Monthly Archives: January, 2003

Not About Nothing

The risks of doing nothing, the risks of assuming the best from Saddam Hussein, it’s just not a risk worth taking.

– Dubya, Jan. 29

Let’s get something straight once and for all.

This is not a choice between war and nothing.

Inspections are something.

Giving intelligence to the inspectors so they can do their jobs better is something.

Allowing the inspectors enough time to properly complete their work is something.

Economic and diplomatic pressure is something.

Direct support of Iraqi opposition groups is something.

Targeted military strikes to destroy known sites of weapons production is something.

No one (outside of the A.N.S.W.E.R. steering committee) is assuming the best of Saddam.

And it’s completely dishonest to characterize the majority of Americans who are against unilateral war as believing as such.

via Liberal Oasis

more on el residente’s speech…

from J. Ridgeway, Village Voice on-line,

Forget Your Problems, We’re Preparing for a War


Angkor: Cambodia’s jewel in the jungle

The ancient city of Angkor, the center of a bizarre modern day spat between Cambodia and Thailand, is the jewel of Cambodia’s cultural heritage. Even the radical Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia in the 1970s and butchered most of its culture, regarded Angkor with a sense of awe and held it up as the peak of Cambodian civilization.

Thailand severed virtually all ties with Cambodia yesterday after bizarre rumours about a soap opera actor’s alleged remarks about a ruined temple grew into a diplomatic dispute involving a burning embassy, warships and the deployment of commandos.

Bangkok’s drastic action was in response to the destruction of its embassy and attacks on Thai-owned businesses in Phnom Penh on Wednesday by rioters allowed to rampage for hours while the security forces apparently did little to restrain them.

Kurt Vonnegut vs. the !&#*!@

I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable. And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka “Christians,” and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or “PPs.” (via)

I recently got back from the Maldives. Departing from Rome, there was a 2 hour layover in Dubai and thus the possiblity to ready Arab-based newspapers in English. Aside from the fact that, in between Rome and the Maldives, every newspaper I read gave radically different figures for how many U.S. troops were heading towards Iraq –one wrote 35,000, another 50,000, one even wrote 100,000,000. It makes one wonder where journalists get their information.

But the most interesting article I read while in Dubai claimed that Bush wanted to attack Iraq, not only for obvious reasons, but also to appropriate land to give to the Palestines for the creation of their own state and thus resolve the problem for the Israelis.

PILGER: BLAIR IS A COWARD

Unelected in 2000, the Washington regime of George W Bush is now totalitarian, captured by a clique whose fanaticism and ambitions of “endless war” and “full spectrum dominance” are a matter of record.

All the world knows their names: Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Perle, and Powell, the false liberal. Bush’s State of the Union speech last night was reminiscent of that other great moment in 1938 when Hitler called his generals together and told them: “I must have war.” He then had it.

To call Blair a mere “poodle” is to allow him distance from the killing of innocent Iraqi men, women and children for which he will share responsibility.

He is the embodiment of the most dangerous appeasement humanity has known since the 1930s. The current American elite is the Third Reich of our times, although this distinction ought not to let us forget that they have merely accelerated more than half a century of unrelenting American state terrorism: from the atomic bombs dropped cynically on Japan as a signal of their new power to the dozens of countries invaded, directly or by proxy, to destroy democracy wherever it collided with American “interests”, such as a voracious appetite for the world’s resources, like oil.

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There is much more. Read it. Please.

The Rice Project (via email)

Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-sized bag

or sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag.

Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written:

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.” Romans 12:20.

Please send this rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them.

Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized

or small padded mailing envelope – both are the same cost to mail)

and address the package to:

President George Bush

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37 cent stamps equal $1.11) Drop

this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act NOW so that President

Bush gets the letters ASAP.

Jonathon Delacour offers a nuanced, powerful account of American power as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. These days, I wish I was down there with him.

From Eric Alterman: Altercation quoting a paragraph from Richard K. Betts in Foreign Affairs by “Some Americans also become indignant when it is suggested that an Iraqi counterattack could be considered the fault of American initiative. This stance, they argue, is like blaming the victim. But this argument again confuses moral and material interests. If the snake strikes back when you poke it, you may blame the snake rather than yourself for being bitten. But you will still wish that you had not poked it.”

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