Sunday, March 23, 2003

I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam

Why would a 23-year-old Jewish- American photographer living in Islington, north London say such a thing?

Like may other anti-war people, he was just interested in protesting the government ... he didn't actually know any Iraqis. When he finally met them, in Iraq, all he heard were the evils of Saddam ... and he found once there he wasn't actually allowed to shield any civilians. For their parts, the civilians considered themselves at much less risk from American bombs than from Saddam himself.

We should buy tickets for Hollywood actors so they could also get a clue.

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Friday, March 21, 2003

France Says the US and Britain Shouldn't Administer Iraq

Are we going to ask them? If we intended to care what the UN thinks, we would have started by now. I think at this point France, Germany, Russia, China -- all military dictatorships currently or at one point in their violent histories -- are specifically excluded from the party.

Don't like it? Pass a UN resolution about it.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Britain Worries Saddam May Use Chemical Weapons On His Own Troops and Blame the Allies

What? An evil dictator would never do such a thing! Other people, like the Kurds or the Iranians ... sure ... but not his own people. Well, okay, maybe government sponsored torture, rape and murder.

But not gassing people to make the US and Britain look bad! That would force Europeans to find some other reason to complain about US involvement in their money.

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Sunday, March 09, 2003

Mexico Worries About American Backlash

Mexico seems to forget it is not the world superpower and thus not a target for petty dictators trying to make names for themselves. Likewise Mexico seems to forget military alliances do not apply to decisions the UN agrees with ...

What Mexico does seem to think is true is 'Hollywood logic' ... they think, like actors, that you can use your position in the world to foist your views on people yet seem to think it is inappropriate for actions to have consequences. Actors believe they will be 'black-listed' ( the favorite device of the left is to bring up the most extreme example, like PETA comparing animals as food to the Holocaust or every left wing group comparing every Republican to Hitler ) for expressing their views. I hope so. No one has done a total Jane Fonda yet ... hopping onto enemy guns while they shoot at Americans ... and no one has quite done a Donald Sutherland yet ( "F.T.A" -- Fuck The Army, the film for which he is most remembered by me ) but plenty of them are doing that sort of casually divisive thing and then insisting that America is all about their right to run to foreign countries and insult Americans. Dixie Chicks, Ed Norton and all the rest want to suck up to their foreign audiences, not recognizing that we aren't aware they have no actual personalities or thoughts of their own ... but since Americans don't recognize that hypocrisy isn't actually hypocrisy if it's done on foreign soil, you can watch movie receipts and record sales dwindle.

Call it a blacklist if you want ... I call it the American people exercising the same rights the Dixie Chicks are trumpeting.

So how does Mexico come into that tirade? Like actors they want to turn their back on America ... on something that America has obviously decided is important, since we're walking away from all of Old Euope to do it ... but have no consequences. Who do Mexicans think are running American businesses? Anti-war protesters? Actors? Europeans? No, red-white-and-blue patriots who understand it could have been them in the Towers ... and it could be them at a baseball game or a football game or a mall if it happens again somewhere else. Red-white-and-blue-Americans who understand that squashing petty tyrants here and there makes other petty tyrants realize the price is too high for attacking America.

Qaddafi was convinced by Ronald Reagan to such a degree that even now he's willing to pay $3 billion to the families of the Lockerbie victims, and there isn't any proof he masterminded that one ... what convinced him was a few F-111 love missiles in 1986, after the German disco bombing.

Who was against American retaliation that time too? You guessed it ... Germany and France.

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Iraqi Soldiers, Unaware War Has Not Started, Begin Suddendering

The British 16th Air Assault Brigade were doing a routine weapons test in Kuwait and were suddenly surprised to find Iraqi soldiers walking toward them, hands in the air.

The British soldiers told them they had not attacked, it was just a test. Then they had to send them back home to wait for the real fight.

Meanwhile, the French government continues to insist there should be no war in Iraq as long as it is not certain America will lose.

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Saturday, March 08, 2003

Blix Leaves Iraqi Chemical Bomb Drones Out Of UN Presentation

But then buries it in the 170-page written report. If you remember, this is what Powell discussed at his UN presentation a month ago. Still, the Security Council does not see that a crazed maniac like Hussein would ever use those drones against the US.

