Video: Mark Steyn’s speech to the Heritage Foundation

posted at 3:12 pm on January 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

I’ve been waiting since the weekend for Bryan to post the video from Iraq and his account of his experiences as an embed, knowing that we’d get a monster traffic blast for it when he did and I could just phone it in for the rest of the day.

Now it’s happened. And it’s everything I’d dreamed it would be.

Here’s your (second-)favorite columnist and mine addressing the Heritagers last Wednesday. His subject? The dawning of a new dark age and why there’s really nothing much we can do about it. Catnip to a pessimist, let me tell you.

Your choice: download the mp3 or else click the image to watch.


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Oh Man! Why did you have to go and post this!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on January 17, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Now, there’s a guest worker I support. Especially when he guest-hosted for Rush.

MDBTCB on January 17, 2007 at 3:37 PM

You’re not as alone as you think, or perhaps wish to be, AP.

…after you die (and go to Heaven) they’ll display something like this, somewhere:

“Here rests a great benevolent satirist – he also functioned as a blog deity who redefined uniqueness upward”.

Entelechy on January 17, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Just watched Mark’s speech.

He made some very good points, both in the speech and in the book.

World will probably turn out EXACTLY like he says.

Probably going to kill myself.

Living through what’s coming would be a fate worse than death.

mikeomatic on January 17, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Excellent stuff. I have to purchase his book now.

Slublog on January 17, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Excellent book, almost done. I hope the Eurodhimmis wake up soon. If not, when they fall, we’ll be saying “Well, we lost Europe, but on the bright side, at least our lefty Dems have woken up because of it, right? Right? Hello?”

Canada will be next and then it’ll just be us and the Aussies.

Tony737 on January 17, 2007 at 4:37 PM

I took a break from renovating my fallout shleter to watch Steyn, then went back to stockpiling cans of soup and Sterno.

What are we going to do when freighters crammed with fleeing Europeans pour into East Coast harbors?

Maybe President Obama will give them sanctuary……

Janos Hunyadi on January 17, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Wow … if only we could get that broadcast nationally for everyone to see.

darwin on January 17, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Civilization is going to end sooner than expected if this is any indication. Let me guess, he’s a progressive artist.

Andy in Agoura Hills on January 17, 2007 at 5:05 PM

“America Alone” is a real eye-opener. In my view Mark Steyn is the smartest guy on the planet regarding this subject.

infidel4life on January 17, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Oh how I wish Mr. Steyn could have a good old fashioned sit-down with GWB and inspire him to “balls up.”

Scotsman on January 17, 2007 at 5:28 PM

This video should be required for every high school and college student to graduate.

retired on January 17, 2007 at 5:53 PM


He did have a sit-down with GWB about a month or so ago along with several other conservative pundits/writers. And, he autographed the President’s copy of America Alone (at GWB’s request!) Let’s just hope he read it.

IrishEi on January 17, 2007 at 5:56 PM

I’m about ready to buy my second copy of his book (after giving my first copy to my Dad), and the description of it being “catnip to a pessimist” is unbelievably accurate.

Please Lord, please let the President actually READ the book and take it to heart during his last two terms in office. Sadly, even if we gave out free copies to everyone in the nation, I don’t even think that the vast majority would read it.


itzWicks on January 17, 2007 at 6:30 PM

er, make that “last two years in office.”

itzWicks on January 17, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Oh goodness, Steyn’s theory requires we sit idly by and watch it happen around us and not say a word. What is the likelyhood of that? I can see why he was a bit put off by the other blokes article about Europeans rising up to throw out the Muslims. He has made a nice minicareer out of his theories but I doubt the West is going to capitulate as easily as he seems to think. How many Americans does it take to put down an Intifada, composed of the “brave in the face of zero opposition ‘youths’ only”? Not as many as you might think. Punks require little effort to defeat, a real problem Europe would face is a lasting IRA like, but Muslim flavored, terrorism after a mini civil war.

Theworldisnotenough on January 17, 2007 at 7:46 PM

Hello, Mark is on his mark as usual. The book is a easy read and the facts are clear. Bush must release the military to complete this first front on humanity.

Jarch007 on January 17, 2007 at 8:17 PM

I was actually there, and it was a very impressive performance! Why oh why can’t we have a President as intelligent and articulate and principled as Steyn?

