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Saturday, April 19, 2003
Instead of replying individually to all these emails I'm getting, here's a summary of my thoughts on the war's outcome so far:
Friday, April 18, 2003
Report Says British Officers Helped Kill Ulster Catholics British terrorism in Northern Ireland. Who woulda thunk it? Must make the Iraqis feel secure to know such high minded gentlemen now have such a big role in running Iraq.
O'Reilly's hypocrisy is amazing. He bitterly complained when reporters interviewed Mel Gibson's father and O'Reilly's own mother. So what does O'Reilly then turn around and do? He interviews Susan Sarandon's mother!
More on why we deliberately let all the cultural institutions be destroyed: because we want to remake Iraq in our own image, and they don't need (we don't want them to have) any of this historic memory.
Thousands Protest U.S. Presence in Baghdad Much credit to Foxnews for reporting this on their front page. I don't see it on the other 24/7 sites! The story was also on Reuters. Anti-US Protest Flares After Baghdad Prayers
Lost in the Shuffle, a Sign of Strength for Social Security Is Social Security really a lot more secure than the right-wing would have you believe? They really want not to save it, but to destroy it by "privatization" and other such schemes.
Amidst all our self-congratulatory bluster about how well the war went, how do we know that our worst fears have not come true, and that when the invasion started, or sometime thereafter, Saddam did not indeed pass on WMD's -- anthrax, nerve gas, etc. -- to Al Qaeda or others? Saddam could well have distributed such WMD's to trusted aides around the world, with instructions to pass the poisons on to their local Al Qaeda rep in the event of an invasion or some other specified event thereafter.
Cable's War Coverage Suggests a New 'Fox Effect' on Television A perhaps understated, but certainly level-headed description of the "fair and balanced" ones:...Fox has brought prominence to a new sort of TV journalism that casts aside traditional notions of objectivity, holds contempt for dissent and eschews the skepticism of government at mainstream journalism's core.
E.P.A. Backs Stricter Guidelines Have the Bushians actually done something good? It's hard to imagine. The article says these regulations can still be changed before they're implemented. Let's wait and see if they're not changed at the last minute. Good fruit doesn't come from a rotten tree. But there could be an exception or two, I guess. I will keep an open mind.
In 2001 Statistics, Trenton Finds Abuse High in Foster Care They say you can judge a society by how well it treats its most vulnerable members. There are no more vulnerable members than our children, except, perhaps, those children who do not even have parents to take care of them. We can come up with $100+ billion dollars to secure our oil supply, but not even a small fraction of that to protect our children. What about their human rights!
Thursday, April 17, 2003
Cable's War Coverage Suggests a New 'Fox Effect' on Television Why would it be a surprise that MSNBC would go pro-war? GE, owner of NBC, is a major weapons manufacturer.
A Crusade After All? Bush's Friends Plan to Evangelize in Iraq Now this would be a terrific idea.
Contradicting Pentagon, Scientists Urge Depleted Uranium Clean Up to Protect Civilians We poison the Iraqi populace with our radioactive weapons.
Time to Inspect The Home Front It is we who have massive quantities of chemical weapons stored all over our country.
Transcript of Tim Robbins Speech to the National Press Club He knows with the death threats etc., that the right-wing attack on war dissenters is deliberate, dangerous and inimical to our democracy.
For the People on the Streets, This is not Liberation but a New Colonial Oppression Good questions about all the things our troops are not doing in Iraq that they should be. Echoes of what I wrote the other day, that we like to totally destroy countries so they're too abject to oppose us.
Jessica Lynch's TentmateNeither of these three women should ever have been exposed to combat. They should never have been put into circumstances where they would be put in harm's way. That�s not why they were there.No, they're not victims of feminists. They're victims of Bushians and their like -- including most Democrats -- who create an economy where these young woman have to join the military to have hopes of winding up with a decent job!
Ron Reagan Jr. Blasts 'Corrupt' Bush Administration Wow!Salon asked Ron Jr.: What if a group of concerned citizens approached him and helped raise money for his entry into politics? His response:
Dangerous Viruses Feared Lost In Iraq Not to mention the fact that before he went down Saddam may well have handed off WMD's to terrorists, in Iraq and/or abroad.
