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December 23, 2003
So, what's this all about?

Do ya suppose it's really a drill and they're dragging these people away from their families at the holidays to make the test more stressful for all concerned (not a bad strategy) or do they know something we don't know?

There is concern about Mexico and Canada, because of their contiguous airspace, and about France and a number of other countries,

What, precisely, is their worry about France in this context? Could they get over this childish grudge-holding or, again, do they have some kind of sekrit knowledge that France is a terrorist stronghold that they should be sharing with us?

And us anti-war types must, if we're honest, be feeling a little depressed right now. Yeah, Libya is giving up its nukes and the two decades of economic sanctions probably had a lot to do with it, but it took over twenty years, during which time the people of Libya have suffered. Is this a flaw in how "sanctions" are administered, is there a better, non-fatal way to achieve this end, and other questions occur to me. Also, now that Gadhafi is giving up his WMD, will he still be free to continue to terrorise Libyans?

And what about Argentina, current suffering the displeasure of the USofA for reasons I can see I'm going to need to research? Does anyone care what's happening to them?

No matter how much he whines, I'm having a lot of trouble feeling sympathy for Rush Limbaugh. It's not that I don't have pity on someone who got hooked on prescription drugs, because I do, but his insistence that he's being victimized because he's so famous (not) is just ignorant. Also, he seems to have learned nothing of tolerance from his escapade, and nothing of how circumstances can get on top of people and drive them to doing things they shouldn't, which is kind of sad.

Enough about him.

I'm brooding over another idea. I may come back and post about it later.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:33 AM


20 years. For the last 12 years of it, Lybia did no terrorism against the US and was completely isolated. All in all, not a bad record. Personally, I'm not depressed about it at all. Far better than the alternatives.

Hmmm. Something about the perfect being the enemy of the good.


We could be doing far better, you know. But since we've pretty much chucked any international cooperation out the door in a fit of pique, well. . . I'm not sure how long it will take us to make up the time/good will/progress/lives lost in this childish act.

Posted by: Hal at December 23, 2003 09:43 AM

Very very few countries have perpetrated acts of terrorism against the USofA in the last 12 years, so Libya's record isn't exactly astounding in that respect.

I guess I'm just worried about more than people not being mean to the USofA.

Posted by: Anne at December 23, 2003 11:42 AM