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By Ed Morrissey

Ever hear of Claude Castonguay? Maybe not, but those who follow the health-care debate have certainly heard of his creation. Castonguay fathered the single-payer system in Quebec that locked out private insurance, the one which advocates of nationalized health care in the US love to cite as a success story. However, Castonguay has reached a far different conclusion about his creation:

Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: “the father of Quebec medicare.” Even this title seems modest; Castonguay’s work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in “crisis.”

“We thought we could resolve the system’s problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it,” says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: “We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice.”

Castonguay has realized — a little late — that socializing medicine creates a shortage-management system. It limits the resources available, which drives down the level and the quality of service. Without free-market competition and under a burdensome regulatory scheme, there are no incentives for investment, and not even “massive” amounts of government spending can solve those core problems.

What does Castonguay suggest for Canada? He wants the immediate legalization of private insurance. Since the government now owns all caregiving facilities, Castonguay recommends that they lease space to entrepeneurial physicians and care-giving companies to get more services available to Canadians. Right now, the Canadians actually pay Americans to see their citizens, those whose urgent needs cannot be addressed in a timely manner. Not only is that a gigantic hypocrisy — the state system paying private-sector providers in another country — but it also sends money outside of Canada that would remain in Canada if they had private sector health-care options.

IBD walks through a couple of the horror stories that Castonguay has seen his brainchild produce, but the bottom line is that the Canadian experiment has failed so badly that even its creator recognizes it. Castonguay’s epiphany should serve as a warning to America, and those who oppose the nationalization of health care should make themselves familiar with his new efforts to reform the Canadian system while nationalization advocates hail it as a shining example. Thursday, June 26, 2008. 




By Bill Roggio

The US military has identified al Qaeda's leader of Mosul who was killed during a targeted raid in the northern city on June 24.

Multinational Forces Iraq named Abu Khalaf as al Qaeda's emir, or leader, of Mosul who was killed during a raid by Task Force 88, the hunter-killer teams assigned to disrupt terrorist command networks in Iraq and elsewhere. Khalaf was killed by US forces as he reached for a gun and his associate attempted to detonate his vest.

Khalaf "rose through the ranks to become the overall emir of Mosul," the US military stated. He served as al Qaeda's military commander in Mosul during the rule of former al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

He would meet with senior al Qaeda leaders in Mosul and the Jazeera desert "coordinating and ordering dozens of attacks against Iraqi citizens, Iraqi forces and Coalition forces."

Khalaf had close ties to foreign al Qaeda terrorists, according to his associates in custody. "Khalaf traveled much of the time with foreigners," the US military said. Abu Khalud, his aide wearing the suicide vest at the time of his death, was a Syrian national.

The US military has decimated al Qaeda's command network in Mosul since major operations kicked off early this year.

Al Qaeda executes attacks in Mosul, Anbar

While al Qaeda has suffered a major blow with the death of Abu Khalaf, the organization still maintains the capacity to conduct large-scale attacks. Al Qaeda pulled off two major attacks today in Mosul and the city of Karmah in eastern Anbar province.

Eighteen Iraqis were killed and 80 wounded in a car bomb attack between a market and the provincial center in central Mosul. One policeman and 17 civilians were killed in the bombing. The governor of Ninewa province was visiting nearby during the time of the attack.

Three US soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Mosul on June 24. That same day, two Iraqis were killed and 70 wounded in a separate roadside bomb attack.

In Anbar province, al Qaeda struck at a tribal meeting in the city of Karmah. Eighteen people have been reported killed and 17 wounded. Three US Marines and two senior tribal leaders were among those killed in the attack.

The meeting was between leaders of the Zuba'a tribe and the Anbar Awakening movement. The Zuba’a tribe was one of the “sinister six” tribes in Anbar province that signed on to support al Qaeda in Iraq and its puppet Islamic State of Iraq.

The Zuba’a tribe fought an internal civil war over the decision to join al Qaeda in Iraq. The pro-American wing won out after a brutal campaign that included numerous clashes and the near assassination of Salam al-Zuba’i, one of Iraq’s Deputy Prime Ministers.

Task Force 88 killed Muhammad Sulayman Shunaythir al Zuba’i, also as known as Abu Abdullah, the leader of al Qaeda's network in the Karmah region in November 2007. Abu Abdullah was the leader of the Zuba’a who signed on to al Qaeda in Iraq.

Anbar slated to go under Iraqi control

The attack in Karmah comes as Multinational Forces Iraq is preparing to turn over control of the province this weekend. Designating Anbar as Provincial Iraqi Control puts the Iraqi security forces in the lead of security operations. US forces would be in an "overwatch," or supporting role to back up Iraqi forces as needed.

Anbar is the tenth of Iraq's 18 provinces to go under Iraqi control. It was once thought Anbar would be the last to transition to Iraq control. Anbar was written off as "lost" to al Qaeda in Iraq in late 2006. But the rise of the Anbar Awakening, the groups of tribes and former insurgent groups opposed to al Qaeda's theocratic rule, turned the tide in early 2007 and made Anbar one of Iraq's most peaceful provinces. Thursday, June 26, 2008.




By Charles Johnson

Yes, it’s another Palestinian attempt at random murder, as they play a pathetic shell game and pretend Hamas is honoring the truce, while “other groups” (nudge, wink) try to sabotage it: Qassam hits western Negev.

Another ceasefire violation: A Qassam rocket was fired Thursday afternoon from the Gaza Strip into Israel, exploding in an open area in Sderot’s industrial zone. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, took responsibility for firing the rocket. Sources in the Gaza Strip believe that the firing was meant to embarrass Hamas and to harm the ceasefire efforts. Thursday, June 26, 2008.

And the wire services are issuing their usual bizarre headlines:




By Bob Gorell




By Charles Johnson

Just announced at the Investigative Project: Al-Arian Indicted for Contempt.

Convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian has been indicted in Virginia on two counts of criminal contempt after refusing to testify before a federal grand jury despite a grant of immunity.

Al-Arian, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide goods and services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, has argued that his plea agreement ruled out any cooperation with the government. Two appellate courts, the 4th Circuit and 11th Circuit have rejected that argument, saying no such agreement is in the written plea and was not uttered during Al-Arian’s plea hearing.

The indictment offers few details, except to give Oct. 16, 2007 and March 20, 2008 as the dates of his alleged criminal contempt. The grand jury’s focus is believed to be on terror financing by the Herndon, Va.-based International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

IIIT was the single biggest donor for Al-Arian’s Tampa-based think tank, the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). The president of IIIT Al-Arian wrote a letter in 1992 referring to WISE as an extension of IIIT. Thursday, June 26, 2008.



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