Friday, August 25, 2006

Watcher's Council Results, 8/25/06

The Council has spoken! The Council has spoken! Complete results can be found here on the site of our fearless leader,Watcher of Weasels

Some killah stuff came in this week, but here are the winners:

For Council posts:

First place Right Wing Nut House: IRAQ: QUIT OR COMMIT The clear winner, and well deserved. Rick makes the point that we either need to commit to victory in Iraq (which in my mind, means more boots on the ground, confronting Iran and Syria and liquidating al-Sadr and the Shiite militias) or leave, plain and simple. Regular members of Joshua's Army know that I linked to this as soon as Rick put it's that good.

In Second place, Gates of Vienna: The Nation-State vs Anarchy and Imperialism Dymphna uses a Mark Steyn column as a take off point for a fine essay on something I've said for quite a while...that the whole idea of a nation/state is a western concept and thus foreign to Islam, where the loyalties are tribal and to the Muslim umma. This tells us a lot about some of the danger some western nations face from the large concentrations of Muslims within their borders, who may have some divided say the least.

You know it's a tough pick when two posts this good get nominated...

The quality of the council posts is normally pretty high, and they were all good this week but I want to commend two posts for a special honorable mention:

ShrinkWrapped: On Meaning A fine essay by ShrinkWrapped as he explores the human search for meaning and purpose and how it relates to the War on Jihad. Done superbly, in Shrinkwrapped's usual style.

And The Sundries Shack: Bring them home. Now Jimmie Bise writes a killah screed on the two journalists kidnapped by the Palestinians as hostages and his outrage at the MSM for ignoring the situation.

For non-council posts the winner wasBuzzwords Blog: 3AM Magazine: BAD FAITH by David Thompson, a superb examination of `cultural relevance' in comparing Islam and other faiths. Here's a sample:

`...while red-faced evangelists may say gay people are wicked, damned to hellfire, etc, I don't know of any internationally renowned Christian leaders who are calling for the imprisonment and killing of gay people. Unlike the supposedly "moderate" Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who insists that gay men and lesbians should be "killed in the worst manner possible." Not condemned, 'corrected', prayed for, or pitied, or any of the usual nonsense spouted by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson et al; but murdered -- as brutally as possible.'

Hearty kudos to all the winners!!

No comments: