Saturday, 12 July 2008

LETTING THE UN DO ITS WORK: ZIMBABWE

Ken Berwitz

Remember that line when we invaded Iraq (after 12 years of saddam laughing at 16 different UN resolutions, and leading inspectors on a countrywide wild goose chase for wmd's?)  "Let the UN do it's work".

Well here is another episode of the UN doing its work, courtesy of Reuters.  This time it is in Zimbabwe, where the people are literally starving in the streets and democratic elections were ignored::

Zimbabwe: Sanctions failure a win over racism

China, Russia vetoed U.N. resolution pushed by Britain and the U.S.

updated 2 hours, 40 minutes ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe on Saturday welcomed the failure of a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution to impose sanctions over its violent presidential elections, calling it a victory over racism and meddling in its affairs.

Russia and China on Friday vetoed the resolution, which would have imposed an arms embargo on the southern African country and financial and travel restrictions on President Robert Mugabe and 13 other officials.

Britain said Russias veto was incomprehensible, while Russia said sanctions would have set a dangerous precedent of political interference. Russia, China and regional powerhouse South Africa said the resolution would have hurt dialogue between the ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition.

We are very happy with the turn of events and would like to thank those who helped defeat international racism disguised as multilateral action at the U.N., Zimbabwean Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told Reuters.

The principles of non-interference into the sovereign affairs of a U.N. member state have been upheld. What has the U.N got to do with member states elections?, he said.

Zimbabwes opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in a March 29 presidential election but failed to get enough votes to avoid a second ballot.

Tsvangirai withdrew from the run-off poll held on June 27, citing attacks on his supporters by pro-Mugabe militia. His and Western powers branded Mugabes landslide re-election a sham.

The Movement for Democratic Change is now in preliminary talks with ZANU-PF under the auspices of South African mediators, but has refused to negotiate a power-sharing deal until the government halts the bloodshed. The opposition says 113 of its supporters have been killed.

South Africas government applauded the U.N. decision on Saturday, in line with an African Union resolution to encourage dialogue between ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change instead.

It is our considered view that imposing sanctions would indeed have impacted negatively on the current dialogue process among Zimbabwean political parties, it said in a statement.

Millions of people have fled to neighboring states including South Africa to escape an economic meltdown in Zimbabwe, which has led to widespread shortages, 80 percent unemployment, and inflation estimated to be at least 2 million percent.

China also said the sanctions could undermine the talks and would complicate rather than ease the conflict.

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'Incomprehensible'
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Saturday: Itll appear incomprehensible to the people of Zimbabwe that Russia ... should stand in the way of Security Council action.

The Group of Eight rich nations, which includes Zimbabwes former colonial ruler Britain, the United States as well as Russia, agreed on Tuesday to impose sanctions because of the violence during the widely condemned elections.

Despite the diplomatic setback, Miliband insisted Britain would keep up pressure on Mugabe.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, accused Russia on Friday of a U-turn from its position at the G-8 summit, and said it raised doubts about its reliability as a partner in the group.

Russias Foreign Ministry defended its vote on Saturday and said the situation in Zimbabwe posed no danger to regional or international peace and security and did not merit sanctions.

An adoption of such a document by the U.N. Security Council would have created a dangerous precedent, opening the way for interference by the Security Council in internal affairs in connection with certain political events including elections, which is a gross violation of the U.N. Charter, it said.

THAT is the UN doing its work.  And that is the quality of "work" it brought to Iraq.

I rest my case.


WHAT IF BARACK OBAMA'S WITHDRAWAL HAPPENED?

Ken Berwitz

Here, via www.powerlineblog.com, is a report from ABC News on what would happen if Barack Obama, as President, actually did what he said he would do in Iraq - i.e. remove all troops in 16 months regrardless of conditions on the ground:

Reporting on Obama's Plan for Iraq

This ABC News report is quite remarkable. It takes Obama's plan for Iraq, as set forth on his web site, and tests it against the views of officers and men serving in Iraq, and against the logistical requirements of withdrawal. The conclusions are not fudged, and they are not flattering to Obama:

(CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO)

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If Mr. Obama is elected President, it is entirely possible that he will ignore his own campaign rhetoric and face reality.  But, then again, maybe he won't.  Maybe the pressure from the hard left and the USA haters who flock to him like barnacles to a pier, will be too much.

In any event, this report lays out some (by no means all) of the consequences of such an action. 

Is this what you want?  If so, you know which lever to pull in November.


ANOTHER STATE MOVES TOWARD SANITY ON ILLEGALS

Ken Berwitz

They are ILLEGALS.  They are NOT HERE LEGALLY.  They are NOT ENTITLED TO OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET, that is funded with TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

There, that wasn't hard to understand, was it?

With this in mind I am happy to report, with thaks to its Governor, Democrat Matt Blunt, that Missouri is the latest state to move toward sanity regarding illegal aliens.  Missouri is not entirely there yet by any means, but a major step is a major step:

Missouri Governor Signs Law Targeting Illegal Aliens

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed into law today legislation that will make it harder for illegal aliens living in the state to receive benefits and harder to find jobs.

The new legislations requires all public employers to use the E-Verify
system to verify the legality of a potential employee and requires and
individual to prove their citizenship status before receiving state
benefits such as food stamps and housing. The bill also punishes those
localities that adopt policies to not cooperate with federal
immigration authorities.