Nice letter sent by a visitor to this site to O'Reilly:Bill,
Amounts of pesticides used in Vietnam war underestimated: study U.S. chemical warfare.
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Occupying powers responsible for grave humanitarian crisis in Iraq Doctors condemn occupying forces for failing to fulfill Geneva accords. I don't know if the situation is as grave as they make it out to be, but it does seem as if protecting the Oil Ministry and the oil fields was done quickly and efficiently, while humanitarian needs of the civilian population have been attended to in a lackadaisical fashion at best.
Behind Our Backs Paul Krugman seems to be reluctantly coming to the conclusion that the American public can be easily bamboozled over and over again by the same Republican tricks. I came to that conclusion in 1972 when Nixon was re-elected. And I haven't been proven wrong since!
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
I finally figured out what Fox News reminds me of. While I didn't really watch the programs, I did see enough snippets of it to know that I see the real-life incarnation of Beavis & Butthead on the Fox News network. Both Fox and the cartoon friends share a snarly ignorance that they mistake for class and intelligence.
Pentagon Was Told Of Risk to Museums Of course they were. We always like to destroy as much of a country as we can -- with plausible deniability -- so as to increase our later stranglehold on it.
Mark Twain Speaks to Us: "I Am an Anti-Imperialist" Wow, he really said some strong things way back then.
Large Protests Greet US-Backed Talks on Post-Saddam Iraq Huh? 20,000 people protesting? Did any of you see a word of mention of this on the 24/7 propaganda machines? I didn't, and thus I'm sure it didn't happen, or else it would have been reported, right?
Ultimate Insiders Even after it was clear that Saddam Hussein had gassed the Kurds, killing thousands in 1983, Donald Rumsfeld went immediately afterwards to Iraq to curry favor with Saddam. So now when Rumsfeld talks about his concern for the well-being of the Iraqi people, excuse me if those of us with some historical facts in our brains don't believe him (and feel like puking).
For Those Who Question the War, Complications Amid Loss Interesting piece about 5 anti-war parents who lost their children in combat during this Iraq War.
Tax Inquiries Fall as Cheating Increases The real headline of this hard-hitting piece should be "Government Loses $280 Billion in Taxes From Known, Identified Cheats." The subheadline could be "Corporations and the Rich Allowed to Flaunt Tax Laws."
Not All Freedom Is Made in America Warning to right-wingers who have stumbled upon this site: the following excerpts from the article make make your vision blur:When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in the 1830's, he was struck by Americans' conviction that "they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people," and "form a species apart from the rest of the human race."
Ali set to be airlifted to Kuwait I'm glad this poor child will get the proper medical care. I wish similar care had been lavished upon Palwasha, the Afghan girl whose spinal cord was severed by U.S. shrapnel, making her a quadraplegic. I don't even know if she's still alive.
Monday, April 14, 2003
Something just doesn't seem right. When that statue fell, there weren't hundreds of thousands, or tens of thousands, or even thousands cheering. There were about 200 guys, who looked like extras on a set. Another example: getting the power back on in Bagdhad. Since people need to work to earn money to live, I don't understand where are all the engineers and other workers who run those power plants. I would have thought they'd stream in and get the power on, and start earning some money. Another thing: why would people loot hospitals? What do they need an incubator for? Were the looters in those instances people so poor that they could never have afforded to be treated in the hospital, and now they're getting a sort of revenge?
Censoring the Dead: We Can See Corpses in TV Dramas, But Not the Real Casualties of WarNevertheless: this televised war, with all its access... has largely turned away at the moment of final reality. "Some of the scenes here in Basra are just too gruesome for us to show you," one correspondent confessed, unblinking. And nobody stopped to ask: why?Television coverage that the war-makers love.
For Self-Determination in Iraq, The U.S. Must Leave Fat chance. Short and to the point.
Cheering Crowds Don't Make an Unjust War RightThe US regime says it wants a "democratic" Iraq but with leaders it approves of; that it wants a free-market economy and that it wants the oil to pay for all the devastation. The oil will belong to Western companies with Iraqi intermediaries ready to sell out. This is liberation? What if the Iraqis don't want the exile puppets imposed democratically? What if they decide that to rebuild they would rather have a social-democratic model with a partly managed economy, especially when it comes to the management of oil? Are they free to do this? Of course not....Don't expect to get any rational answers if you ask these questions to pro-war people.
