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11/21/2004

The pot boileth over

      9:59 pm

    Stop look and listen. It isn’t working already.

    11/17/2004

    The war in a nutshell

        3:24 pm

      November 13, 2004: A US marine in a Falluja mosque, swears “he’s f—ing pretending to be dead!” shoots and kills an unarmed wounded Iraqi, fearing, we are told, that the wounded man was hiding explosives on his body.

      This brutal killing, like so many other acts of wartime violence which we will never hear about, should weigh heavily on the conscience of the occupying army and those who supported the decision to pre-emptively go to war - supposedly as a means to peace. The video of this execution, now being played again and again on Al-Jazeera and other stations around the Arab world, is a PR disaster for the occupying armies and could tragically cost the lives many more soldiers stationed in Iraq as anti-U.S. resentment grows.

      In some ways, this tragic moment is not the exception but rather can be seen as sort of symbolic of the entire war.

      Like the man laying in the Mosque, the nation of Iraq was essentially defenseless and wounded before the war began. Despite the extensive arguments and propoganda to the contrary, Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and thus no viable deterrent against the vastly superior military power of the United States. Cooperating with the United Nations actually made Iraq an easier target. After the Iran-Iraq war, the first gulf war, 11 years of sanctions, and the extended period of Saddam Hussein’s disastrous rule, Iraq was crippled. Like the U.S. marine in the mosque facing the wounded man, the United States became afraid that Iraq might be hiding weapons of mass destruction and decided to attack with ‘decisive force’.

      Without the weapons of mass destruction, the justification for going to war has now become the removal of Saddam the dictator, who it is said ordered the killing of up to 300,000 people. Yet now there are estimates of 100,000 civilians deaths as a result of the ongoing war.

      After this video of the execution in the Mosque, the pictures of torture at Abu Ghraib, and so many civilian deaths in Iraq, how many Iraqis can reasonably be expected to enthusiastically follow the United States into a new democratic Iraq? How many others will be more likely to fight against the occupation of their homeland? It may come down to a question George Bush rhetorically asked at the end of his election campaign: ‘who do you trust?’.

      11/9/2004

      All’s not well that ends not well

          8:49 pm

        Four more years. The choice in practical terms will lead amoung other things to deforestation, construction of new nuclear power plants, and a deepening reliance on military superiority towards global dominance. There have been some reports of manipulative trickery to bias the election, but my opinion is that an election like this should not have even been close. The fact that a sub-standard president like Bush could be elected points to a serious flaw in the distribution of information in the United States. Whatever short term benefits people are imagining they are going to get from playing global cop will probably hit a wall of economic and political reality soon.

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