Will Iraq become Middle Eastern Proxy Number Four? British Prime Minister Tony Blair is willing to let the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran turn Iraq into a de facto colony - and get away with backing the terrorists who kill American and British troops; the folks at National Review Online sound the alarm.
More on the Middle Eastern proxies: A witness to the murder of Zahra Kazemi is executed (Shotgun). James T. Hackett expresses justifiable concern about the mullahs' missile program (Washington Times). Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lets loose rare candor on Syria (Agence France Presse via Breitbart).
From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Boycott 2008 highlights two more groups of Communist victims: dogs and athletes. One Free Korea ponders Stalinist North Korea's imminent return to famine.
More on human rights abuses in Communist China: Zhang Zilin, a leader of the mainland anti-Communist Pan-Blue Coalition (not to be confused with Taiwan's weak-on-Communism pan-blues) is now under arrest (Epoch Times); a protest leader in Shanwen is also in jail (Epoch Times). A boy dies in Guangan, Sichuan because Communist doctors wouldn't treat him before his parents paid the hospital fee (BBC); the Communists beat his mother for daring to appeal the cruel treatment of her son (Epoch Times).
More on the Communists' Korean colony: While Washington seems to be enthralled with re-running last year's six-party debacle, National Review (fifth bullet and Stanley Kurtz) is rightly less impressed. South Korea is probing an American for possible espionage, but doesn't mind openly enabling the Stalinist regime (United Press International via Washington Times). Defectors from Stalinist North Korea give a thumbs-down to aid to the regime (Daily NK). Daily NK also notices that when leading Stalinists receive medical treatment, it's almost never at home.
Ignorant Comment of the Day: While Eric Margolis (Toronto Sun) puts himself in the running with a sickening ode to the Communist regime, the dubious prize goes to Daniel Gallington for a stunningly naive Washington Times piece on the prospects of a "national security dialogue" between Zhongnanhai and the U.S.
More on Communist China and the United States: A Communist Chinese submarine "stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). The Epoch Times and the China Support Network reports on an anti-Communist forum in New York. The Communist regime is not happy Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Epoch Times).
On Communist China and Canada: As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares for the next Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum summit, his critics take another opportunity to go after him for daring to have an anti-Communist foreign policy (Canadian Press).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Communist China responds to the European Union's efforts to hold back its shoes (BBC). Tibet's leader calls for democracy in China (Washington Times, last item). Occupied East Turkestan become the transit point for Afghan narcotics (Epoch Times).