Friday, March 7, 2003
Where’s Monty Hall?
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
In an episode of the 1970s television program “The Odd Couple,” Felix Unger, portrayed by Tony Randall and Oscar Madison, played by Jack Klugman appeared on the then popular game show “Let’s Make A Deal,” in a horse costume.
Attempting to garner the host’s attention, Felix shouts out, “pick me Monty, pick me.”
Well, this is what’s happening on the global stage. Nations that ordinarily wouldn’t get a second look are trying to get the attention of the
in order to make a deal with the most powerful country in the world. Nations like United States , Angola , Cameroon , Chile and Guinea want to know what they can get from the Pakistan in exchange for support in the potential military conflict against United States . Iraq
already looked behind Door Number One – United States , only to find an empty box when that country’s parliament voted on Saturday, March 1 to deny Turkey permission to use its bases. There was talk that the Turkish parliament might hold another vote and change its mind. U.S.
The initial deal offered by the
to U.S. amounted to $26 billion in loans and support. The Monday after the rejection, the Turkish stock exchange took a 13 percent dive. Should Turkey wish to revisit the deal, the Turkey ought to offer half, if even that much to the majority Muslim nation straddling United States Europe and Asia.
To the other nations wanting the
to cough up billions for its vote as members of the United Nations Security Council, they should get nothing. That they do not understand the moral imperative at stake here is unfortunate. To suggest that it is wrong for the U.S. to threaten a trade embargo against those nations not supporting the U.S. by calling it extortion, neither shall the U.S. be extorted in order to get permission from an organization so irrelevant that Saddam Hussein has thumbed his nose at it for a dozen years and counting. United States
Like a parent threatening to punish a child, “if you do that one more time…,” the United Nations has done likewise to
, repeatedly, with the same result – no consequences for heinous actions. Iraq
Making matters worse, is that so-called allies of the
, United States , Belgium and France could have put up a unified front to force Hussein to back down. By opposing the Germany , Hussein has been emboldened; and even more so every time an American takes to the streets to protest its own government. Behind Door Number Two Monty reveals disloyalty to the U.S. . United States
(Sadly the American protesters are part of a dangerous group of people who blame
, their own country, for the evils in the world. This unfortunately is a growing trend permeated in the public schools of this country. A public school system where time-outs have replaced real punishment. A place where students are given good grades for their effort even when the effort comes up short and even passed on to the next grade so as not to damage the self-esteem. A place where competition is increasingly shunned, again for fear of damaging the all too fragile self-esteem. America
Most recently, in the city of
, Oakland and in the state of California , anti-war ugliness has gone over the edge. In Maine , teachers taught anti-war lessons without a voice from the other side. Speakers, paid for with citizens tax dollars were brought into schools to preach anti-war rhetoric. In Oakland , teachers upped the ante by maligning students who have parents in the reserves called to active duty, as well as fulltime members of the Maine armed forces.) U.S.
Granted the first amendment to the Constitution gives the protesters the right to do so, but they should listen to former Iraqi citizens now living in the
either as American citizens or legal residents. Many have testified to the brutality under which Iraqis live. They have testified that Iraqi citizens are waiting for Americans and military partners like the British and Spanish to liberate U.S. . Iraq
Even Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D-MA), so vehemently opposed to the war, does not recognize that there are about 30 nations that will join American troops should war become necessary. On the Senate floor on Friday, March 07 he referred to potential military action by the
as “unilateral.” Kennedy was more concerned about what the rest of the world would think about the U.S. than the importance of the mission, much akin to being worried about being popular than being right. United States
It’s better to be right than popular. World opinion does not begin and end with the French, Germans, Chinese and Russians. Twenty-three million Iraqis are counting upon the
military and its partners to do what’s right. U.S.
When the war is over, American troops/advisors along with its military partners’ troops/advisors should keep enough people in Iraq to oversee the restructuring of its government as well as to ensure democratic elections take place. This is something of which even Jimmy Carter should approve. For their efforts, those nations should receive discounts on oil, beneficial to all involved, while those countries standing idly by, get nothing, are rebuked and condemned by the United Nations and play no role in the reorganization of the nation of Iraq. Hopefully when Door Number Three is opened Monty will find a free Iraq.
Sanford D. Horn is a writer living in Alexandria, VA.
Monday, March 3, 2003
With Friends Like These…
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
Show of hands – who believes Saddam Hussein is actually disarming? (What arms is he destroying? The ones he said he doesn’t have?) Keep those hands up for believing that Hans Blix and his band of merry inspectors is the reason high-level al Qaeda dominos are falling one by one.
