community in response to this blog; and we're very appreciative of these positive letters. Please keep visiting and reading, and please feel free to leave comments too!

Two people have emailed asking for a "shoutout", so without further to do, here we go:

Rick, who formerly worked in one of the administrative offices here at Brandeis, is the man behind the blog: Smartgenes. He even talked about our blog in one post which can be found here. He is also the author of a great piece of satire about the 'anti-war' movement, titled the "Jane Awards" (as in Jane Fonda--here's the explanation) This seems like something that could occur here at Brandeis, no?

Stephen Silver is an alumnus of Brandeis, who maintains a blog about a variety of different topics. We're even on his blogroll, so we feel compelled to link to his blog. It's full of interesting reading!

Update: The One of the links above wasn't previously working--it's since been fixed :)
I read this great article by AEI scholar Joshua Muravchik on America's friends in "New Europe." It is an account of his visit to several countries in Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Albania, and Romania, who have declared their support for the United States. More importantly, it chronicles the transition from cold war to post-cold war to the war on terror in these countries, particularly majority-Muslim Albania.

In other news, I thought we were going to have more bloggers. Where is everyone?

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
I was just in Kalman (it's a building in the science complex) and there was a sign which caught my eye. There ws one line on fhe sign which caught my eye:

"Hypocracy and ignorance are the hallmarks of political protest at Brandeis"

I couldn't have put it much better myself
From our friends in Yale College Students for Democracy (YCSD) comes this article from their school paper (Tale Daily News):
The anti-war movement's disgusting side

At 11:30 this morning, students and professors will gather in Beinecke Plaza for a rally sponsored by the Yale College Students for Democracy to express support for our troops as they enforce international law by disarming Saddam Hussein and freeing the Iraqi people from a repressive dictatorship. Unfortunately, the Yale antiwar movement is deceiving many students on this campus as to the nature of the rally, or even of its occurrence. On Monday, antiwar students produced and publicly displayed posters and flyers that read, "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: OPPOSE THE WAR." In direct contravention of University regulations, the top of the posters stated the name of the YCSD (as if it were sponsoring the antiwar protest), as well as the time and place of the rally. Over the past two days, advertisements by the YCSD, of which I am a member, have been repeatedly torn down or deliberately covered up by antiwar propaganda. Aside from being a petty exploit to slight the YCSD and hijack the event, this action more importantly cheats the Yale community at large. It speaks a great deal about the state of the antiwar movement

Sadly, this sounds somewhat familiar.....
Having skimmed this week's issue of the Justice, it appears some letter writers and/or editorial columnists, as well as some University professors, still tihnk that Operation Iraqi Freedom is a unilateral action. While I would doubt that they'd listen to me, I'd suggest they read this opinon piece by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor, entitled: The Operation Iraqi Freedom Coalition
And by the way, we're up to 50 nations......

Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Even Dolphins Hate Saddam
The US military has been using dolphins to find sea mines. This is on top of using dogs and bumble bees to find land mines. This is really cool - first of all, these animals have a higher chance to locate these mines than people using machines, but also, using animals helps shield humans from risk. That, and it brings about wonderful conversations like "What's that Flipper? Little Jimmy fell down a sea mine? That doesn't make any sense. Stupid overgrown tunafish!" Did I mention tuna & egg salad is my favorite sandwich? And that I get all my military technology updates from (now defunct) satirewire
For those of you who haven't seen it yet: Professor Kanan Makiya (NEJS), is a leading Iraqi dissident and intellectual, and author of the Democratic Principles Working Group report for the State Department's Future of Iraq Project. He's keeping a "war diary" over at The New Republic, and it's a very interesting read. Here's an excerpt from his most recent entry:

The bombs have begun to fall on Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers have shot their officers and are giving themselves up to the Americans and the British in droves. Others, as in Nasiriyah and Umm Qasr, are fighting back, and civilians have already come under fire. Yet I find myself dismissing contemptuously all the e-mails and phone calls I get from antiwar friends who think they are commiserating with me because "their" country is bombing "mine." To be sure, I am worried. Like every other Iraqi I know, I have friends and relatives in Baghdad. I am nauseous with anxiety for their safety. But still those bombs are music to my ears. They are like bells tolling for liberation in a country that has been turned into a gigantic concentration camp. One is not supposed to say such things in the kind of liberal, pacifist, and deeply anti-American circles of academia, in which I normally live and work. The truth is jarring even to my own ears.

If you want to understand the perceptual chasm that separates how Iraqis view this second Gulf war from how the rest of the Arab-Muslim world views it--or from how these antiwar elites here in Cambridge or, dare I say, in Turtle Bay or Paris or Berlin view it--then you must begin with the war that has already been waged on the people of Iraq by their own regime. Then you will know, horribly, how the explosion of a JDAM can sound beautiful. For Iraqis, the absence of this new American-led war is not the presence of peace.

