Q: Why doesn’t someone leak stuff from the New York Times to the government?
A: Because that would be illegal.
Are you ready for Sharia Law?
It’s coming, some say, perhaps before the next tsunami.
Maybe even before Global Warming.
It might be worth looking into. It could change your life.
If it really does come.
There are people around the world evidently exchanging high fives for having “controlled” the outcome of our recent elections.
Before they start downloading election tapes to their laptops alongside their copies of Black Hawk Down, they should take some time and watch the actual transfer of power unfold in Washington over the next few weeks.
Most of these celebrants have never seen bloodless transfers of power.
So we invite them to watch us.
Watch carefully. We do this every couple of years.
Watch this peaceful transfer of power, and then put that tape in your laptops.
For two centuries, Americans have been protected by two large barriers called oceans, behind which we have built a world view based on an expectation of security and peace.
They have given us the freedom to build an independence of spirit and self determination that is somewhat unique in the world. We believed we had a choice about whether we should be isolated and apart from wars and troubles in other parts of the world.
Most countries around the world are not isolated as we are. They have common boundaries with neighbors who have not always been friendly, and with borders that have seen wars and incursions as far back as anyone can remember. They live their lives with an awareness that trouble can be over the next hill or river, tomorrow or the next day.
Those other countries sometimes have trouble understanding our attitudes about this. To them, we seem to be aloof and imperial.
We, in turn, are having trouble adjusting to the new realities of our geography since 9/11. We will, of course, adjust, but it isn’t clear how long it will take us to see the new situation for what it is.
Borrowing from Scarlett O’Hara: we’ll think about that tomorrow.
The rest of the world may not wait.
Saddam has been tried by an Iraqi court, convicted, and sentenced to death by hanging. We all threw our hats in the air, or whatever you did when you heard the news.
Is that going to be a good thing for Iraq? We have already said yes, in these pages.
However, it might be useful to think about it a little longer.
What is at stake is the stability of Iraq. What is needed is an Iraqi solution.
And it would help if it were one that was perceived as a just solution by Iraq and its neighbors.
It might be something we would NEVER consider doing here.
If that bothers you, just look at all the things we do around here that they would never do.
Something to think about.