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August 22, 2003
Bah and humbug

That judge in Alabama* is just wasting everyone's time. Clearly he went looking for a fight or he wouldn't have sneaked the stupid monument onto government property a couple of years ago in the middle of the night. Arkansas needs to enforce the federal court ruling, remove the monument from government property (not just put it in a less-conspicuous place, which is their current plan), and remove that guy from office.

I am really not in the mood for people who are militant for religion, okay? Religious nuts worry me under any circumstances, but after the last year, I'm really getting to the point where I'm just over being tolerant about it. If the guy wants to believe in the Big Daddy God, then that's his choice, but the laws of this land clearly prohibit him from using government money or government space to shove his bigoted, immoral religion down my throat.

Sheesh. I am in such a mood today.

So is Molly Ivins who codifies and spreads what's been my barometer for right-versus-wrong over the last couple of years. " When in doubt, Disagree with DeLay, And you'll be OK."

I disagree with what's happening at Guantanamo, no surprise. I'm not all that thrilled to hear that 3 juveniles are to be released 'soon' and sent home. They shouldn't have been incarcerated there in the first place. From the perspective of those holding them (as told in this story), it doesn't sound as though they've been mistreated (I can't believe I have to worry about the USofA military abusing children), but there had to be a better answer than locking a 13 year-old up in a strange country.

Meanwhile, conditions in Afghanistan, the place our Administration seems to have forgotten, are reportedly encouraging young recruits into the Taliban. (Well, duh. Anyone who has ever had much to do with kids knows that they are, by nature, little savages. Civilization and morality are taught, not innate.)

Also, on NPR this morning, I heard a reporter talking about a 'terrorist' she'd interviewed who told her that "jihad" is addictive. Having lived that life, he can't imagine going back to any other lifestyle. I don't know if it's the adrenaline rush, the psychological 'freedom' that comes from lawlessness, or the intense comradeship that comes with that type of situation (or a combination of all three) but it's something we need to keep in mind for the future. We will, it would seem, have little luck in 'reforming' most terrorists. It's those boys in the paragraph above, the new recruits, we have to get to before they're turned into killers.

Idi Amin The tedious boredom of an exiled nutcase.

And speaking of psychotic despots, what is up with Moammar Kadafi, anyhow? Did he get his meds adjusted, or is he mellowing with age?

Hey, it's National Slacker Day in the U.K. Can we have one of those?

( * Ed. to correctly refer to 'Alabama' instead of 'Arkansas.' I knew that. I was just typing too fast.)

Posted by AnneZook at 11:13 AM


Re; Qaddafi's deal.

Sanctions have badly punished Libya's oil industry which needs Western technology and spare parts. Libyan light crude is very valuable but not if you can't get it out of the ground. Unlike Saddam, Qaddafi isn't so nuts as to throw away billions of dollars indefinitely so he's changing his behavior somewhat to get sanctions lifted.

Though looking at what he did to West Africa, Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor being Qaddafi's proteges - I'm dubious a leopard ever really changes his spots

Posted by: mark safranski at August 22, 2003 11:39 AM

I've been really wondering about Qaddafi. It's almost like he's being groomed or something. Eery.

Posted by: John at August 22, 2003 11:53 AM