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4.22.03. A 'senior Bush administration official': "Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran."
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Dixie Chicks Naked
"They shouldn't have their feelings hurt just because some people don't want to buy their records when they speak out. You know, freedom is a two-way street."
- G.W. Bush
(Clear Channel Role...)
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Signs in libraries inform the reader that the USA Patriot Act "prohibits library workers from informing you if federal agents have obtained records about you." ...more...
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" When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist." - Dom Helda Camara, Brazilian Bishop
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"The Most Emotionally Healthy Culture on the Planet"
-A North American Falls In Love with Brazil-
By John Perry Barlow
(NarcoNews April 7, 2003... more...)
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Cloak of Invisibility
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Max Tegmark in SciAm: A 4-level Multiverse, composed of an infinite number of parallel universes... (Max Tegmark... more)
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"In the depth of winter,
I finally learned that
within me there lay
an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus

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Iraq

April 22: Iraq: Phase 2: Hot Potato...

The Baghdad regime disolved and vanished... amid the looting and chaos, there was talk of 'catastrophic success'... the hawks felt vindicated, and the USG spoke with a renewed faith in the efficacy of violence...
But hold on... what's that freaky sound ... is that Pandora's thing creaking open? Leaving sooner starts to look smarter, but it's starting to look more and more difficult to turn Iraq over to anyone but the Shiias- the majority after all. But did the US drive out Saddam only to pave the way for an Islamic Shiite Iraq? (see Washington Post April 22: U.S. Planners Surprised by Strength of Iraqi Shiites)
This brings to mind one of the more out-there theories arising spontaneously from the curious facts of the matter... that the fake intel provided the US and delivered by Powell to the UN was not from the Israelis, but from some element in the Saudi ruling family. By this logic, the Saudis would get America to oust Saddam, and with that the justification for the US keeping bases in Saudi Arabia. The "hard" version of this theory intertwines that motivation with another, which seeks to oust Saddam in order to open Iraq up to Islamic radicalism and Islamic statehood. This 2nd party in this scenario may have been our nemesis UBL himself.
Another version, which seems to me the more likely, has the Iranians behind the same ploy, and argues they will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a Shiite Islamic Iraq, and have the capacity for pervasive influence in the process.
American people tend to suspect the war is about oil and projection of power; it may be for the American leaders- but this is well known to those who aim to withstand the American riposte and even profit from it... and what appear to us as the "real reasons" for the war may be, to the hypothesized aforementioned parties, the bait.

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Countries do get "suckered" into wars...
Brzezinski: "Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire."
From: The Silence About 911. William Rivers Pitt. Monday 21 April 2003

And of course, there was that "bungled diplomacy" in July of 1990, culminating with April Glaspie's meeting with Saddam, on the eve of the Kuwait invasion: "...we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait."   (Transcript)

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And by the way, where is Saddam? Where are his weapons of mass destruction? LATimes' Robert Scheer comments...

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More war notes:

A Crusade After All?
Bible Brigades Head for Iraq- 4 Articles:
Lampman - CSM / Gumbel - LATimes / Eisenberg - India Express
Sharlet - Harper's /

Baghdad Looting: Official Resigns in protest:
Martin Sullivan, head of the President's Cultural Advisory Committee called the looting a "tragedy," and charged it was not prevented "due to our nation's inaction." (more...)

Unprotected and looted: Baghdad's hospitals, the National Museum, the National Library.. PROTECTED: the Ministry of Oil-
"We have basically told Iraq that the only thing we value in their country is oil. Their heritage means nothing, their culture is irrelevant. The more I think about this, the more of a total disaster this is." -Steve Gilliard, Daily Kos (more...)

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War, What Is it Good For? - Bob Herbert, NYTimes, 4.21.03.

A picture making the rounds of the internet purports to be
Richard Perle's secret plan for the mideast (view in new window).

"I've been all the way through this desert from Basra to here and I ain't seen one shopping mall or fast food restaurant. These people got nothing. Even in a little town like ours of twenty five hundred people you got a McDonald's at one end and a Hardees at the other." from "The Sack of Baghdad" Robert Fiske (...more)

Pizza Hut and Burger King have set up their first Iraqi franchises, on a British military base near Basra. (Harper's WIR more...)
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Meanwhile, here at home, the aftershocks of 9/11 continue. Recent alarums of note:

The War at Home- New York Times Editorial, 4.20.03.

'Tim Robbins: A Chill Wind is Blowing in This Nation...
Transcript of the speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 4/15/03.

Bill Moyers: "America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own, and they are privatizing democracy. " -Bill Moyers, 4/18 (more...)

Margaret Atwood: What Happened to America? (Article...)

Gunter Grass - The U.S. Betrays Its Core Values (Article...)

Richard Dawkins: Bin Laden's Victory
"Bin Laden must be beside himself with glee. And the infidels are now walking right into the Iraq trap." (more...)

Brian Eno: The US Needs To Open Up to the World
"President Bush recently declared that the U.S. was 'the single surviving model of human progress.' Maybe some Americans think this self-evident, but the rest of us see it as a clumsy arrogance born of ignorance." (more...)

Gore Vidal: The Enemy Within (Article...)

Her Beautiful Mind...
Barbara Bush: 'Why should we hear about body bags and deaths...? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (more...)

Woolsey: It's World War IV
James Woolsey, ex- CIA director, in a speech sponsored by UCLA's campus Republicans and a group called "Americans for Victory Over Terrorism" said America had entered World War IV. (story...)
As of 4/22, Woolsey is being touted for a key position in liberated Iraq (ABC interview....)

Remember James Baker, Reagan's Secretary of State, top gun of GW Bush's election 2000 posse? Well, he's back.. his law firm Baker Botts is defending the Saudis named in the 911 family survivors lawsuit...More on this and other strangeness in William Rivers Pitt: The Silence About 911

Transcript: Mindy Kleinberg testimony. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. March 31, 2003

American Gulag population reached 2 million; an estimated 12 percent of African-American men ages 20 to 34 are in jail or prison. (more...)

Howard Dean, our favorite for the 2004 nomination:
Bush: It's Not Just His Doctrine That's Wrong



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Following upset results of the French government-sponsored Islamic Council elections, which gave 35% to radical factions favoring Sharia in France, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkosy said, "Islamic law will not apply anywhere here, because it is not the law of the French republic." ( more...)
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"The National Imagery and Mapping Agency deemed NASA's request less important than its tasks related to a potential war in Iraq, and did not try to take a picture of the shuttle's damaged skin before the Columbia's disastrous reentry on Feb. 1." (Wash.Post 3/14/2003... more...)
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