Jewish World Review April 14, 2003 / 12 Nisan, 5763

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The spoils of war | It should come as no surprise that the fall of Saddam Hussein is causing an avalanche of repercussions all around the world. While no one can predict the future, the immediate past is fairly easy to catalog, and Saddam has taken a lot of people down with him. The following folks are, at this very moment, feeling Saddam's pain.

Vladimir Putin: Once a guy who roamed the range with President Bush, Mr. Putin should not be planning any visits to Texas soon. His government likely supplied the Iraqis with weapons outlawed by the United Nations, and many Texans might find that extremely offensive. You can be sure the powers that be in Washington have. Can it get any colder in Moscow? You bet.

Vicente Fox: Another former pal of George W.'s, the Mexican presidente now finds himself so far outside the American power "loop" he might as well be the king of Tonga. Fox's decision not to support his close friend Mr. Bush in the United Nations Security Council must be considered muy malo.

Jacque Chirac: replaces Michael Jackson as the most detested man in America. Maybe he should visit one of Jackson's plastic surgeons as he faces persona non grata status in the USA.

The Hollywood Left: Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, et al. all failed auditions as serious thinkers. Only the French are still listening.

The Pope: Apparently, John Paul II is on a personal crusade to destroy the Roman Catholic Church in America. He's still allowing cardinals like Roger Mahoney in Los Angeles to stonewall priest sex abuse allegations. Then the Pontiff has the chutzpah to call the Iraq war "immoral." A miracle is needed.

John Kerry: A genuine American war hero, the senator redefines the word "inappropriate" by calling for a "regime change" in the USA in the middle of a shooting war. Even Democrats shuddered.

Network News People: Ratings for CBS News have declined 15 percent during the war! ABC News was down 6 percent, and NBC was up only 3 percent. In the meantime, Americans flocked to watch cable TV news. Talk about regime change!

Pinhead Professors: The reputations of fine universities such as Columbia and Princeton have been tarnished by the insane rantings of some radical professors. Even some students are getting fed up with so-called "teachers" advocating the deaths of American troops. Would you pay $30,000 a year to hear a professor applaud Mogadishu?

The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times: "The times, they are changin'," sang Bob Dylan. Well, yeah. These two powerful newspapers slanted hard news headlines to fit their editorial position early in the war. Plus, their editorial positions were flat and wrong. Who wants spin home delivered?

Senator Edward Kennedy: His appeasement of Saddam may mean the death of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Moderates like Joseph Lieberman and John Edwards are rising, Senator Kennedy and his committed ideologues risk extinction. At this point, Ted makes George McGovern look like a Navy SEAL.

And finally, one big stealth winner in the Iraq war: Senator Hillary Clinton. She simply disappeared after voting for military action last fall, dodging all direct questions about the war but making it clear she did not side with the peace movement. Say what you want about Hillary, she has no use for losers.

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JWR contributor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," and author of the new book, "The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America" Comments by clicking here.


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03/10/03: The new Nazis
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02/18/03: Cash for what?
02/10/03: Runaway train
02/03/03: Dissenting dishonest dissent
01/27/03: The Clooney Factor
01/21/03: Poverty-inducing entertainment
01/13/03: To protect and serve
12/30/02: Global double Crossing
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12/23/02: Finding offense where none is intended is a form of selfishness
12/16/02: The Houston lesson
12/09/02: Somewhere Santa is weeping
12/02/02: A taxing situation
11/26/02: Talk is expensive when it comes to Bill Moyers
11/18/02: Sanity has left the building
11/11/02: The right stuff
11/04/02: The Attorney General blues
10/28/02: This ain't no game
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10/14/02: The root of all evil
10/07/02: When children murder
09/23/02: The death of outrage
09/17/02: Singing a different tune
09/09/02: Answering my critics about the Roush case
09/03/02: Let's misbehave
08/26/02: Money makes the world go 'round
08/19/02: Long live the King
08/12/02: A friendly reminder
08/05/02: Heaven only knows
07/29/02: Blood money
07/22/02: Suffer the children
07/15/02: Reaching critical mass
07/08/02: Believe it or not
07/01/02: Charity begins at home
06/24/02: Spinning a tale and the case for "Stupid White Men"
06/17/02: Blank those Europeans!
06/10/02: What does Bono want from us?
06/03/02: On fighting evil
05/28/02: A Tale of Two Churches
05/20/02: Crimes against humanity
05/13/02: Silence of the lambs
05/06/02: Hide the children
04/29/02: 'Paul, Paul, Paul!'
04/22/02: Barbarians in the Church
04/15/02: Pray for peace, polish the weapons
03/11/02: Do no harm? Time to spank "Dr. Phil"
03/04/02: Promoting the general welfare
02/25/02: Who's responsible?
02/19/02: Lay it on them
02/11/02: Buy dope, fund terror
02/04/02: Back room deals
01/28/02: From boom to bust
01/21/02: The Fairness Doctrine
01/14/02: Hey, Paula, take it to the bank and hush up
01/07/02: And justice for none
12/31/01: All that's left
12/24/01: Santa is appalled
12/17/01: Fight the power
12/10/01: The black challenge
12/03/01: How things have changed
11/26/01: Waiting in the Bushes
11/19/01: The sign of the Cross
11/09/01: Hollyweird strikes back
11/06/01: The fear factor
10/26/01: Show me the money
10/22/01: See no evil
10/15/01: Peace, but no quiet
10/08/01: The air war
10/01/01: I don't understand
09/24/01: We are all soldiers, and we have a job to do
09/14/01: Evil on display
09/11/01: Family matters!
09/04/01: End of summer blues
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08/20/01: The rap on rap
08/13/01: The truth hurts
08/06/01: Amnesty for illegals: Bush's political investment
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07/24/01: Silence of the Shams
07/16/01: Condit, Kennedy and cable news
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06/18/01: Work or die
06/11/01: Soundbite nation
06/04/01: Paying through the nose
05/29/01: Graduation Day 2001
05/21/01: Accepting the unacceptable
05/14/01: The Clinton legacy
05/07/01: Kerrey's ordeal
04/27/01: Is the party over?
04/20/01: Racism in public education
04/16/01: The fleecing of America
04/10/01: People who need perspective
04/03/01: Dubya's bottom line --- and ours
03/27/01: Don't tell, don't ask
03/20/01: Greenspan with envy
03/13/01: Clinton and Jackson
03/07/01: All that's left in America
02/27/01: The Letterman experience
02/20/01: Bread and circuses
02/06/01: How the Clintons do it
01/30/01: The Bush dilemma
01/24/01: I have been investigating Jackson's finances for the past two years
01/17/01: Sifting Ashcroft's record

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