Friday, March 02, 2007

Council Winners

[posted by Callimachus]

The most recent round of Watchers Council winners has been posted.

First place within the council went to the fourth part of my Germany and Iraq series, spinning out the points of comparison between two American military occupations/nation building efforts. Part 4 focused on Lucius D. Clay.

Votes also went to Means v. Ends by Bookworm Room; A Man of His Times. A Man for All Time, an excellent tribute to George Washington by Right Wing Nut House; and Differing Visions by Soccer Dad.

Outside the council, the first-place finisher was The Blame Game from From My Position ... On the Way! -- a straight-shooting milblogger who addresses the Walter Reed embarrassment with a first-hand perspective. If you read nothing else on this list, read this one. Then get mad. Then do something about it.

Also getting votes were Honor Killings, Silence, and the Meaning of Speaking Out by Augean Stables, a fascinating and disturbing account of "honor killings" of Israeli-Arab women by their male relatives, and the attempts of groups in Israel to do something about it.

Nothing better delineates the split between cultures of honor and shame and those of integrity and guilt, between demopaths and democrats, than this particular and basic battle for women’s freedom from male violence. This is the front line of the battle for civilization.

Votes also went to AP Reports Romney Family's Polygamy, But Not Obama's by Sweetness & Light; Part Hate by It's Almost Supernatural (which I linked to earlier; about the "Israel is an apartheid state" fallacy); 9 other PERFECTLY GOOD REASONS that the assassination attempt on Dick Cheney was justified (a Huffington Post tribute post) by Protein Wisdom; and The Feminislamists: Women of Woe by Council alumna Gates of Vienna, which links to stories about feminist college professors in the U.S. who support female genital mutilation.

Other votes went to Laughing at the Jesus Tomb by The Anchoress. The topic is Sunday's broadcast of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" on the Discovery Channel. As the New York Times review of the show explains, Christians probably don't have much to fear from this:

The archaeological arguments are plausible but not persuasive: This is a breakthrough that relies more on "what if" than "here's how." And even an amateur can see that the ifs are stacked to support one hypothesis. ... The filmmakers get around reasonable doubt with the twin pillars of cable documentaries: hokey costume drama re-enactments and state-of-the-art robotic cameras that see around corners and down dark holes.