"We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical and biological weapons across broad areas," Bush said in preparation for a congressional vote authorizing the use of force against Iraq. "We're concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVs for missions targeting the United States."

The fact that these drones are possessed by Iraq and have a range exceeding the UN-imposed limitation was so inconsequential that he didn't bother to mention it ... Mr. Blix is so intent on looking balanced he could find positive spin in the Rape of Nanking.

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Friday, March 07, 2003

Hussein Gives Western Uniforms To Soldiers So They Can Attack Iraqi Civilians

All that's needed is a gullible CNN cameraman.

"Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has ordered the procurement of military uniforms identical down to the last detail to those of the United States and United Kingdom forces" now gathered in the Gulf, said James Wilkinson, a senior spokesman for Central Command.

"Saddam intends to issue these uniforms to 'Fedayeen Saddam' troops who would wear them when conducting reprisals against the Iraqi people so that they could pass the atrocities off as the work of the United States and the United Kingdom."

A "fact sheet" provided by Central Command, which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, and has responsibility for any war in Iraq, said that Fedayeen Saddam, or "Men of Sacrifice," has a strength of more than 15,000 and was founded by Saddam's son, Uday, in 1994.

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French Still Selling Military Parts to Iraq

Or so an intelligence official told them, says the Washington Times. I hate unnamed sources ... the scourge of Woodward and Bernstein. Still, this sounds like it might be true because it's so very French. Iraq has more than 50 Mirage F-1 jets and an unknown number of Gazelle attack helicopters, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

France has been Iraq's best friend in the West. French arms sales to Baghdad were boosted in the 1970s under Premier Jacques Chirac, the current president. Mr. Chirac once called Saddam Hussein a "personal friend."

During the 1980s, when Paris backed Iraq in its war against Iran, France sold Mirage fighter bombers and Super Entendard aircraft to Baghdad, along with Exocet anti-ship missiles.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell last month released intelligence information showing videotape of an Iraqi F-1 Mirage that had been modified to spray anthrax spores.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Iraq Diplomat Has Hissy Fit Toward Kuwaiti, Calls Him A 'Monkey'

"Shut up you minion, you (U.S.) agent, you monkey. You are addressing Iraq," he said. "You are insolent. You are a traitor to the Islamic nation," Ibrahim spat out as Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani tried to shut him up.

Whaaaaa...? You mean the Religion of Peace thinks that all Muslim nations must side against all non-Muslim nations if there is a conflict? How can that be? In the west this is not a fight about Christianity and every Middle-East Professor I can find insists it's the same way in the actual Middle East ... except they don't live there.

Iraq still harbors resentment against Kuwait for not agreeing to be their 19th province in 1990. I guess being a monkey for the US, who rescued them, is better than being a monkey for a homocidal dictator next door.

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Palestinian Suicide Bomber Manages To Kill Students

15 people in Haifa total ... most of them students. Israeli students are the most likely to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause but that doesn't matter to Palestinians, whose destructive intent is based on culture and racial and religious hatred rather than 'war' or achieving a realistic goal.

"Once again the bestial hand of Palestinian terrorism has struck at the heart of Israel," said Mark Sofer, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding that in the past two months Israeli forces had thwarted almost 100 attempted attacks.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat condemned "any attack that is targeting civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli. But he added: "We reject the Israel government finger-pointing that the Palestinian Authority is responsible."

Okay, the world will again ask; if you aren't in control of the maniacs you create with your rhetoric, why should Israel bother to negotiate with you?

