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IPI_Marker

Hi all,
       Read this article carefully. When I read this article I couldn't
help noticing similarity of the situation with situation in a typical
Hindi film. The hero is urging all opressed people at the hands of gang
lords to come and help him defeat the gang. But nobody comes to his
help. Not only that, people blame the hero for causing the trouble in
the "peaceful" neighborhood. The Moment George Bush called Iran, Iraq
and North Korea the axis of evil, guess what people in the world did!
They did not come out in the support of Bush. But instead they
critisized him for calling "Evil" a "evil". They accused him of going
into a "unilaterist overdrive". Sure, if you want to wait till people
like Hitler grow stronger before defending yourself, don't expect
people like Bush to wait till they achieve a consensus. I think he did
it right. He said that US will not wait till these "evil" powers
develop weapons of mass destruction before he takes action. He is going
to be proactive. Prevent is better than cure. Ask Europeans! They know
how much "cure" caused them in World War II.

Regards,
Ashish

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=105001690

WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Where's the Posse? 
It's high noon for the civilized world. Let timorous Europeans go home
to their kids. 

BY R. JAMES WOOLSEY 
Monday, February 25, 2002 12:01 a.m. EST 

Paris, Berlin and Brussels are unhappy with the United States. French
Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine has called President Bush's
axis-of-evil characterization of Iraq, Iran and North Korea
"simplistic." German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said the U.S. was
treating Europeans like "satellites." And the normally sensible
European Foreign Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten called Mr. Bush's
approach "absolutist" and "unilateralist overdrive."

Mr. Patten excepted, much of what is going on here is that many
generally leftist members of the European elite have craws in which
plain talk gets stuck--they gagged on Ronald Reagan's characterization
of the Soviet Union as an evil empire and they are gagging again now.

It's hard to understand the Europeans' problem if one looks at the
specific behavior of the regimes that rule Iraq and North Korea by
torture and murder, and that also develop weapons of mass destruction
and ballistic missiles in violation of their international obligations.
There's virtually nothing about them that is not evil. Iran is a more
complex case, because there is a genuine reform movement in the country
as a whole and within part of the government, but the nation's power is
still wielded--and the use of terrorism supported--by the small group
of murderous mullahs whose behavior is on a par with their kindred
spirits in North Korea and Iraq. 

"Axis" may be a slight stretch because Germany, Japan and Italy were
somewhat more aligned than the current gang, although there is definite
cooperation on missilery between Iran and North Korea, and some past
cooperation on terror between Iran and Iraq. 

And my goodness, as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld might say, how
is the U.S. not consulting? Mr. Bush has just been in Asia consulting.
Vice President Dick Cheney is headed to the Mideast to consult.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is never not consulting.





No, what is agitating the Europeans is not really any inaccuracy in
what the president has said, nor is it any failure on America's part to
act collegially. Rather, it is a perverse commitment to the proposition
that no American good deed should go unpunished. Many members of
Europe's elites--British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a few other
stalwarts being conspicuous exceptions--persist in a waspish and
reality-denying worldview, the centerpiece of which is that anything
that America is decisive and enthusiastic about is highly questionable
at best.
A substantial part of this derives from their having chosen to lead the
good life, to maintain generous social services, take long vacations
and let the U.S. bear the principal burden of preserving the world's
peace. There is no disdain quite as sour as guilt-driven disdain.

Life is imitating art here--the particular piece of art being the
classic Western of half a century ago: "High Noon."

In the film, the marshal of the small town of Hadleyville, Will Kane
(played by Gary Cooper), has just stepped down from his job and gotten
married. As he is leaving town with his new bride, played by Grace
Kelly, he learns that the gang leader who once dominated and terrorized
the town has been pardoned by the governor of the state and is arriving
on the noon train to meet his old gang and return to power. After a few
minutes of indecision, the marshal decides to return to town over the
strong objections of his pacifist wife. He starts to organize a posse
to protect the town.

But as high noon nears, it becomes increasingly clear that the good
citizens of Hadleyville, who had helped the marshal clean the town up
years before, can now produce only a cornucopia of excuses: "If the
marshal's not here there won't be any trouble--it's just personal
trouble between him and Miller [the gang leader]"; "the politicians up
north caused the mess--let them deal with it"; "what will they
[potential investors] think if they read about shooting in the
streets?"; "I'm no lawman, I just live here."

Most poignant is the scene between the marshal and a longtime loyal
deputy who backs out of helping as noon approaches because he is
worried about his young children. "Go on home to your kids, Herb," says
the marshal, and goes out to face the gang alone.

Only the marshal's new wife, who at first had left him, returns at the
last minute and helps him prevail against all odds. For a small Quaker
lady who hates guns, she does quite well: one kill and one assist. As
the townspeople realize he has won and come out of hiding to
congratulate him, the marshal looks at them sternly, drops his badge in
the dirt, and he and his wife drive away.





In today's front-page version of this story, the work on weapons of
mass destruction being conducted by states that support terrorism is
the noon train pulling relentlessly nearer. The French government and
French oil companies are surely Academy Award material as a collective
real-life version of the film's hotel clerk who is fixated on how good
the saloon business will be once the gang is back in town.
Many other Europeans will find excellent models in the film to help
them perfect both their excuses for inaction and their condescension
toward their protector. Fred Zinnemann, the director of "High Noon,"
knew this moral territory well--as a refugee from Austria he had seen
all the techniques for rationalizing appeasement and the deadly
consequences of not challenging evil regimes before they can wreak
total havoc.

"Ah," anti-American Europeans reading this very piece this morning will
likely respond, "you see how the Americans idealize the impulsive Wild
West cowboy and his unilateralist approach to dealing with the world.
How naive. How droll."

So here are two quick ripostes. Cowboys are normal people--some are
impulsive, some are loners, some are neither. But what you are
rejecting is not a modern-day cowboy, but rather a modern-day marshal,
and marshals are different. They and their equivalents, such as GIs,
have chosen to live a life of protecting others, whatever it takes.
That's not being impulsive--it's deciding to be a shepherd instead of a
sheep. 

Second, like the U.S. today in moving against the axis, the marshal in
"High Noon" was trying very hard to be multilateral--he desperately
wanted a posse. He just had no takers. What the marshal was unwilling
to do is to give up doing his duty just because everyone else found
excuses to stay out of the fight. 

Go on home to your kids, Europeans. Go on home to your kids. And then
start praying that when it's over we won't drop our badge in the dirt. 

Mr. Woolsey, a Washington attorney, was director of Central
Intelligence from 1993 to 1995. 



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