Better late than never

Daniel Pipes appears to be giving up on Iraq:

“I cheer the goal of a ‘free and democratic Iraq,’ but the time has come to acknowledge that the coalition’s achievement will be limited to destroying tyranny, not sponsoring its replacement. There is nothing ignoble about this limited achievement, which remains a landmark of international sanitation. It would be especially unfortunate if aiming too high spoils that attainment and thereby renders future interventions less likely. The benefits of eliminating Saddam’s rule must not be forgotten in the distress of not creating a successful new Iraq.

Fixing Iraq is neither the coalition’s responsibility nor its burden. The damage done by Saddam will take many years to repair. Americans, Britons, and others cannot be tasked with resolving Sunni-Shiite differences, an abiding Iraqi problem that only Iraqis themselves can address.”

I’m just wondering why so many people took these johnny-come-latelies seriously for so long. I’ve been saying for years that it is not possible to build nations. Germany was a nation. Japan was a nation. Iraq is Yugoslavia, an artificial construct held together by extreme violence. When Saddam was removed, the two choices were tripartite separation (which would probably lead to violence in the short- to medium-term) or immediate violence. In their foolish Wilsonian arrogance, the president and his pet neoconservatives – or is it the other way around – opted for the latter.

The Marines are a fine fighting force, but they are no more capable of resolving violent religious differences that span centuries than they are of winning the gold medal in ice dancing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. It’s like expecting your car to make you dinner.

When polygamy is inevitable, relax and enjoy it

Catherine Seipp can’t control an instinctively feminist reaction:

You may think you’ll hate Big Love, HBO’s new family drama about Utah polygamists that premieres Sunday, but I’ll bet you won’t. I was certainly prejudiced against it, because I’ve grown irritable with that common libertarian response to the anti-gay marriage argument: So what, I sometimes hear, if legalized gay marriage leads to legalized polygamy? My answer is that legalized polygamy is legalized slavery (or at least official chattel status) for women and children, and I don’t see how you can support liberty and also support that.

Unless you believe that marriage to one woman is enslaving, (or at least official chattel status for that woman and her children), how can you conclude that marrying a second wife is slavery? This is merely a nominally conservative woman whose feminist instincts are reacting to the realization that the power balance between men and women is about to shift dramatically again in American society.

We have already witnessed the first stage, as both feminists and anti-feminists now realize that men are not so easily reprogrammed to suit the feminist vision of the future. Now, the Law of Unintended Consequences is about to fall with a vengeance upon those who sought to overthrow the traditional Western family in favor of an egalitarian model more to their liking.

America needs more abortion

Saletan writes on how 48 of 50 abortionettes agree:

Friday morning, leaders of pro-choice and feminist groups gathered at the Center for American Progress to debate the movement’s future. One of the panelists reported that the latest annual tally of abortions in this country was 1.295 million. The most recent comparative numbers, detailed in an article I brought to the meeting, indicated that our abortion rate exceeds that of every Western European nation. “Raise your hand if you think that number is too high,” the conference moderator told the 50 people in the room.

I saw one hand go up. The woman next to me said she saw another. The two hand-raisers used to work for pro-choice groups but no longer do.

Since 1.295 million abortions per year isn’t enough, I suggest the federal government begin a campaign to increase that number, beginning with blacks and Jews. After all, the two groups are the strongest supporters of the Abortion Party, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be the first to benefit from the wonders of their favorite procedure.