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November 27, 2004

Winston Review, No. 21


When I was a young sub-altern in the South Africa campaign, the water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whiskey. By diligent effort I learned to like it.
- Winston Churchill


We will not win a war against fanatical puritanism by pandering to the puritans in our own ranks. There is plenty we have to say that may offend one another. That is the first and last prerequisite of the liberty for which we fight. If we are not to be intimidated by the men who would saw off ours heads we cannot allow our purpose and our policy to be dictated by those who are afraid of their own shadows. You may eat granola, watch improving documentaries and wag your finger as you wish. I would rather have champagne for breakfast. We shall see who lives longer and who dies happier.

The Winston Review is a Flea-feature intended to offer spirited, uplifting alternatives to the defeatists and apologists of the mainstream media. This week's Review is dedicated to smoking, drinking and loving too much (as if that last were even possible). God bless the spirit of Winston Churchill.


This week in the Red Box:

What did we really find in Fallujah?: Argghhh!!! points to material "that has been hinted about, but not covered in the MSM in serious ways" because, somehow, it isn't news.

Peaceful Guidance in a World of War: Austin Bay talks of prayer and thanksgiving (via Instapundit).

Our shifting 'moderate centre': Babbling Brooks writes: "I don't want Canada to be 'balanced', I want us to be 'fair'. I don't want our government to be 'centrist', I want it to be 'principled'."

Reclaiming lost ideals: Being American in T.O. argues we "urgently need a long overdue assessment of the extent to which Western society has failed Muslim women" (via Absinthe & Cookies).

Blood, knives, cage hint at atrocities: The Chicago Tribune reports from the torture chambers of Mordor (via lgf).

Was Bin Laden's Recent Rhetoric Aimed At America's 'Weakest Links?': The Moderate Voice says the point of OBL's latest video was not demonstrate he is a Michael Moore fan (via Dean's World).

Jacques Chirac : "Les Africains sont joyeux par nature": Le Monde reports a stunningly racist remark by French President Jacques Chirac, "Africans are naturally happy." I have seen no English-language press coverage of this shockingly stupid statement and can only imagine the uproar had anyone else made it (via Merde in France).

Why Iraq?: Professor Bainbridge points to a review of George Friedman's "America's Secret War" and hopes "US policy is this well thought out." Whereas I had thought all this was obvious. Let us hope my confidence is not misplaced.

Interview: Paul Wolfowitz: Radek Sikorski interviews the US deputy secretary of defence.

Trooper John Smith hits the nail squarely: Sondra K argues that "acting as a decent, principled soldier does not mean forgoing ferocity. It does not mean becoming a 90's senso-male."

Your courage. Your cheerfulness. Your resolution.
Will bring us Victory.

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Iraq Part Of America's Secret War from CALIFORNIA YANKEE
The Australian reports that in his new book "America's Secret War" George Friedman contends that although the US believed Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, the WMDs were ultimately "a cover for a much deeper game." According to The [Read More]

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When ugliness assaults beauty . . . from Classical Values
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of... [Read More]

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Happy birthday, Sir Winston! from Being American in T.O.
Nov. 30 - Mike Campbell, Canada's leading Churchill scholar to the blogosphere, advises a dram of good single malt is an acceptable alternative to brandy in celebration of Churchill's 130th birthday. Sir Winston has been in the minds of many... [Read More]

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Sorry for any multiple pings I have sent out! My MT is having hiccups...

Posted by: Flea at November 27, 2004 12:47 PM

I can't figure out how to stop multiple, repeated trackback pinging, and it's extremely embarrassing. But your Churchill post is so good that those repeatedly pinged should feel honored.

Quite right about pandering to the puritans; it's the impure trying to please the pure. (Or satisfying those who by definition are unsatisfiable.)

Posted by: Eric Scheie at November 28, 2004 10:47 AM