Michael Moore and Wesley Clark

Just a brief mention here of something I ran across while trawling the Germany Sunday press: Under the headling Bush muß weg! (or “Bush must go!”), the authoritative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is publishing today in its “Feuilleton” section (roughly equivalent to, say, a “Style” section) Michael Moore’s open letter to (ret.) General Wesley Clark of Friday, 12 Sept. In it, he thanks Clark for the support he expressed for Moore at the time of his controversial remarks at the Oscar ceremonies last spring, and urges him to run for president against Bush, whom Moore lambasts with some pretty bitter invective.

Obviously, the letter was originally written in English, not in German, so that link above is only for those more comfortable reading in German, or who want to practice it. The original English version is available at a number of places on-line, but probably the best source is Michael Moore’s own website, here. And, in case you’re in the mood for a rebuttal to that (but not from any Bush partisan, but rather from the leftist lunatic fringe), you could go here, to “An Open Letter to Michael Moore,” of 17 Sept., which warns Moore that he is endorsing a war-criminal, from General Clark’s role in the 1999 Kosovo War. I certainly don’t agree with this; if you’re interested in why, simply click on “More…”

I continue to believe that in the spring of 1999 what NATO did (with US armed forces and Gen. Clark as SACEUR at its head) was stop a major campaign of ethnic-cleansing (albeit late and imperfectly) and force a tyrant to step back and effectively cede control of a territory whose ethnic makeup he wanted to re-arrange using the most brutal means possible. Oh, and NATO did that while conducting a bombing campaign unprecedented in its regard for avoiding casualties among civilians not directly involved in the dispute at hand – simply getting a few people to hold a vigil on any strategic bridge over the Danube, for example, in plain sight of NATO bombers circling overhead, was enough to save that bridge. Perhaps Mr. Lodge, author of that Open Letter to Michael Moore, should speak to a few Albanians – or a few Serbs to see what they really thought of Slobodan Milosevic.

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