Archive for December 25, 2003
Excellent critique of the lousy Geneva Accord by my friend Joseph.
When told about the mad cow disease scare, Bush says: “Let the masses eat caviar.” (By the way, Marie Antoinette never said what she is alleged to have said. That was a fabrication, probably by sexist historians).
CNN should be bought by the White House. CNN is reporting, with a straight face, that the lies in Bush’s famous speech were the fault of fact checkers. They check facts, not lies and fabrications.
Americans are becoming more open-minded: increase in US public support for gays in the military, on the condition that they all serve in Tikrit.
A major discovery. Apparently Saddam is still directing the insurgency. Yes, he is in US custody. But apparently, he is sending messages to the insurgents from his prison cell through the lice in his hair. Who would have guessed.
You would think that I am making this up to amuse you. I am not. The Washington Post has yet another account of the “trove of intelligence” found on Saddam (in the pocket of his garb, I guess as it is unlikely to find anything more in that magical briefcase of his). And how silly: [...]
On protecting children from rape and racism.
You know that an American presidential candidate is taking himself seriously, and is taken seriously, when he starts telling voters how much he loves Jesus, and how influenced he is by Jesus. Howard Dean, who never spoke about religion before, now would like you to know that he is, you guessed right, very close to [...]
An interesting account by a right-wing Washington Times columnist of Arab theories of Saddam’s past alliance with the US.
The French revolutionary Robespierre once observed that: “clerics are to virtue what charlatans are to medicine.” Here is this Egyptian fundamentalist cleric, Yusuf Al-Qardawi: he rails and yells regularly, and yet if he is ever summoned by an Arab prince or a king, he rushes in a second to pay homage. (He once was humiliated [...]
Should we reconsider our views of the brutality of Israel? Have we been unfair to Israel? In a humanitarian gesture that will certainly change the public opinion of the Palestinian people, the Israeli state releases a Palestinian prisoner before his 13th birthday. (Oh, yes, Israel routinely holds children , women, and elderly in custody). It [...]
America’s beloved Pakistani dictator is increasingly unpopular. He survived two assassination attempts in two weeks, and American stubborn support for him may eventually help the militant fundamentalists in Pakistan.