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June 04, 2005

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Journalist Dahn Jamail comes home from Iraq and tells us about his mixed emotions. He also tells us some things that are going on here that we need to understand. Hard, but necessary reading, as the truth is sometimes.

(There's another face to the war, of course. There are the soldiers doing their best. None of the soldiers on the streets are to blame for the intolerable stress of war of for the incomprehensible incompetence of the Bush Administration.)

Yet another report of veterans swelling the homeless population should surprise none of us. If you read Jamail's article, and then contemplate the idea of soldiers returning from war suffering some serious problems...it's an obvious outcome. This story is on the same theme.

One can only hope some high-level person in the Bush Administration reads The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course and suffers a blast of cold reality, but I doubt it. The book is about the limits of "regime change" and was mentioned in this very interesting article about North Korea and the increasingly delusional White House.

Even if our corporate media owners read it, we're not likely to find anyone with the courage to say so publicly. Not if they're really on a mission to avoid offending the Bush Administration and the rest of the Radical Right.

I agree with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan...up to a point. The idea of the charitable NGO's as the world's new "superpower" has a certain appeal...but these organizations are neither as non-political as many people think nor as immune to corruption as we'd hope.

(Tell me it ain't true. Tell me we're about more than long-term war planning. No wonder this country is in such a mess....)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:13 PM