Friday, September 29, 2006

Watcher's Council Results, 9/29/06

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

For Council Posts the winner was :

Soccer Dad: Unhinged or calculated Soccer Dad wins, for the second time in three weeks..must be something in the water out there in the Land of Marble Porches! Here he takes on the Clinton Fox meltdown. He feels that it was nothing more than a phoney, calculated move designed to ramp up the base prior to the midterms and obsecure the reputation the Democrats have of being soft on defence and national security. I agree.... Mr. Bill does very little by accident. Congrats, Soccer Dad!

Second place was a tie betweeen:

J O S H U A P U N D I T: A real peace proposal for the Middle East In this piece I address the question: Are the Arabs serious about resolving the Arab Israeli conflict, or are they merely seeking to destroy Israel over time? I think it's time we found out. The Arab Israeli conflict has been used by Muslims to justify violence and terrorism for almost 60 years. In this piece, I outlined, using the form of a prospective reply by Israel to the Arab's 2002 Saudi Peace Plan which the entire Arab League has endorsed, what a realistic, fair and just solution designed to actually resolve the major issues and end the points of conflict would look like.

It's significant that I have not recieved a single comment or e-mail from an Arab in America or the Middle East.. when I write on the Arab Israeli conflict, I normally get quite a few.


The Sundries Shack: No Commitment! Jimmie wrote a superb piece on a theme similar to the Mark Steyn piece I profiled on JoshuaPundit - why are we so afraid to extoll the virtues of our culture? Or as Steyn put it, if a culture's past is unworthy of survival, why would its future be? Great job, Jimmie!

For non-council posts the winner was:
Isaac Schrödinger: Fear and Loathing in The Land of the Pure. Isaac Schrödinger writes movingly about the plight of Muslims who leave Islam in Muslim countries:

`I was born in an Ahmadi Muslim family in Pakistan. I’m a Pakistani citizen. The attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 and the reactions of Muslims to it changed my mindset. I left Islam in January of 2002.' (BTW, FF notes that Ahmadis are considered heretics by Sunni and Shiite Muslims)

Schrödinger only mentions it obliquely, but his essay is part of his fight to continue residing in Canada. He's now threatened with deportation, which in his case would amount to a death sentence.

Hearty kudos to all the winners!!

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