Okay, Mike Farrell, Susan Sarandon and Martin Sheen can put their hands down now. They must believe in the tooth fairy as well. Sheen is so sanctimonious he probably believes he IS president.
In reality, George W. Bush is the president of the
and he said that al Qaeda and the supporting terrorist network would be toppled one by one if need be. That they would be ferreted out of the various caves and hiding places cowards like they cower in is actually happening. Who said politicians don’t keep their word? United States
But to be fair, Farrell, Sarandon and Sheen are entitled to their opinions. This is, after all, the
. And bear in mind, nobody wants war. Not the supporters of the president, not the president himself, not Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, not the generals and certainly not the military. United States of America
However, this nation is under threat and that is what a military is for – defense. Defending the nation, its people and its borders – borders that were attacked on
09-11-01. Borders that have been infiltrated by the likes of Sami Al-Arian, the now unemployed University of South Florida professor arrested for his support of Sept. 11 terrorists. (The teachers’ union in the state of had defended him for better than a year while he was under scrutiny.) Support that came in the form of economics and via his writings. After all, it’s called the Defense Department, not the offense department. Florida
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What is truly disturbing, is that the
feels it can not act without the permission of the alleged leaders of United States Europe – specifically and France . Again, the war protesters are disingenuous in their behavior, calling for a United Nations team effort before making any military moves. Germany
Reviewing recent history, these same war protesters did not take to the streets and the computers when former President Clinton unilaterally bombed
in an effort to topple the Milosovic regime. He did not seek UN permission, nor was the Belgrade under any threat. US
As a reminder for those war protesters afraid to blow their noses without permission from France,
and the military powerhouse that is Germany , this is not, repeat, not, a unilateral effort. The Belgium is joined by United States , Great Britain , Italy , Spain , Australia , Bulgaria , Hungary and most of the former Poland Soviet Union. All told, there are over 30 nations on board with the . US
To give Hussein an 18th chance to make the UN look foolish by ignoring its mandates only lessens that body’s relevance. Additionally, how relevant can the United Nations be when Qadafi’s
can chair the Human Rights committee and when Hussein’s Libya can chair the Disarmament committee? Iraq
should not be seeking another resolution to take action against United States and the Hussein regime that has killed thousands of its own citizens. Nor should the Iraq be offering billions of dollars to other nations for their support – militarily or via UN votes. Hit these countries where it hurts most – the wallet. United States ’s Economy – A Sitting Duck Turkey
offered United States $26 billion in aid/loans for the use of bases. The Turkish parliament voted it down. Not only is that nation not getting the infusion of economic aid it needs, but its stock market, such that it is, suffered a 13 percent drop within hours of its opening Monday morning. Imagine if the New York Stock Exchange dropped 1,000 points, plus or minus, within an hour or two of the opening bell. That would be catastrophic. Turkey
Should another United Nations vote be necessary, boycotts of each nation voting not to support the
’ efforts to disarm Hussein should be in effect. As it is, Americans should be boycotting French, German, Belgian, Turkish and Canadian products – with extreme vigor. Both the French and Germans are disingenuous when they accuse the United States of starting a war over oil. That wasn’t the truth in 1991, nor is it so 12 years later. In fact, what the French and Germans are hiding is that they do billions of dollars (or euros) in business with United States and Saddam – particularly for oil. The same is true of Iraq and its oil business with Russia . Iraq , France and Germany claim their business with Russia is under the guise of oil for food in a feeble attempt to help the Iraqi people – the overwhelming majority never see crumb one of that food. Unfortunately both the US and Iraq , via middleman countries, also still do oil business with UK . Iraq
Say non to French wine, French cheese, French perfumes, trips to
and investments in companies that do business with France . Say nein to German beer, German automobiles, trips to France and investments in companies that do business with Germany . Read labels in supermarkets and shopping malls. Refuse to purchase goods and services emanating from any nation not supporting the Germany on this issue. United States
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During World War I sauerkraut became known as liberty cabbage. A return to that moniker is not unreasonable. Why not order victory fries to accompany that sandwich and patriot toast is good with syrup and strawberries. After all, the wheat for the bread probably came from the
Midwest and the spuds for the fries came either from or Idaho . German Measles can keep its name, because no one wants that anyway. Maine
Support the war, don’t support the war. Support the president, don’t support the president. The first amendment protects that right. But when the bullets start to fly, be sure to get behind every man and woman wearing an American military uniform because they are defending that right with their lives.
May G-d Bless
Sanford D. Horn is a writer living in Alexandria, VA.