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January 24, 2005

Not that it really matters...

Michael Moore, political visionary. (Small Gloat: But not Oscar Nominee)

After all the leader of Moore's Minutemen, has openly declared himself an enemy of the democratic process in any form - and especially in a form that might allow a majority of the people in a region to have some voice...

Al-Zarqawi said (quoted in The Telegraph):

"We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it," the speaker, who was identified as Zarqawi, said.

These are the people, of whom Michael Moore sez:

The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush? You closed down a friggin' weekly newspaper, you great giver of freedom and democracy! Then all hell broke loose. The paper only had 10,000 readers! Why are you smirking?

Of course, this is apparently what Moore supports for electioneering...

Insurgents in a town in central Iraq made a gruesome billboard threat to behead Iraqis who take part in next weekend's elections, warning they will use ink thumb prints to be issued at polling stations to target voters.

In an article quoted on Moore's website, from The Nation, comes this observation:

In the run-up to the January 30 election in Iraq, the prospects for a fair and credible outcome have steadily diminished. As Dexter Filkins of the New York Times reported, rather than the normal democratic ritual of voters and candidates, what Iraqis know is "a campaign in the shadows, where candidates are often too terrified to say their names. Instead of holding rallies, they meet voters in secret, if they meet them at all. Instead of canvassing for votes, they fend off death threats." Filkins further reported: "Of the 7,471 people who have filed to run, only a handful outside the relatively safe Kurdish areas have publicly identified themselves. The locations for the 5,776 polling places have not been announced, lest they become targets for attacks."

These are your "Minutemen" Mr. Moore. Proud of them, are ya?

I, for one, am a member of the school that says al-Zarqawi is cutting his own throat here... especially if the Shia and Kurds stand firm. Hey, what comes out of this may not be an unequivocally US-friendly nation... but then, neither is France, and even France is preferable to a Wahabist dictatorship. Or a Ba'ath one. Not to mention in general better for the bulk of the population than Sunni rule has been.

And as for self-perceived demi-gods, I think al-Zarqawi is confused with the man in the mirror.

"Candidates in elections are seeking to become demi-gods while those who vote for them are infidels. And with God as my witness, I have informed them (of our intentions)."

But then, if Mr. Moore supports those guys - one wonders if he'll be setting up a defense fund for these guys? At least their use of knives isn't quite as messy as the Iraqi Minutemen. (Or is that minute (as in my-nute*) men... though we know that's not Mike!)

Of course, Mr. Moore is not alone, as William Web points out in this post at his blog.

Northeastern University professor Shahid Alam has aroused controversy this week by likening the 9/11 killers to the Founding Fathers. After recounting some details of the establishment of "a sovereign but slave-holding republic, the United States of America," Alam declared: "On September 11, 2001, nineteen Arab hijackers too demonstrated their willingness to die -- and to kill -- for their dream. They died so that their people might live, free and in dignity."

You should read the whole thing, if only for a slightly more balanced look at what Alam said, and his bewilderment that people don't agree with him.

Sigh. And then they wonder why only their friends take them seriously.


And, of course, if you'd like a more succinct and less rambling effort at this... try Don Sensing over at One Hand Clapping!