Friday, April 6, 2007

book review and Iraq war

I'm reading an interview with Rush Limbaugh and Vice President Cheney, about funding and the Iraq war. I've also been reading a book called 'Unholy Alliance' by David Horowitz (subtitled: Radical Islam and the American Left.)

The link to the interview follows, but here's a snippet from it:

"RUSH: You and the president both, have derided the theatrics of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and a number of the Democrats, and I don't know if you're being politic with the statement because I, frankly, need to ask you if you really think it's "theatrics" or is this who they really are? Is this what they really intend: to lose this war, to make sure we come home defeated?

RUSH: Do you understand that?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: That's the fundamental difference.
RUSH: Can you share with us whether or not you understand their devotion, or their seeming allegiance, to the concept of US defeat?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I can't. It seems to me so abundantly clear, Rush, that we really need to prevail in this conflict, that there's an awful lot riding on it. It's not just about Iraq. It's about our efforts in the global war on terror, and that entire part of the world, affects what's going on in Iran where we're trying to make sure they don't develop a nuclear weapon. You can imagine the extent to which the Iranians would be heartened in that effort, if they see us withdraw from Iraq next door."

For the whole interview - see here:

I'm going to pull out one question:
RUSH: Can you share with us whether or not you understand their devotion, or their seeming allegiance, to the concept of US defeat?

And my answer is, I do understand their devotion to the concept of US defeat -- they hate this country and would like nothing better than to see it destroyed. Here's a couple of quotes from the book I mentioned above, and the book answers the question and the whole mindset or thinking is (imho) satanic. There's also a quote by M. Scott Peck about nihilism in my booklet , and it's also a term used in Unholy Alliance. I think the issues are very much related.

These quotes are from the hardcover edition of the book (which I found at my local library while finishing up research for my booklet):
pg. 83 "Patriotism by this tormented logic is associated with opposing one's country rather than supporting it. In other words, precisely the definition of Paul Robeson and Eric Foner." (They re-define words to mean something different than what the rest of us think it means, or what the dictionary definition might be.)
pg.113 "America can do no right. Even the right America does is wrong, and the wrongs America is responsible for are monstrous. This syllogism encompasses the entire logic of the anti-American mind."
pg. 129 "The socialist's faith is in using state power and violent means to eliminate private property and thereby usher in the millennium."

I've only finished 1/2 of the book so far, but since it ties into the interview I was reading, I figured I'd throw this out there, in the event that anyone wants my opinion, it is: Read this book!

p.s. The change in fonts and sizes, etc. is not intentional, I'm still learning this whole blog composition thing. Just putting together and formatting my booklet gave me fits. Advice is welcome!

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