Thursday, October 12, 2006

She hasn't proposed that the UN building be blown up and the entire world body be moved to Dick Cheney's bunker under his supervision -- at least not yet -- but National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez has now argued, in all seriousness, that George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and Spain's Jose Maria Aznar would make swell secretaries-general of the UN. You remember Aznar, the guy whose defeat at the polls we were supposed to be so upset about, because it was widely believed to have been brought about by terrorist train bombers (despite quite a bit of evidence to the contrary). Well, K-Lo likes Aznar for SecGen because after the Pope's Regensburg speech provoked a violent reaction, he said: "We are living in a time of war.... It’s them or us. The West did not attack Islam, it was they who attacked us."

Not "Islamic extremists" or "Islamicist" -- "Islam." "Islam" attacked us. Yeah, that's the way to win friends and influence people.

And here's what else he said at the same time:

"I support Ferdinand and Isabella," he proclaimed, in reference to the medieval Catholic monarchs who drove Muslims out of Spain in 1492.

That would be the same Ferdinand and Isabella who, in addition to driving Muslims out, also expelled the Jews from Spain.

Yeah, brilliant choice.

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