The Echo Chamber
Thursday, March 27, 2003
  11:44 AM

Why is France Repairing Their Vandalized Statue?

Yesterday French vandals attacked a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Bordeaux, France along with a plaque honoring victims of September 11.

Both monuments are being repaired. But why?

Lady Liberty's head and face were scorched by fire and her eyes were doused with red paint to make it appear she is weeping blood. The rays from Liberty's head are intended to represent the majesty and enlightenment offered by freedom. Now these rays have been burned by those who hate everything the United States stands for.

What better representation for the French is there than this dark distortion? This is the "Statue of Appeasement." Appeasement brings the scorched darkness of tyranny and bloodshed. Leave it like it is, France. It serves to clarify how you as a nation feel today about the values you once celebrated. The United States hasn't stopped loving liberty, YOU have.

In case you think I'm being too hard on the French, please read this article from today's New York Sun, "How France Blocked U.S. In Ankara." The central point:

The French and German governments informed the Turkish opposition parties that if they voted to help the Coalition war effort, Turkey would be locked out of Europe for a generation. As one Turkish leader put it, "there were no promises, only threats."

---Hat Tip to Instapundit.

This goes beyond obstinance. The French are risking the lives of our soldiers in an effort to oppose the liberation of Iraq. They would rather the Iraqis live under the heel of Saddam's boot forever so long as France profits via black market oil imports and black market weapons exports. The French are despicable.
---Hat Tip to Hootinan.


Wednesday, March 26, 2003
  3:31 PM

Here's a neat little hacker's trick for watching the Iraqi news channel on your P.C.

Broadband required. 

  10:59 AM

Thoughts About the Sandstorm

Some Iraqis are viewing this freak sandstorm as a sign that God is fighting for them.

"The storm is from God," he said, looking out his trembling window. "Until the aggression started, never in my life did I see a storm like this. We all believe in God, we all have faith in God. And God is setting obstacles against the Americans."
Certainly the storm is about as bad as it gets in that part of the world. Fox News reported 50 mile per hour winds sandblasting our troops and equipment.

But there are perhaps some good things that can come from this storm. The storm has slowed fighting to the point that many of our soldiers are able to get some sleep. Maintaining a 22-hour day works for a few days, but this quickly becomes unsustainable. The opportunity to get even four or five hours of sleep could vastly improve our soldier’s fighting ability.

Even in the middle of the storm, fighting has not ceased completely. And when there is an engagement, we are winning it decisively. If the Iraqi leadership thought the storm would negate our technological edge, they were wrong.

For the men who have to sit out in it, this storm is going to affect morale. The Iraqi forces are already suffering from low morale while the coalition forces believe in what they are fighting for and are confident in the ultimate outcome. Advantage – good guys.

A related point involves wear and tear on equipment – both our equipment and Iraqi equipment. Sand blasting is not good for moving parts, but our equipment is newer and is better maintained. The storm is bound to damage Iraqi equipment more than ours.

Lastly, as the storm begins to slack off, our forces will have the opportunity to launch an upwind attack on an enemy believed to be armed with chemical weapons. It appears that coalition forces are setting themselves up to engage Iraqi forces located on the west of Baghdad from west to east – with prevailing winds. Hopefully the Republican Guard will see that deploying chemical weapons upwind is suicide via blow-back. As the late great Jim Croce has said, “you don’t spit into the wind.”

I’ll not presume to say that God sent the sandstorm to aid the coalition. But I’m in agreement with President Bush:

“The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2003
  11:34 AM

Can somebody tell me what I pay you people for? All I asked for was sharks with fricken lazer beams coming out of their foreheads!

Click on picture for link to story 

  9:41 AM

Human Shield Grows A Brain

From UPI:

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill...

Monday, March 24, 2003
  8:24 PM

High Ranking Iraqi Prisoners Found With Cipro

Cipro, of course, is one of the antibiotics used to treat inhalation anthrax. This little tidbit of information is found at the very bottom of this CBS News story. Here's a question for the "peace" activists: "You suppose the Cipro was given to protect these leaders from American anthrax?"

-hat tip LGF

  2:05 PM

Vehicles drive towards a cloud of black smoke in Baghdad, Monday March 24, 2003. Oil fires ring the city as a defense against incoming U.S. missiles and bombs. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Vehicles drive towards a cloud of black smoke in Baghdad, Monday March 24, 2003. Oil fires ring the city as a defense against incoming U.S. missiles and bombs. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
And somewhere right now "environmentalists" are marching for Saddam. 

Sunday, March 23, 2003
  12:02 AM

A U.S. Marine A10 pilot flexes as he taxis for takeoff from a base in Kuwait March 22, 2003.  The U.S. and Britain unleashed their first daylight air strikes on Baghdad on Saturday after pounding it with a fearsome night blitz. (Russell Boyce/Reuters)

Godspeed Marine. 

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