Archive for December 19, 2004
View of Syon House Across the Thames near Richmond Gardens, 1760/70. Richard Wilson.
The new puppet Iraq ambassador in US (Kanan Makiya), who had predicted to Bush in the oval office that invading US troops would be greeted by Iraqis with “sweets and flowers”, identifies the problem in Iraq: “They picked up the top tier, the 52 people in the deck of cards, but they left the tens [...]
“Children in a Pennsylvania town will be taught that God made the world.”
“Freedom”, democracy, and elections: “The Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping to underwrite exit polls indicating he won last month’s disputed runoff election.”
“Campaign of deception used to push patriotic song up charts.”
Israeli government will be voting in the sham Palestinian puppet elections: “Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed to meet again later this week to finalize the details of the assistance Israeli will provide in the run up to the Palestinian Authority chairman elections.”
Mourning in Khan Yunis.
These are the young Israelis: “The study, published yesterday, examined the values of 1,750 young people between the ages of the 15 and 18 and between the ages of 21 and 24. It found that 67 percent of these Israelis believe that strong leaders can be more beneficial to the country than laws and public [...]
If you are wondering how Arab rulers spend the nation’s wealth: “The cost of this sumptuous secret project is being kept secret but is estimated at more than Ã‚Â£120 million. The man paying for it is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.”
Puppet is running for chief puppet position: “Dr. Allawi’s campaign started on an unpropitious note, when American and Iraqi forces closed off sections of central Baghdad so he could leave the Green Zone and cross the Tigris River to declare his candidacy at a sports club. But Western reporters judged the three-mile journey to be [...]
Israeli forces destroyed their house in Khan Yunis.
“”Lots of the guards saw us as some sort of sympathizers with the detainees,” Airman Al Halabi recalled in one of several interviews. “We heard it many times: ‘detainee-lovers,’ or ‘sympathizers.’ They called us ‘sand niggers.’ “ ”
For Thomas Friedman, this is sophisticated: “A sophisticated U.S. approach that uses both sticks and carrots [why not potatoes and peas?] with Syria, Iran and America’s Arab allies could still shape a decent election in Iraq.” Nobody writes in dreaded, overused cliches than this guy.
“I have difficulty in talking to you…, Annie, in a recorded, print interview about Echelon because it was a classified project and it’s never been declassified to me.”
Iraqi puppet prime minister/car bomber/former Saddam’s henchman/embezzler-in-Yemen, Iyad `Allawi, likes to mingle with the Iraqi people. Watch him mingle with the masses.
“When the social becomes political” in Egypt.
“The world breathed a collective sigh when Marwan Barghouti announced he would not be standing for Palestinian president. But it is a setback for Palestinian democracy…”
Where was Saddam arrested, and does it matter? There are thousands of Iraqi prisoners in Iraq, and thousands of Arab prisoners in the Arab world and Israel, and some vulgar Arab lawyers are volunteering to defend Saddam Husayn. They had a press conference in Jordan yesterday, in which details about the recent meeting between one [...]
Approach to the Town of Veere, c.1665. Jan van der Heyden.
“The failed US face of Fallujah.”