Friday, August 17, 2007

Council Winners

[posted by Callimachus]

Watchers Council winners for the week of August 16 have been posted.

First place in the council went to The "Don't Make Waves!" Theory of Iraqi Politics at Big Lizards. Dafydd takes the view that the insistence on "political progress" in Iraq is a red herring, as is the insistence no military or local progress made in that country is valid unless the parliament passes a set of U.S.-approved laws.

Demanding that the current crop of dunderheads in the Iraq parliament cobble together a grand unified theory of Iraqi constitutional law is at best shortsighted, at worst feeding the "fatal conceit" that in a tribal country like Iraq, decisions should nevertheless be made from the top down. Rather, democracy and freedom should begin from tribe to tribe, then spread to village, town, and city. It cannot be imposed from above when the only experience Iraqis have with top-down government is the crushing Baathist and Saddamite repression.

There's a lot of sensein that.

Trailing by a vote was Political Fairy Tales at Bookworm Room. File this under yet another warning of how dangerous political life becomes when truth becomes relative and narrative trumps fact. It reminds me, in a roundabout way, of another piece I read recently, on the topic of Holocaust denial and the attempt to criminalize it in many European lands.

Also getting votes were Globalization Killed the Bison?! at Cheat Seeking Missiles; Re-Crafting U.S. Foreign Policy at The Glittering Eye; and An Interesting Morning at Rhymes With Right.

Outside the council the winner was General James Mattis -- Attacking the al Qaeda "Narrative", an article in Small Wars Journal.

Also getting votes were Progressive For Racist Smears? at Captain's Quarters, which I thought was a bang-up job of online research; The Difference Between Reward and Punishment by Yehuda; Are You Black Enough? at Logosphilia; In Memory of Kimberly at Aaron's Rod; and Fathers, The Third Victim of the Abortion Industry, a fearless transgression where angels fear to tread at Intellectual Conservative.

Also, here are the winners from the week of August 9:

First place in the council went to My Excellent Adventure At Yearlykos by Right Wing Nut House.

Votes also went to Tancredo and Tonic from right here; Newsweek Attacks Global Warming Deniers from ‘Okie’ on the Lam; Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at Bookworm Room; and Gonzales, Intelligence, and Perjury: The Penultimate Word by Big Lizards.

Outside the council the winner was Bread and a Circus, Part II of II by Michael Yon.

Votes also went to My View of Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in The Washington Post; A Bridge Too Far at Lone Star Times; the grimly amusing "Grim Milestone" Reached: 500 Palestinian Arabs Killed By Each Other This Year at Elder of Ziyon; The Crystal Ball at Belmont Club; Propaganda Redux by Ion Mihai Pacepa in OpinionJournal; and "Diversity" and the Rhetorical Dodge at Protein Wisdom.