Archive for January 29, 2005
I wish Palestinian victims of Israeli gunfire get the attention and coverage of Western victims of Israeli gunfire.
How does Michael Ignatieff know that Iraqis are fighting for “a free election“? But then again; Ignatieff knows how to pontificate, and not how to substantiate.
Spinoza invited intellectuals “not to deplore, not to laugh, not to detest, but to understand.” I invite intellectuals to deplore, to laugh, to detest, and to (subversively) misunderstand.
“Egypt detains opposition lawmaker.” But there is no reason for alarm. Husni Mubarak has expedited normalization with Israel, and has increased pressure on Palestinian groups. That is all what counts.
“Shiites Offer Unified Slate, but Fault Lines Show.”
“Kuwait’s religious hardliners announced on Saturday the creation of the first political party in the emirate.” This newspaper account does not say that US ambassador was present for the announcement. American alliance with fanatical fundamentalism has not ended.
“The Capital of Empty Streets: Baghdad Feels Like a City Preparing for War.”
Posters for the Saigon election in 1967. And that one turned out pretty well for US occupation plans, no?
So how do the US occupation forces treat the Iraqi puppet ministers: “Yes, I was punched by a soldier. I was very calm with him. I just kept talking to him. He kept punching me, and I kept talking to him….We don’t have to be terrorists to be against the Americans,” Al-Janabi explains. “It’s just [...]
Image of Iraqi election. (thanks earljdivoky)
“Sweets and flowers”: A new Zogby poll in Iraq. “Majorities of both Sunni Arabs (82%) and Shiites (69%) also favor U.S. forces withdrawing either immediately or after an elected government is in place.”
Unintended Consequences: The Shia Will Inherit Iraq
Being registered to vote by US troops.
The US government (while preaching “freedoms”) has killed AlJazeera: “Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other Bush administration officials have complained heatedly to Qatari leaders that Al Jazeera’s broadcasts have been inflammatory, misleading and occasionally false, especially on Iraq. [...]
The enthusiastic pro-Bush’s wars advocate John Burns of NYT says: “Much of the problem is that the elections are being held under the dominion of the United States…Many Iraqis, interviews in recent months have shown, do not accept that fundamental choices about the shape of their future political system should be made by a foreign [...]
“Michael Chertoff, who has been picked by President Bush to be the homeland security secretary, advised the Central Intelligence Agency on the legality of coercive interrogation methods on terror suspects under the federal anti-torture statute, current and former administration officials said this week. Depending on the circumstances, he told the intelligence agency, some coercive methods [...]
The Iraqi people between the violent fanaticism of Zarqawi and the violent fanaticism of Bush. (The person in the middle is identified as “the Iraqi people”; the person to the left is identified as “Zarqawi” and his caption says: “Death!Death!Death!”).
Baghdad and Death by Egyptian poet Ahmad `Abdul-Mu`ti Hijazi (my translation): “Before he was slaughtered, he was dead Crying in Baghdad over dead time looking for his guard for a poet at his door, telling him..you are the boy and seeing only eyes of flames filling the inside of the palace with dead horror and [...]
The Isle of the Dead, 1880. Arnold BÃƒÂ¶cklin.
Curtain up on Kierkegaard