December 14, 2003

An early Christmas present

Saddam Hussein has been captured. He was, appropriately hiding in a six-foot-deep hole in the ground. He looks like Bad Santa. Oh happy day. More links to reactions around the blogs:

Viking Pundit.
A small victory.
Tim Blair.
Jeff Jarvis.

You should read the entries previous to and after the links as well. And they have links as well -- especially Jeff Jarvis, who has links to many Iraqi blogger reactions.

And if that wasn't enough happiness for one day, I also found out that iowahawk finally drank the Koolaid and got his very own blog! Hooray! (Iowahawk's comments have leavened many comment threads on LGF, Tim Blair, and elsewhere with wit and intelligence. Hey that's a pretty good writeup on just one cup of coffee...)

Me? It's raining and chilly but I have this sudden urge to get out of the house. Laters.

Update: The word from Omar in Iraq:

It's the justice day.
I'm speechless.
I'm crying.
The tyrants' hour has finally came. I went down to the streets to share the joy with my brothers. This is our day, the day of all the oppressed and good people on earth.
Tears of joy filled the eyes of all the people.
Saddam, the coward, hides in a hole, shaking in fear from being captured.
Not a single bullet was fired, without any resistance, God, he was even cooperative! The mighty tyrant, who exploited all our country's fortune for his personal protection, surrenders like the cowered I expected him to be.
Yes, he should be prosecuted in Iraq. We will not allow anything else.

(Via Cold Fury.) I had to post this to Andrew Olmsted's* faint praise of Hesiod's cynical commentary on how this capture will allow Ba'athist terrorists to say they are now "fighting for freedom" or some such nonsense. Okay, Hesiod, I guess we should have left Saddam in his little hole, with maybe a stern lecture. Asshole. (No link to Hesiod; you can get to his spew from Olmsted's* site it you want.)

I've opened comments. Have a party.

*Spelling corrected.

Posted by Andrea Harris at December 14, 2003 11:51 AM

I don't consider it praise, just an acknowledgement that there are still problems to address in Iraq, and we need to guard against them. Today's news is great, but it shouldn't distract us from the big picture.

And it's Olmsted, not Olmstead.

Posted by: Andrew at December 14, 2003 at 12:43 PM

Hot damn on a cold rock!!!


Posted by: Yahmdallah at December 14, 2003 at 02:03 PM

I doubt anybody (well, anybody who's not an idiot) believes Saddam's capture means everything will be ice cream from now on. Nothing wrong with a little jubilation break.

(Fwiw, Andrew, I'm guilty of invariably misspelling your name in your url when I'm away from my own bookmarks. I do get it right on the second try.)

Posted by: Moira Breen at December 14, 2003 at 02:17 PM

Moira, everyone does; I'm quite used to it. But every once in a while I leave a note, just as a kind of aside. I certainly don't take it personally. ;)

Posted by: Andrew at December 14, 2003 at 03:30 PM

Andrea, check this out, you'll like it:

Posted by: Yehudit at December 14, 2003 at 07:27 PM

Hooray! Hooray! Other than that, I'm speechless.

Posted by: Dave J at December 14, 2003 at 09:46 PM

Andrew: spelling corrected. I don't know, I have some kind of mental block with your name.

Anyway, to get back to my point -- I guess what cheeses me off is that you highlight something Hesiod said, of all people. The guy is and has always been nasty. He's just a nothing; there are scores of other people who made the same point (more or less) than he did, and as Moira said, no one who isn't mentally impaired thinks this means a wrap party for all the troubles. In fact, if you had waited a bit you could have heard the cautionary statement from the president himself:

Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our armed forces and I congratulate them. I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq. We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the Middle East. Such men are a direct threat to the American people, and they will be defeated.
Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 15, 2003 at 12:02 AM

Yehudit: hee hee. Did you follow the link to this site as well?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 15, 2003 at 05:47 AM

The fact that both Hesiod and Atrios are in high contention for lefty blog of the year means I can pretty much gloss over anything left-of-center. 'cept for those Libertarian-left blogs, which don't count as left, apparently.

Andrea, if I had a spare Toyota Corolla or something, I'd drop it in your paypal box. I just sold my third vehicle, but it was a '69 Ford F250 with a column shift and really, really old tires. Not exactly transportation, IOW.

Did you get your tag back? Those cost about $100 to replace, just in terms of registering a non-replacement vehicle. Best check that out, if you haven't already.

Posted by: Slartibartfast at December 15, 2003 at 10:22 AM

Andrea, I'm well aware of Hesiod's writing style, but I think that his point was valid. No one is praying harder than I am that Saddam's capture leads to the breakdown of the Ba'athists. But I'm a big believer in preparing for the worst. What can I say? I'm a bit of a pessimist, perhaps.

Posted by: Andrew at December 15, 2003 at 10:49 PM

Well okay, and you're missing my point. I didn't say the observation wasn't valid -- I said that of all people, why choose Hesiod's utterance of it? I even provided you with the cautionary words of the president (aka, the guy Hesiod and his ilk are always trashing) even, just to show you that psycholeftybushhaters aren't the only ones being all cautious.

My point, reduced to its essentials, is: do not reward a dufus like Hesiod for the crumbs of seeming "common sense" they allow to escape every once in a blue moon. Because of creeps like Hesiod and Kos and Atrios it's become impossible for a sane person to identify himself as anything approaching a liberal without a issuing a dozen caveats to make sure to not be identified with the motley crew listed above.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 15, 2003 at 10:55 PM

"Cautionary," "cautious"... you get my drift. Eh, I'm not going to correct it. It's late.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 15, 2003 at 10:57 PM