Mel Gibson Backs Michael Moore's Bush Basher I can't figure this one out.
U.S. Plans to Limit Protected Wilderness to 23 Million Acres Bush and the right wing march on with their attempt to destroy as much of the Earth as possible.
Murder Conviction Is Sought in Dog Case Remember the San Francisco dog mauling case? I hope they reinstate the murder conviction. That stupid woman should spend a lot of time in jail as a warning to others who keep obviously dangerous dogs.
Sunday, April 13, 2003
Who is to Blame for the Collapse in Morality That Followed the 'Liberation'? Good tirade against the cowardly journalists who have become immoral Pentagon propagandists. For example:We journalists have been co-operating, too, with a further collapse of morality in this war. Take, for example, the ruthless bombing of the residential Mansur area of Baghdad last week. The Anglo-American armies � or the "coalition", as the BBC still stubbornly and mendaciously calls the invaders � claimed they believed that Saddam and his two evil sons Qusay and Uday were present there. So they bombed the civilians of Mansur and killed at least 14 decent, innocent people, almost all of them � and this would obviously be of interest to the religious feelings of Messrs Bush and Blair � Christians.
All the Explanations for This War are Bogus A playright says some profound stuff:George Bush is a born-again Christian and a recovering alcoholic. I see in him the uncontrollable anger of the alcoholic, once directed at himself, sluiced away every night into his bloodstream and out into the gutter, now, tragically, directed, via his amazingly aggressive, amazingly triumphant body language, on to whatever poor soul comes into his sights.
Where Now, America?A dog and pony show in Paradise Park briefly interrupts the panorama: flanked by American tanks and soldiers, surrounded by absolutely empty streets, in a city of five million, two or three hundred Iraqis dance and cheer as Americans pull down a statue of Saddam: Baghdad is liberated! The tanks quickly move to guard the Ministry of Oil, as all other government buildings are looted and destroyed. UN buildings are looted, Red Cross headquarters looted, stores looted, schools looted, museums looted - al-Kindi hospital stripped bare...A lot of truth in this evaluation.
Privatization in Disguise Very good article about how the Iraqi people are going to get screwed.
A Civilization Torn to PiecesThe reality, which the Americans and, of course, Mr Rumsfeld fail to understand is that under Saddam Hussein, the poor and deprived were always the Shia Muslims, the middle classes always the Sunnis, just as Saddam himself was a Sunni. So it is the Sunnis who are now suffering plunder at the hands of the Shia.Will this turn out to be true?
After an Unjust War, Is It Possible to Achieve a Just Peace? Among the questions asked:7) Will the United States allow the civil successes of Baath socialism from its nonbelligerent period to be reinstituted if the Iraqi people want them? Will we allow (immensely popular) socialistic universal health care and free education programs (through to the Ph.D. level) to return to Iraq, even though the U.S. government will not provide them for its own citizens?Of course we won't. We didn't go over there to let those Iraqis become Commies, did we?
Rout Proves Anti-War Point For something to be the greatest contest of any sort, you need two adversaries that are pretty evenly matched. If Mike Tyson knocks out a skinny 98 pound weaking in 2 seconds, and proclaims he waged the most brilliant, fastest, best boxing effort in history, we would laugh at him. How is that different than our crowing about our brilliant, fastest military campaign against Iraq?Dick Cheney, the U.S. vice-president, also heaped praise on the new Rumsfeld doctrine last week, approvingly quoting historian Victor Davis Hanson's gushing tribute to the early phases of the Iraq campaign:
What's in a Name? For a Turkish Youth, Maybe Jail Ah, another of our "democratic" allies, throwing a kid in jail for a wrong word.
American Air Attack Mistakenly Kills 11 Afghans Perhaps you missed this story, but rest assured, we're still mistakenly bombing and killing civilians in Afghanistan.
Government in Guatemala Is Accused of Backing Crimes After backing a genocidal dictatorship here for many years, the U.S. is trumpeting how there now is "democracy". I hope for the sake of the Iraqi people that this is not the type of U.S.-sponsored democracy they wind up with.
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