Archive for September 12, 2004
The Night Journey of Muhammad on His Steed, Buraq; Leaf from a copy of the Bustan of Sa`di, dated 1514). (Painter: Unknown; Calligrapher: Sultan Muhammad Nur Bukhara, Uzbekistan). (thanks Sofi).
Bush team ‘knew of abuse’ at GuantÃƒÂ¡namo.
“Victims of the Sept. 11 attacks were mourned worldwide Saturday, but in the Middle East, amid sympathy for the dead, Arabs said Washington’s support for Israel and the war on terror launched in the aftermath of the World Trade Center’s collapse have only fueled anger and violence.”
“In May 2004, at the height of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a senior political Republican Party operative was given the reassuring word that Vice President Dick Cheney had taken charge, with his usual directness. The operative learned that Cheney had telephoned Donald Rumsfeld with a simple message: No resignations. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to hunker [...]
America’s successful and glorious wars may continue: U.S. refuses to rule out Iran attack. (thanks anonymous).
Saddam’s brutal generals are back (brought to you by US occupation): Dozens of Saddam Hussein’s former generals and colonels are being paid hundreds of dollars a month by the Pentagon to advise US and Iraqi officials on how to contain the insurgency in northern Iraq. (thanks Abdullatif).
This is the Iraqi puppet force set up by US occupation: “That security force, known as the Fallujah Brigade, was formally disbanded last week. Not only did the brigade fail to combat militants, it actively aided them, surrendering weapons, vehicles and radios to the insurgents, according to senior Marine officers. Some brigade members even participated [...]
For centuries, ethnic strife has been Moscow’s bane.
The pride of Zionism. Israeli Interior Minister: Nobody in Israel is starving.
Do those Iraqis look “liberated” to you?
Do those Iraqi men look “liberated” to you?
US troops were busy yesterday: US troops kill warlord’s supporters after Karzai sacks ‘Lion of Herat’.
US missile attack kills 13 civilians in Iraq. (Liberal Christian Science Monitor calls such attacks “surgical strikes”).
James Schlesinger, former secretary of defense, headed the recent Independent Panel to Review Department of Defense Detention Operations: “These actions, by historical standards quite limited in number, are not representative of the overall behavior of our forces, which has been generally admirable.”
I cannot believe that I am reduced to citing Sen. Joseph Biden: “This administration’s effort to turn military pre-emption from a longstanding option into a one-size-fits-all doctrine says to rogue states that their best insurance policy against regime-change is to acquire weapons of mass destruction as quickly as possible–which is one reason North Korea’s nuclear [...]
U.S. missile kills Palestinian reporter in Iraq. (thanks Ema).
A victory for French secularism despite claims to the contrary by fundamentalist demagogues: France’ Muslims declare their solidarity with the secular state. (thanks schmetterling).
A Seated Princess (Persian, 1600).
“A US sniper’s story: ‘Everyone I shot deserved it. It doesn’t bother me’.”
“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, responding to allegations that he fostered a climate that led to the prisoner-abuse scandal, said yesterday that the military’s mistreatment of detainees was not as bad as what terrorists have done.”