Saturday, April 05, 2003 :::
WHAT DOES SADDAM'S REGIME think it is doing, if anything? And where are the Iraqi soldiers, dead or alive? In the fog of war it is deeply uncertain to anyone what is going on, but I'll venture to make a fool out of myself and give you one suggestion. Unless there is a giant October surprise awaiting Allied forces in Baghdad -and this should not be ruled out- my best guess is that Saddam has been wounded to such an extent that he is impotent or unwilling to organize resistance, yet still powerful enough to prevent others from removing him. A few days ago USA Today (no link) reported that an alleged former aid of Saddam's -who lives in Germany now and who allegedly keeps in contact with the regime- says that his sources indicate Saddam is actively preparing a luxurious exile. Time will tell...
OLD EUROPE is still going strong, despite the loss of face it has suffered in many circles during its cosying up to Saddam. This disturbing report on the consequences of the EU's proposed new Constitution should give pause to anyone who loves liberty. It should give pause, therefore, to anyone who hopes that in future America will be able to rely on Britain as opposed to on the axis of weasels. It should particularly give pause to those who would wish to deepen and strengthen the idea of the Anglosphere. Despite Mr Tony Blair's current popularity amongst North American conservatives, it is his attitude to Britain's future in Europe, and not the immediate issue of his attitude to the current Iraqi crisis, that should be the measure of his worth.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003 :::
FOR THOSE OF YOU who like to mix their esoteric academic interests with a healthy portion of human interest, any gossip on the Straussians will be well appreciated. These excerpts from a book of conversations with one of the most brilliant of Leo Strauss's many talented students, the late classicist Seth Benardete, should not be missed, including memories of Allan Bloom and Stanley Rosen.