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September 06, 2002
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It seems we're not entirely anti-terrorist. Like the teacher who allows one student to misbehave in return for informing about the other students' misdemeanors, the USofA is allowing Syria to defy a UN embargo on buying oil from Iraq in return for Syria sharing inside knowledge about al-Qaida.

I don't know how I feel about that kind of thing. I don't think the USofA should take it upon itself to violate UN sanctions. If we don't respect the UN, why should we expect others to?

I also always wonder how these highly secret deals wind up on the nightly news. Who told Tom Brokaw that this was happening?

Also on MSNBC, I read that while the world leaders at the World Summit might not have been able to accomplish as much as some of us would have liked, it seems like the grass-roots movement toward international cooperation is alive and well.

I like Paul Krugman's The Bully's Pulpit today, but then I'm pretty much sure to like anyone taking bitter potshots at the Bushleaguer and his disinformation team.

I cannot believe the furor over the NEA and the amount of discussion over what teachers are supposed to say about 9/11 in their classrooms this year.

First, it's not just the teachers who are going to decide how this is presented to the kids. Do these children not have parents? Watch television? Listen to the radio? Talk to their friends? I'd imagine that most children old enough to comprehend what happened have already formed some kind of rudimentary opinion on it.

Second, I naturally disagree with the idea of targeting one religion or one ethnic group and painting them as the spawn of the devil in this matter. A few psychopaths do not define the world.

The NEA wasn't ducking the bullet, no matter what idiot conservatives with a history of dissing the teacher's union, might want us to believe. A touch of Reason might add some balance to this debate. Granted, the NEA's website seems to be short on suggesting teaching the facts and long on some of the touchy-feely therapeutic things, but I think it's a bit hypocritical to sit around pretending that most of the country hasn't been wallowing in group therapy since 9/11, so let's don't pretend to be all superior and, just the facts, ma'am, okay? Why is it considered so evil to accept that kids might still have some unanswered questions? I still have issues and unanswered questions, so why shouldn't a seven year-old?

I doubt that most teachers need to be told to teach the facts. What they need to know is what, if anything, else they should cover. The much-reviled website is a source for where some information might be found on the web. If the teachers need something more, here's a resource site.

Somehow I'm not surprised that it was the Washington Times that started all of this. I mean, we're talking about a newspaper that thinks a new hairstyle on Hillary Clinton was worth putting on the front page.

(While I'm at it, can I just say that if some information exists about the state of Iraq's weapons development that might be a convincing reason to go to war on them, that this be shared with the general public? What's with the secrecy? If the Bushleaguer wants a war, he's going to have to cough up with some facts.)

And I'm all about bile and spleen, but George Will is just being a jerk.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:38 AM