Monday, March 27, 2006

Making the case for "To Hell with Afganistan" hawks


In the new issue of the National Review Richard Lowry addresses "The ‘To Hell with Them’ Hawks" who he describes as "conservatives who are comfortable using force abroad, but have little patience for a deep entanglement with the Muslim world, which they consider unredeemable, or at least not worth the strenuous effort of trying to redeem" and wh "want to detach Bush’s Jacksonianism from his Wilsonianism." According to Lowry, this "tendency is problematic and, in its own way, as na├»ve and unrealistic as Bush at his dreamiest." In another conservative magazine, I've discussed the rising anger among conservatives over the Global Democracy project here and suggested why the plans to "democratize" the Middle East are unrealistic and are not advancing U.S. interests here. I think that the recent I-cannot-believe-this reaction in the U.S. and the West to the news
about the Afghan man who had been facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity certainly reflects the attitude that Lowry is criticizing. As I pointed out in my article, most of the "Jacksonian conservatives" or Lowry's "‘To Hell with Them’ Hawks" supported Bush's decision to invade Afghanistan in order to capture and kill the SOB's behind 9/11 and not to spread democracy in that country. Now Osama and Company remain free and we're protecting with blood and treasure a country where converting to Christianity a.k.a freedom of religion results in a death sentence (and let's not even get into a discussion of Iraq here). What is the most amazing part of this story is that there hasn't been even one tiny little demonstration or protest in Afghanistan (or elsewhere in the Moslem world) against this death sentence (and there will be many demonstration after the guy is freed).

At the movies

I saw Spike Lee's Inside Man over the weekend and was thinking of writing something about it, but then I read Steve Sailer's review:

Good movie. It's a heist flick with Clive Owen playing the genius bankrobber who takes 50 hostages, Denzel Washington as the NYPD negotiator who slowly figures out the bankrobber has memorized the police manual that he's been working from, and Jodie Foster in a supporting role as a shady fix-it lady for the rich powerful who is hired by the owner of the bank (Christopher Plummer) to prevent the bankrobbers from getting incriminating documents in the vault. Meanwhile, every ethnicity in New York is barking amusing insults at each other. My wife says, "It's 'Crash' with a plot." More

Since Steve raised the comparison between Spike Lee and Woody Allen, let me just add that critics of the first have accused the black New Yorker of highlighting negative streotypes of Jews in some of his movies (notably the Jewish characters in Mo' Better Blues), while others complained that the Jewish New Yorker hasn't included any leading black characters in his films. So I suppose that after Inside Man where blacks and Jews are allied in an effort to uncover plots by rich WASPS with ties to Nazis and following Woody Allen'sMelinda and Melinda where Chewital Ejiofor plays an an interesting (and complex) black character we could expect the two working together on a co-production (Not!).