I highly recommend reading it in its entirety
Everyone--be sure to pick up a copy of this week's Brandies Free Press!
In this week's issue, there are two great political cartoons, as well as two great editorials by UWS members!
The first one, by Rebecca Langer is titled: "Can't we all just get along?"
The second one is by me (shameless self promotion) titled: American Successes in the War On Terror

Also, for those of you reading the Free Press, we'd like to know if you think the paper has too much of a "bias" (be it liberal or conservative). We're looking for feedback...thanks!
According to a recent USA Today poll, 64% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the French. And 54% agreed that France is "stabbing the U.S. in the back."
(courtesy of Pave France)
The latest issue of the Justice is online!
UWS gets mentioned in it! (I'm not sure about any pictures being printed)

In the letters section, the Justice Editorial board is given a lesson in why you shouldn't make false accustations about Israel (great work Zahav!)

Finally,I take Gordie Fellman to task over his false accusations in the last issue of the Justice
Cox and Forkum have done it again!
And to accompany this cartoon: Don't Defy the United Nations—End It.
I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam Hussein

Here's a key quote:

Anyone with half a brain must see that Saddam has to be taken out. It is extraordinarily ironic that the anti-war protesters are marching to defend a government which stops its people exercising that freedom.

Monday, March 24, 2003
I want YOU for the vast Neo-Conservative Zionist Conspiracy. Folks, I'm going to be out of town this week-end, and I just won't have time to maintain my iron grip on the media. Things have already started falling apart, with people leaking our top secret plans left and right. I need your help! This is a once in a life-time chance to join the Zionist Cabal. Act now to secure your birthright!
What songs should we play at the America Party?

(Question shamelessly stolen from campusnonsense).
As usual, Michael Moore appears to be wrong

According to some new polling data from the Washington Post .

More than 70% of Americans currently back the president's decision to go to war, unchanged from the start of the campaign. 71% percent-approve of the way he [Bush] is handling the situation in Iraq, up six percentage points from three days ago and higher than at any time in the past seven months. And Bush's overall job approval rating was unchanged at 68%.

The survey found 95% of Republicans backing the war with Iraq, including 82% who said they "strongly support" the invasion. In contrast, about 60% of Democrats and political independents currently supported the war, with roughly 40% standing in opposition.

The survey found that the protests at home and abroad have done little to affect public opinion on the war-if anything, they have deepened support among those who already favored using military force against Iraq.

70% said the anti-war rallies have not changed their opinion on the conflict. 20% percent-said the protests have made them more likely to back the war, while 7% said it has increased their opposition to the conflict.

60% agreed that the demonstrations were a sign of a healthy democracy, while fewer than 40% said opponents should not demonstrate against the war because it was better for the country to appear united. Only one in six said such protests should not be permitted.

"I have a hard time seeing people protest the war," said Ted Stahl, 40, a metalworker who lives in Jasper, Ga. "I don't have problems with people having the right to voice opinions. But people live in the U.S., a great nation of freedom, and they mock our nation's freedom and our government."

Perhaps we should have some professors here at Brandeis read these numbers, abd this article, no?
I guess I'm probably the only one who didn't watch the Oscars tonight. Perhaps it was a good thing that I missed Moore's tirade.
But it looks like some true patriots came out to the Oscars, as the Oscars were Freeped

Sunday, March 23, 2003
Did anyone else catch Michael Moore's disgusting speech at the Oscars, about our "fictional" president and a war fought for "fictional" reasons? I know another award he would win, hands down: the loudest-mouth-smallest-brain award.
Over at my blog: Do Not Forget--a letter from a Marine
It's a must read
Wise words for dark times...From The Two Towers:

Frodo: I can't do this Sam!
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it's worth fighting for.
When they murdered Israelis, I knew what I must do;
I marched and shouted - that's the price of Zionism, Jew!
On September 11, I knew who was at fault
The root cause is America's giant money vault
Ricin and the British? Didn't make me skittish!
Nor did Bali's Australians resting with the fish.
But the ball, it isn't over and the debutante shall dance
And her sharp eyes have fallen on Germany and France.
I've added some articles to the UWS Articles page, including my most recent Free Press Column: "American Sucesses in the War on Terror".
(The next issue of the Free Press will likely hit campus on Tuesday)
The Axis of Weasels begins to show its true colors: Russian arms dealers have been supplying Iraq with high-tech GPS jamming gear, anti-tank missiles, and thousands of night vision goggles. I wonder how long before we start finding croissant wrappers and empty jars of saurkraat as well? Maybe there'll also be several boxes of left over chinese food in the chemical weapons plant? Saddam should pay attention to his fortune cookies: beware the field of a big bang.
I would also like to point out an article by Mark Goldblatt, posted on National Review Online today. He rebuts nine bumper-sticker anti-war arguments, for the benefit of college students. Not much new, but it's concise and useful for those who don't happen to be news junkies and policy wonks.
Link from Jonah on the Corner to a New York Times article on French anti-Semitism. Again, it's clear that the greatest anti-semitic danger in Europe comes not from the Le Pens of the right, but rather the virulent anti-Israel activists of the left, who tacitly encourage the violence as in this article. Hand in hand with the radical left are elites like Gretta Duisenberg or Daniel Bernard, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom who referred to Israel as a "shitty little country."

Will Europe ever learn?
This is a big story: US Troops capture Chemical Plant (in Iraq) Now how long did the UN inspectors have to search for said plants?
(note: the article is on the Jerusalem post website, which may require a log-in)
Update: Fox News is now reporting on this story (7:36PM)
Okay, well, I've the time to give a good Fisking to our dear German "friend" Rainer, which can be read on my blog here