Archive for March 17, 2004
The Writing on Baghdad’s Walls
Another replay of the Rumsfeld Sunday’s appearance.
Afghan Elections Face Delay, Karzai Says. By the way, how many countries have Bush liberated so far? I have lost count.
US vs. Europe: two views of terror
Israel was strongly criticised by an all-party group of British parliamentarians visiting Gaza yesterday after its armed forces killed four Palestinians in two missile strikes during a new offensive against militants in the strip. In other news, members of the US congress pledged to maintain their impressive bipartisan support for whatever Israel does.
A French motorist has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence for doing his level best to run over a pedestrian he mistakenly identified as Osama bin Laden. This brilliant Frenchman was certain that Bin Laden was hiding in the French city of Montpellier
He is talking and it aint pretty. The US general abruptly dismissed as Iraq’s first occupation administrator says he fell out with the Bush circle because he wanted free elections, and not an imposed programme of mass privatisation.
Keyboards, computer mice and telephone dials are more infested with microbes than toilet seats, according to a University of Arizona study. (thanks Jennifer)
Israel Signs Up for EU Satellite Navigation Project. Guess who will pay for it?
Al-Quds Al-`Arabi printed more of the statement by Abu Hafs Batallions. No wonder Al-Hayat quoted a few excerpts from it. It contains anti-Saudi rhetoric. It contains a pledge that the US will NOT be attacked because they want Bush to be re-elected. And they said “Democrats are cunning and can “sex up” infidelity and pass [...]
I may have to go back to school. I really do not comprehend the level of analysis in US media. I heard a number of officials and journalists today asserting that the bombing in Baghdad is a sign that the US is winning in its efforts in Iraq. What am I missing. And then I [...]
After the bombing in Baghdad today, I am now increasingly skeptical of claims of responsibility, when they occur that is. I am increasingly inclined now to think that “a state” is perhaps responsible for some of the recent terrorism: (I am referring specifically to the bombing in Spain, and the bombing of mosques and civilian [...]
This is from the Pew Poll (cited in full yesterday): Favorability Ratings: Muslims Very Somewhat Un- Fav Fav Fav % % % U.S. 13 35 32 Britain 18 49 18 France 16 48 29 Germany 5 36 46 Russia 15 38 38 Turkey 66 22 9 Pakistan 87 10 2 Morocco 70 20 9 Favorability [...]
As I was driving to work this morning, listening to Fox News on my satellite radio–I cannot believe that there was life before satellite radio–, they were covering the massive Hotel explosion in Baghdad. They interviewed a “terrorism” expert from the Investigative Team (or something–the outfit of Steven Emerson, the brilliant fellow who “guessed” that [...]
“Freedoms” under American occupation: The American occupation relies for its propaganda, among other things of course, on a daily newspaper, As-Sabah. It is funded by the Pentagon and prints some 50,000 copies daily. Now, Iraqi newspapers, including US allies, are complaining about US methods to maintain the prominence of As-Sabah. The Iraqi National Congress and [...]
For Iraqis in Harm’s Way, $5,000 and ‘I’m Sorry’: Nearly a year ago, Ali Kadem Hashem watched his wife burn to death and his three children die after an American missile hit his house. Last week, he got $5,000 from the United States government and an “I’m sorry” from a young captain. Mr. Hashem sat [...]