Lehuster on January 17, 2007 at 8:27 PM

The important point in his speech is that America HAS a Maxim gun. About 10,000 such. And the systems to deliver them to anywhere on the planet. But that we won’t use it.

His point that we basically tie one hand and engage in a conventional war using infantry, aircraft, and armor against an “insurgency,” as opposed to simply nuking them and their sponsor states into radioactive green glass is well made.

We do so because we are (1) humanitarians at heart and not vicious beheaders, (2) we (stupidly, IMHO) care about “world opinion,” and (3) we have to many liberal losers like Kennedy in the Senate (and trolls like “shafter” in this group) working overtime to sabotage the war. God help us if we outrage the left by wiping a nest of Islamofascist vipers off the face of the earth using a conventional (much less a nuclear) weapon, because our internal traitors won’t stand for it, much less the rest of the world — who by the way, hates us anyway, no matter what we do.

Instead of lighting up Muslim cities with the heat of the sun’s surface, we have engaged in efforts around the world using small select forces, such as in Djibouti, to track down and kill our enmies. [I recommend Robert D. Kaplan’s Imperial Grunts as further reading on this subject.] Contrary to what fools and traitors like Kennedy and “shafter” may think, as the recent experience in Somalia shows, it extends America’s reach to the planet’s most remote places.

Let me remind all of you that an “insurgency” in Iraq is NOT a new thing. After the Balfour declaration gave Iraq to the Brits, a Shiite Imam raised Jihad against them, resulting in a general uprising in Iraq that went on for years.

It was put down, though it took several years of hard bloody effort on the part of the Brits and resulted in the loss of many lives, Iraqi and British both. In fact, the Brits used that new invention — the aeroplane — to bomb entire villages into destruction, indiscriminately killing all who dwell-ed there as part of the effort.

In addition, the local British commander also asked London to supply them with WWI surplus mustard and chlorine gas for use in anti-insurgency operations. No gas was used (some say that the Brits had already destroyed their WWI stockpiles, other say that the Home Office balked at the idea), and the effort to defeat the Jihad continued on, without war gases, until about 1925.

For the next 30 years, Iraq was a relatively calm place, until the Brits voluntarily withdrew from Iraq in 1955.

America is not willing to use the tactics that the Brits used in the 1920’s. We are not willing to use daisy-cutters to wipe out entire villages and small cities. And we are not willing to use nukes to remove Mecca, Tehran, or Damascus, because we (as a people) are not into genocide, no matter what the traitor liberals like to claim, absent an attack by Weapons of Mass Destruction aimed at us.

We are going to have to confront Iran sooner or later as they are bound and determined to seek war as part of the Islamic Jihad they espouse. Even though I have a son in the military who would be likely asked to fight it, I reluctantly have come to the conclusion that the sooner we fight this inevitable war, the better for America and, ironically, the Iranian people.

georgej on January 18, 2007 at 3:08 AM

This video should be required for every high school and college student to graduate.

retired on January 17, 2007 at 5:53 PM

It should be but of course it won’t be. I just read NJ has passed some kind of bill to take teaching about Veterans and Veteran’s Day, Columbus and Columbus Day and the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving.

Glynn on January 18, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Sorry, stopped in midsentence, to take those teachings out of public schools.

Glynn on January 18, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Mark Steyn mentioned a great battle against the Dervishes. He said he had been taught to think of it as a great victory, but that now it would be considered a war crime. He didn’t turn aside to consider how to distinguish between great victories and war crimes; he stayed on his topic and advocated great victories. He said that America has the Maxim gun. He then said that Iran will soon have the Maxim gun. He faulted America for not using the Maxim gun and said we must learn to use it. After he said these things, his video was posted on HotAir with every sign of approval.

And I hold up the victory over the Dervishes, as well, as a model for America’s own great victories. Nor will I turn aside to debate debilitating distinctions in public. And whatever this Maxim gun may be–the one that America has, but won’t use, and that Iran and others are trying to get–I say as well, America must learn to use the Maxim gun.

Kralizec on January 18, 2007 at 1:37 PM

This guy is really starting to move into my radar scope. What he’s saying is very eye opening. I’m surprised the PC, Liberal, CAIR, ACLU crowd hasn’t blacked listed him yet.

KCtheKat on January 19, 2007 at 11:48 AM