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September 25, 2003

Another reason why war is waged in Afghanistan.

For some reason, OPEC is mad at the world, or at least the part of it that uses most of the world's nonrenewable power. I dunno how it is at your house, but here in Denver, they're predicting that heating bills will be up to 73% higher this coming winter. That’s good news for the poor, marginally poor, and those living on a fixed income, isn't it? And for the legions of unemployed folks.

"Do Not Call" is is back in play.

I have to ask. Do you consider Arnold a serious candidate? I mean, I know he's serious, but I have trouble taking him seriously. Especially when he refers to traveling to Europe as, "going into the world."

Also, I have to wonder just how it is we decide who's a "terrorist" and who isn't. I mean, when asked to produce proof of claims that an organization is a terrorist front, surely we should be able to do better than to produce a handful of press clippings in support of our position?

Here's a bit more information and speculation on that alleged spy scandal in Guantanamo.

Here's Rumsfeld on nation-building. You wanna know how I know comparing Iraq to Germany isn't valid? It's because Rumsfeld uses the comparison. Also, if the Administration has such an all-fired new and creative way to create a nation, why aren't we getting some details on what it is? What is the point of all this secrecy, of hiding from the Iraqi people themselves the steps we plan to take to help them?

I'm sorry, but he's just not convincing. Especially since the government we set up in Iraq has no power and no authority to do much of anything not previously approved by the USofA military presence, the same kind of situation he cites as existing in Kosovo.

However. I'm going to go on record as saying that it would not, in fact, be nearly as difficult to try and set up a democracy in Iraq as it has been in other countries. Iraq at least has the history of being a secular state with an embryo "middle class." That second qualification is critical to establishing a democracy, a solid base of middling-successful citizens is the foundation democracy rests on. It was the development of a (merchant) middle class that allowed the concept of a modern democracy to evolve in the West.

But that's a longer essay and I don't have time for it now. I have to go back to snarling at my co-workers.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:43 PM


Dear Anne,

May I take issue with you for once? I do not agree with Arnold’s politics and I certainly would not vote for him, but, forgive me for this, doesn’t it smack a little bit of arrogance when US media make fun of his Styrian accent and dismiss him for being “just an actor”? What we have here, after all, is a guy who came to the US literally with two empty hands and then made it to the top by his own means. Isn’t that a little bit like the famous “American dream”? And do those things not count in politics?

I think you should take Arnold seriously and then go on to criticize him for his political stance or his various “mal mots”, if you don’t like him. (But forget the nude pictures, I mean, really he didn’t inhale after all). He has been ridiculed in “Doonesbury”, how more serious can you get in the US?

Will you forgive me?


Posted by: Bengt at September 26, 2003 02:11 PM

Well, I criticize Bush for his “mal mots” so I guess it's fair to criticize Arnold for them.

That was, in fact, what I was objecting to in the remark I quoted. It was his separation of "the world" from the United States that struck me. Should a man be governor of one of our largest states who clearly thinks of the USofA as some place different than, "the world"? I don't think so.

It's exactly that kind of remark that makes it hard for me to take him seriously.

(I completely agree with you that the press is behaving badly when they make fun of his accent. But then, the press does behave badly. Often.)

I don't care if he posed for nude pictures. I'm completely indifferent to the whole topic. I don't care about his accent.

I do care about the repeated accusations of harrassing women.

However, I do see your point and I'll treat his candidacy with more respect in the future. He's clearly a front-runner (Doonesbury!) and I'll behave myself.

And there's nothing to forgive, Bengt. If no one ever disagrees with me, how will I learn anything? I always appreciate reading your comments.

Posted by: Anne at September 27, 2003 09:59 AM