Monday, April 05, 2004


Peggy Noonan:

The four civilians were not the only Americans who died in Iraq yesterday. We lost five soldiers in a roadside bombing. The statements of American officials in Iraq were appropriate: This stops nothing, the terrorists will not win. A State Department spokesman said the contractors "were trying to make a difference and to help others." Indeed they were. There are many such in Iraq. They are risking their lives for many reasons, including improving the prospects for health and safety of 12-year-old boys like the one quoted by Reuters who witnessed the actions of his elders after the attack on the civilians. "I am happy to see this," he said.
It is hard not to hate the teenagers and young men who celebrated under the bridge where they hanged the charred bodies. They are human expressions of nihilism. They take pleasure in evil, and they were not shy to show it. They are arrogant. They think barbarity is their right.

If this time, in this incident, these young men are left unchecked, their ways and attitudes, their assumptions and method of operating will only be encouraged, and spread. So we had better check them.

Yeah, teenagers always respond to "checking" by a foreigner with a gun.

USA Today says there could possibly be White House tampering with the 911 commission report.

Naw, I don't believe it. Kean must be a partisan hack to say that. What? He's a republican? Traitor.

Tax cuts -- I wanna pay as much as large corporations -- put me in that bracket please. How much did they pay you ask -- absolutely nothing.

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