Thus, Islamism must be opposed, and in fact the war in Iraq is a battle in that larger war. Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq gave significant political and financial support to Islamist organizations such as Hamas. Regarding Iraqi links with al-Qaida, a controversial subject, it is too soon to draw definitive conclusions. Honest people should reserve judgment until the captured Iraqi archives are fully explored. But whatever the evidence ultimately shows about the extent of Saddam’s relations with Islamists, there is no doubt that today, Islamists covet Mesopotamia. Seizing Baghdad, the capital of the Caliphate that Islamists want to restore, would be a tremendous morale booster. By the same token, our helping to establish a stable liberal democracy in Iraq would be an immense loss for them. The stakes are high. It may be possible to win the war against Islamism even if we abandon Iraq, but it would be more difficult. What is not possible is to withdraw from the struggle. The Islamists have declared war against the U.S., the other liberal democracies, even Muslim governments that don’t toe their line. Appeasement is impossible; concessions simply whet their appetites. Fleeing Iraq would demonstrate that we don’t have the stomach for this long-term fight. Moreover, it would win new recruits for Islamism, as fence-sitters always come down on the side that seems to be prevailing. Our own security would inevitably suffer. Frankly, it’s a mystery why the most imperialistic, malevolent political force in the world arouses so little passion among my fellow Democrats. Hostility toward Islamism should come as naturally to us as hostility towards Nazism. If we adopted this war for civilization and freedom as our own, we would surely do better than Bush has done. Instead, the only merchandise we offer voters is “out of Iraq.” It’s very disappointing. Paul Kujawsky is a member of the California Democratic Party Central Committee. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE recent California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego was a pleasure for my fellow party activists, the vast majority of whom favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Seven of our eight declared presidential candidates appeared. All of them promised to bring the troops home (or “end the occupation”) as early as Inauguration Day. But no candidate offered a vision for winning the war against Islamism. They correctly judged that there wasn’t much of a market for such goods at this convention. So it seems that in 2008 voters will choose between a Republican Party which is serious about the war against Islamism but isn’t very good at it, and a Democratic Party which has little or nothing to say about it beyond “Bush lied.” It’s a dismal prospect, because the struggle between civilization and Islamism remains this generation’s greatest challenge. Islamism, or Islamofascism (not Islam itself) rivals Nazism in its propensity for mass murder, contempt for the “other,” and lust for conquest. It is a profoundly illiberal philosophy, as demonstrated by the overthrown Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the mullocracy in Iran. These reveal girls excluded from even elementary education, women stoned to death for “adultery” (in some cases, for being raped without male witnesses), religious minorities savagely persecuted, and the human rights of entire populations trampled underfoot. The spread of Islamism is a tragedy for all who fall within its grasp, yet the Islamists aim for nothing less than world domination.
Cllr. Sadie Docherty a woman with strong family roots in West Donegal, who holds the prestigious role of Lord Provost of Glasgow, is to be honoured with a Civic Reception at Donegal County Council in Lifford on Tuesday next.She is only the fourth woman in history to hold the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow since the year 1450. The Lord Provost is also Lord-Lieutenant of Glasgow, and therefore the Queen’s official representative in the City. In this capacity, the Lord Provost hosts visits by all members of the Royal Family to Glasgow, and events relating to the armed forcesCllr. Sadie Docherty, whose father came from Carrickataskin in Gweedore and immigrated to Scotland in the mid 1950’s, was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2007. She has made a strong impact on the city with over a half a million residents and retained her seat in the recent local elections. Speaking of her Donegal connections the Lord Provost has said ‘I am proud of my Donegal lineage. Both my parents and grandparents are from Gweedore which is a wonderful part of the world and my husband, Willie and I remain regular visitors.’The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be in a position to honour the Lord Provost on this occasion.“Cllr Sadie Docherty is a wonderful ambassador for Donegal and is always positive and proud of her connections to our county. She has been to the fore in promoting and supporting Donegal and its reputation in this the year of the Irish Gathering.“This is a great opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of Cllr Docherty and to acknowledge our appreciation and thanks for helping to promote our county and reputation across the water”. Cllr. Sadie Docherty will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, on Tuesday 7 May at 3.00pm. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and the members of Donegal County Council. COUNCIL HONOURS DONEGAL WOMAN MADE LORD PROVOST OF GLASGOW was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptionCLLR SADIE DOHERTYLORD PROVOST