If Seattle Could Edit History

One of the things that drove me
craziest when I lived in

several years ago was the astounding ability
of the city`s politicians to suck the plain meaning out
of words-and to replace them with a rhetorical muddle as
gray and hazy as the city`s famous skies.

They`re still at it. The Associated

this week that the left-wing city council

can`t even agree
on a basic resolution offering
support to our troops.

The original resolution, proposed
by Seattle citizen

Michael Behar,
declares that the city
"wholeheartedly supports and appreciates the brave men
and women of Seattle serving in the United States
Military, and wishes them Godspeed in their dangerous
missions and a safe return from harm`s way."

This apparently offended anti-war Councilman Nick
Licata [Nick.Licata@Seattle.gov]
so much that he proposed a lengthy addendum: 

also urge our government to not abandon a foreign policy
that can still achieve victory through diplomacy and
engagement with the United Nations. Avoiding and ending
unnecessary combat in Iraq is a sure way to support our
troops and ensure their safe and speedy return home. We
deeply regret the loss of life, destruction of homes,
and damage to cities and infrastructure in Iraq. Our
hearts go out to the people of Iraq in this time of
suffering and loss, and we hope and pray for peace at
the earliest possible time."

Other council members objected to
depicting the troops` current mission as a response to
"foreign tyrants and aggressors." Another member
complained about a simple line praising local soldiers
for answering the call of duty "whenever the cause of
freedom is threatened."
One politician suggested
describing the troops as fighting not "in defense of
their country"
but for "military service."

Can you imagine if the

Seattle City Council
 appeasers had been around to
edit some of the most famous quotations in the history
of war? Take a peek:

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
  – General

George Patton

[Seattleified: Arrive with me at a
peaceful consensus or form an alternative
decision-making committee to explore underrepresented

War is hell.
– General William Tecumseh


[Seattleified: Armed conflict is a
very, very, very negative thing.]

eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of
liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. –
General Dwight D. Eisenhower,

to his troops on D-Day 1944

[Seattleified: While we support
your efforts in general, our hopes and prayers are that
you avoid unnecessary destruction of sea and plant life
as you land on the fragile beaches at Normandy.]

Give me liberty or give me death.
  – Patrick Henry

[Seattleified: Give non-aggression
a chance.]

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the
weak or the timid.
– President  Dwight D. Eisenhower

[Seattleified: We refuse to rewrite
this offensive statement. It is a hate crime against the
weak and timid.]

best form of defense is attack." –

Karl von Clausewitz

[Seattleified: The most preferable
form of defense is a sit-in, candle lighting, and
survival kit with bottled water, Nutella,
environmentally-safe non-plastic sheeting and homemade
cornstarch paste (a non-industrial alternative to duct

Gorbachev, tear down this wall!  –

Ronald W. Reagan

[Seattleified: Mr. Gorbachev, we
will maintain a non-judgmental posture toward the
Communist regime. P.S. Do you think Moscow would be
interested in being our new sister city?]

I have
nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. –Sir
Winston Churchill

[Seattleified: We have nothing to
offer but tears, tears, tears, and tears.]

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing
great or small, large or petty, never give in except to
convictions of honor and good sense
. – Churchill

[Seattleified: Always give
in-always, always, always, always.]

My good
friends, for the second time in our history, a British
Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace
with honor. I believe it is peace for our time…Go home
and get a nice quiet sleep.  – British Prime Minister

Neville Chamberlain
, the Great Appeaser, after
handing over Czechoslovakia to Hitler to avoid war

[Seattleified: Perfect! We wouldn`t
change a word.]

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

for Michelle Malkin`s website.