Archive for February 16, 2004
The Iraqi puppet council resolved the dispute over elections: they came up with a brilliant (and highly democratic) idea: Most members of Iraq’s U.S.-appointed Governing Council no longer support the Bush administration’s plan to choose an interim government through caucuses and instead want the council to assume sovereignty until elections can be held, several members [...]
News reports said: Gunmen ambush car of American civilians on road south of Baghdad, killing one and wounding three. But what were they doing in Iraq in the first place? The statement by the US military said the Americans were part of a ”religious group” but did not identify it. Is that part of the [...]
Iraqis today are free and democratic: they may do as they please now that Saddam is in custody. Or so goes the US tale of propaganda. But, Bremer will reject Islam as source for law.However, he will not object if Iraqis make Southern Baptism a state religion.
Lies of the Times: Judith Miller’s faulty WMD reporting
Saddam’s legacy of Horrors: Relatives of the missing dig up graves, cross the country on buses, plead with U.S. soldiers and ask prisoners the question: Have you seen him?
About 200 journalists briefly occupied the Palestinian legislative building in Gaza Strip to protest a series of attacks on reporters. Yasir `Arafat’s response? It was firm and swift. He immediately ordered that millions (from Palestinian people’s money) more be transferred to the private account of Suha `Arafat.
The Bribes of Saddam. I am in favor of exposing those who took bribes from Saddam, but wonder why none of the names include those Kuwaitis and Egyptians who were on Saddam’s payroll in the 1980s, and who supported the recent Iraq war. Does that mean that support for the US war ensured the erasure [...]
The United States’ “war on terror” has been “extremely damaging” for human rights, and has been used as an excuse by totalitarian regimes to impose oppressive laws, a leading (conservative) think tank said yesterday.
Rifts widen in Bush’s foreign policy team
Iraqi and US officials are voicing doubts about Iraq’s ability to handle such hot spots as the volatile Sunni triangle west and north of Baghdad.
Who is NOT courting the US? Syria Courts a Cool U.S. Amid Threat of Sanctions
A plan floated by Israeli Transport Minister Avigdor Lieberman would confine the Palestinians to four isolated districts in the West Bank.
U.S. vs. Them
The voice of James Baldwin
Soviet general says Invasion was a big mistake: Says Americans opened the path for terrorists
Pentagon eager to wash hands of Iraq mess it created
Is this the Iraq promised by Bush? “…anti-Coalition forces in Iraq have given grim warning that they are growing in confidence, by upping the intensity of their campaign”…
So let us see: US pushed for war in Iraq and Afghanistan using the words of “democracy” and “freedom.” Now, the US opposes elections in Iraq, and U.S. Aides Hint Afghan Voting May Be Put Off. As Bob Dole used to say, Where is the Outrage??
Start-up Company With Connections: U.S. gives $400M in work to contractor with ties to Pentagon favorite on Iraqi Governing Council (the embezzler A. Chalabi) (thanks Naseer)