A Very “Hard News” Saturday
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Some find it hard to connect this horrible story (“They burned the children alive”) with this horrible Facebook posting relayed from Eli Lake’s Twitter feed. Lake notes that the killers in the second video appear to be pro-Morsi, but he doesn’t know for sure. (If you aren’t following @EliLake you really aren’t serious about understanding the threats posed by radical Islam.)
On a day of big stories in San Francisco and Canada, the Nigerian massacre will get little attention, and the torrent of stories out of Egypt will obscure the nature of the Islamist violence and threat which prompted the Egyptian military to act. (The best overview of the situation is provided by Andrew McCarthy who adroitly lays out why so many commentators are having such trouble defending the coup in Egypt –they lack the intellectual superstructure from which to argue for cultures of democratically-supported liberty, not cultures of totalitarian creep, dressed in democratic exercises.)
The reality of the extremist Islamist agenda is what ought to be driving the news today and every day it appears in such raw, unfiltered form as in Nigeria and Cairo. Millions in this country do not want to focus on this, and by refusing to do so, they imperil moderate Islamic political movements and stability in the Middle East, Africa, the Far East and indeed stability throughout the whole world.
Three other notes. The Washington Post’s Del Wilbur has been using Twitter all day to report the San Francisco air crash in parallel with his updates for the paper’s website. (His Twitter feed is @DelWilber). Every reporter is on call wherever they find themselves these days, and Wilbur set a very high standard for “pitching in” because he was in the area.
Finally, Duane has outdone himself in getting the transcripts of my special shows on Lincoln, Gettysburg and Vicksburg transcribed and posted, including long chats with Victor Davis Hanson, Jeff Shaara, Rich Lowry and Hillsdale College president, Dr. Larry Arnn. If you missed the programming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and you don’t belong to the Hughniverse, treat yourself to the reads. They are all on the transcripts page.
Finally, a light note on a grim day: The Cleveland Cavaliers signed another free agent, Jarrett Jake, adding the talented sixth man to a roster that may see three rookies join with recent signee Earl Clark and an already incredibly young team. My summary tweet:
Kyrie, Dion, Tristan, Tyler, V and Gee, plus Michael, Earl, Jarrett, Sergey, Carrick +1. Cavs much improved and easy to tweet ’13-’14 roster.