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December 30, 2003
A king who knows not the boundaries of his kingdom

Haroon Siddiqui:

The administration, invoking 9/11 and the murder of 2,900 innocents as its licence to wage unilateral wars, has so far killed about 10,000 innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq. That's a guesstimate, since America does not count the Afghans and Iraqis it kills in the process of "liberating" them.

Looks like we're still running around making friends and influencing people. You'd think we'd have learned something from Iraq, from the way the U.N. weapons inspectors clearly did a good job finding and documenting what weapons were there, but nooo, now it's Libya and we've decided the IAEA isn't competent to find everything that might be there, so we're trying to get our own team on the ground.

Elsewhere, people ponder our unpopularity with surprise and dismay. Why don't they like us, they wonder, while ordering another bombing raid on an Afghanistan village, or ordering soldiers to break into someone's home at 2:00 a.m. and kidnap everyone they find inside.

Still elsewhere, people continut to point out that we created the problem in the first place.

I dunno who Dotty Lynch has been talking to, but I don't think her "conventional political wisdom" has much to do with reality here in the hinterlands. Still. She admits that the only one of them she believes herself is that Bush is unbeatable. Somehow, from where Dotty sits, the fantasy of Bush "presiding" over a strong economy looks pretty real. For others of us, it's a rumor.

I know I haven't said much about the earthquake in Iran, but that's mostly because I have trouble wrapping my brain around the concept of 28,000+ people dying in a few minutes and a death toll that could rise to 50,000. Sadly, they don't expect to find any more survivors and they're concentrating their efforts on helping the homeless and wounded now. Others, of course, are struggling to make political hay out of the disaster.

This kid deserves a medal. (Thanks to Amygdalagf for the link.) The thought of any kid of that age standing up in front of his peers, (former) teachers, parents, and other "authority figures" and having the courage to tell the truth is inspiring.

All the Weird of 2003.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:42 AM


Thanks for the link, and reading me. Minor point: that's not actually the name of my blog; see the very first link on the top left sidebar of my blog, "our mysterious name," as well as the name, in large letters, on the center/right. Thanks!

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 30, 2003 06:46 PM

I "name" a blog whatever the names shows up as when I bookmark it, so that's why I used that name for your blog.

I didn't intend to offend, of course. I'll remember your preference in the future!

Posted by: Anne at December 31, 2003 09:53 AM