Missouri joins Arizona, Oklahoma, and Georgia in instituting state-wide
anti-illegal immigration laws. So far, the laws in these states have
been successful at removing the "jobs magnet."

Let me say, as I have said many times before, that I welcome legal immigrants to the USA, whether from Mexico, Europe, Asia or Africa.  I have no problem with newcomers to this country and no problem with the diversity of cultures they bring.

But I do have a problem with people who cut the line and jump ahead of everyeone else.  And I have a special problem with people who do this so that they can get social services and benefits that are funded by the tax dollars of legal citizens.

The more states get serious about illegals, the more illegals will gravitate to the remaining states that don't. 

Good.

Let them have the illegals.  They're the ones who want them.

free I wish these states luck, i remember when California tried to cut off the aid to illegals. the voters passed it but then the lawsuits started and they ended up saying that the voters are idiots and that we had to keep supporting illegals. (07/12/08)


TONY SNOW R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

Tony Snow died of cancer last night.  He was just 53 years old.

Mr.Snow was an excellent columnist, who became an excellent news show host, who became an excellent press secretary to President Bush.  And he did it with a level of class that class clowns like olbermann, abrams and matthews only dream about.

May he rest in peace.

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UPDATE:  It is about 12:00 noon.  I have checked crooksandliars.com and dailykos.com.  Neither of them has put up the news of Tony Snow's death yet.  The Huffington Post apparently just did because there are, as yet, no comments posted.  I have a very bad feeling regarding what the lunatics who frequent these sites will have to say about Mr. Snow's death. 

If I'm right (and assuming they don't warn their regulars not to do it, which means they're censoring the more disgusting comments out), I'll let you know.

free Usually they don't allow comments for stories of this type. they know how disgusting the people are that visit their sites. (07/12/08)


THE NEW NEWSWEEK POLL & MEDIA'S BURIAL OF IT

Ken Berwitz

If John McCain were ahead by 15% in a national poll, and then, just a couple of weeks later, the same poll had him ahead by just 3%, how much media coverage do you suppose it would get?  Do you doubt that it would have lead story status?  Me neither.

With that in mind, read this piece by Brent Baker of www.newsbusters.org:

Nets Highlighted Newsweek's 15 Point Obama Lead, Yawn When it Plummets to 3 Points

Three weeks ago when a Newsweek poll put Democrat Barack Obama 15 points ahead of Republican John McCain, the ABC and CBS evening newscasts highlighted the out of sync finding. But when a new Newsweek survey released Friday placed Obama a mere three points in front of McCain, neither ABC's World News nor the CBS Evening News mentioned it on Friday or Saturday night.

A startling new poll, fill-in CBS Evening News anchor Russ Mitchell announced during the Friday, June 20 newscast, Barack Obama now leads John McCain nationwide by 15 points, 51 to 36 percent. This according to Newsweek. The next night, Saturday, June 21, ABC World News anchor David Muir pointed to a new poll from Newsweek magazine that shows Barack Obama opening a 15-point lead over John McCain.

Newsweek's Jonathan Darman failed to consider the inaccuracy of the earlier poll as he expressed his befuddlement on Friday with the slim 44 to 41 lead for Obama: Perhaps most puzzling is how McCain could have gained traction in the past month.

Muir's item in full on the June 21 World News:
We turn to the presidential race tonight and a new poll from Newsweek magazine that shows Barack Obama opening a 15-point lead over John McCain. Other polls this week showed Obama with only a slight edge.

Barack's Bounce: The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain, read the headline over the article by Michael Hirsh posted the afternoon of Friday, June 20.

Three weeks later: Glow Fading? The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 points. What a difference a few weeks can make, posted on Friday, July 11. An excerpt from the story by Jonathan Darman:

A month after emerging victorious from the bruising Democratic nominating contest, some of Barack Obama's glow may be fading. In the latest NEWSWEEK Poll, the Illinois senator leads Republican nominee John McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent. The statistical dead heat is a marked change from last month's NEWSWEEK Poll, where Obama led McCain by 15 points, 51 percent to 36 percent....

But perhaps most puzzling is how McCain could have gained traction in the past month. To date, direct engagement with Obama has not seemed to favor the GOP nominee. McCain has announced major initiatives on energy and the economy but failed to dominate the conversation on those issues. Last week's shake-up of the campaign's senior management did little to halt calls from Republicans for a major overhaul in McCain's message. Nor did it quell the lingering suspicion among Republicans that 2008 is simply destined to be a Democratic year....

The difference in coverage is jaw-dropping -- unless you assume most major media are in the tank for Barack Obama.  Then it all makes sense, doesn't it?

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


BOBBY MURCER R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

This is a very bad day for class acts.

First we lose Tony Snow and now Bobby Murcer.

Bobby Murcer was an excellent ballplayer and terrific announcer for the New York Yankees (yes, he played several years for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs but, to me, he was always a Yankee).  Because of his easygoing style and winning personality, he was tremendously popular everywhere he went.

Like Tony Snow, Bobby Murcer died of cancer (Snow had colon cancer, Murcer had a brain tumor).

He will be greatly missed.  Good guys always are.

May he rest in peace.


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