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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Ahmad Berwari of Iraq: The Germans Make No Sense

Ahmad Berwari, the German representative of Iraqi Kurdish opposition group PUK, had this to say about German unwillingness to oust Husseinin Der Spiegel: "Dies ist eine besondere deutsche Sicht von einer Regierung, deren Wandel wir nicht verstehen. Die Bundesrepublik war im Jugoslawien-Konflikt ein Falke, jetzt spielt sie Taube. Das leuchtet uns nicht ein. War das wegen der Wahlen? Oder ist die Bundesrepublik in einer wirtschaftlichen Lage, dass sie es sich jetzt gar nicht leisten kann, Milliarden für einen Krieg auszugeben, wie es im Golfkrieg um Kuweit geschah? Vielleicht denkt die Bundesregierung auch, dass es für sie wirtschaftlich unerheblich ist, ob der Irak mit oder ohne Saddam Hussein regiert wird. "

To you and me, that means "That is a uniquely German view from a government whose shifting positions we don't understand. Germany was a hawk in the Yugoslavia war, now it is a dove. That doesn't make sense to us. Was that because of the [German] elections? Or is Germany now in an economic position that it can't afford the billions for a war, as it did during the Gulf War over Kuwait? Maybe the German government believes that it's economically irrelevant whether Iraq is ruled by Saddam Huseein or not."

Maybe they "Just don't like Bush" ...which is a stupid way to run a country but very European. I didn't like Clinton much and found it odd he chose to bomb Iraq on the day his impeachment hearings were to begin, but I don't remember him asking the UN for permission to do so and I don't remember the Germans saying a word about it ... especially Schroeder, who you'll recall led all of the 'peace protests' against an attack in 1991. Oh yeah, that's because they were making money violating the UN sanctions.

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Monday, March 03, 2003

Human Shields Leave Iraq Citing Safety Concerns

See, these nugs made a couple of errors. First, they thought they would actually be protecting civilians and instead Iraq placed them near military targets. Second, they assumed since the only people they talk to are pro-Iraq that everyone is pro-Iraq ... they thought that there would be this mass surge of people doing the same thing as them. Thousands and thousands. Instead it's just a few few dumb Canadian nurses and a few students and a few Brits who were on the dole anyway.

So now they're starting to realize that the US doesn't care if a few dumb people get exploited by the misogynyst, racist, homophobic, mass-murdering dictator in Iraq. He's been killing people for decades so he certainly isn't going to be worried about a few Europeans if he's going to die anyway.

Hussein never had any intention of letting them 'protect' hospitals unless they had AA guns on the roof. Europeans and Canadians were just too dumb to know this without actually going there and seeing it for themselves.

Hussein wants hospitals blown up ... preferably with CNN cameras rolling. Heck, he might do it himself, being an evil dictator and all. Anything that would prevent that is going to be a no-no.

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Sunday, March 02, 2003

Iraq Destroys 4 out of 30,000 Missiles: French Claim The World Is Most Peaceful Since 1938

Yep, they did it. Hussein let inspectors watch as four missiles were destroyed by bulldozers thus wiping out his 25 years of genocide, terror, murder, intolerance and hatred in the eyes of the world.

The sprawling missile complex on which the destruction occurred passed underneath the notice of the inspectors ... much like the many other sprawling missile complexes in Iraq that apparently exist for no other reason than to create really short-range missiles. Since UN inspectors are unable to cross the border into Syria and Arabia they've been unable to locate the 29,996 missiles Hussein built.

If Un inspectors don't see 'em, they must not exist and certainly don't need to be destroyed. To be fair, Hussein listed those missiles in his UN declaration ... he just listed them under a different name and with a different firing radius than they actually have. An honest mistake. Any homocidal dictator could have made the same one.

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Syria Holds Corrupt Elections: Somehow the BBC Considers This 'Historic'

Another Arab dictator holding fake elections is not 'historic' ... even if the BCC continues to reinvent the word. It's the same old Arab dictatorship. 'President' Bashar Assad, who took power in 2000 from his father, runs the National Progressive Front. The Ruling Socialist Arab Baath Party (SABP) and six other allied smaller parties grouped in the National Progressive Front are guaranteed 127 of the 250 seats . Since they will have a majority guaranteed before the elections are held, it is unlikely the Syrian people will suddenly have the opportunity to stop funding terrorism or provoking Palestinians to blow up Jews.

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Fire Hits Library In Alexandria, Egypt: Saddam Hussein Does Not Claim It Was "The Will of God"

Nor did any Christian world leader claim it was God smiting down the corrupt when an Iranian airliner crashed two weeks ago. Only the September 11th terrorist attack and the Columbia were cited by Hussein as "The Will of Allah" and basically their guy smiting the infidels. Strange how that works.

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