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April 21, 2003
Bad News

Not for the first time, someone is citing that 1945 quote about the heinous nature of starting an aggressive war.

"We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started it. And we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a trial of the causes of the war, for our position is that no grievances or policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy."
I've seen this one about fifteen times over the last couple of weeks, but it's worth seeing again.
Those now exulting America's conquest of Iraq should ponder Judge Jackson's majestic words. Particularly now that the U.S.-British justifications for invading Iraq are being revealed as distortions.
And then they give us another list of Bush-Blair claims about Iraq that have proven to be false. (Do you find yourself wondering if the public really cares right now, now that the war was won so quickly, USofA casualties were so low, and the civilian aftermath is already dropping out of the news cycle?)

Reports from the Middle East seem to vary between, "what is the USofA going to about [our problems] and "Thanks, but go home now. (Also, buried inside that first column, you'll find another Iraqi putting forth the view that Baghdad toppled far too easily.)

If we put permanent bases in Iraq, we're going to need a more welcoming population than exists now. Certainly for people who, quite recently, were lauding the benefits of democracy and power to the Iraqi people, they're losing no time insuring that a permanent USofA military presence is going to be a feature of the new country.

Of course, if we're planning to say for five years before we even allow elections, it's a while before we have to worry about a hostile population, isn't it?

In the NextWar Derby, it's hard to know who to vote for, you know? Syria looks good. They're close, there's been groundwork laid in the same swiss cheese way it was laid for Iraq, but there's that secret memo about 'regime-change' in North Korea, too.

Good news

For the Christian religious types, it begins to look as though Jesus, as a historical figure, might have really existed. For some reason, maybe because there's little "meat" to the story, UPI seemed as interested in covering the media coverage of the artifact as the artifact itself.

For the Civil Liberties types, local governmental opposition to the Patriot Act is worthy of coverage. Especially when a small city passes a law, making the Patriot Act unlawful.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:59 AM