Comments: I'm here, I'm queer, I'm...a penguin

Before I get to commenting on the details, I suppose I should let everyone know that I'm not a member of the vocal left-wing cabal that is present on the internet and that my view of the left-wing liberalism of today is that of a profound form of mental disorder.

The article you link to in the Sunday Herald is wrong. The U.S. did not, in any which way, shape, or form, try to arm Saddam Hussein with biological weapons. The samples of Botulinum, Anthrax, Salmonella, E-Coli, etc... were not only sent to Iraq, they were sent to agencies all over the world for research. The Sunday Herald article is nothing more than a deceptive piece of anti-U.S. propaganda of whom, Felicity Arbuthnot, co-authored. More on Felicity Arbuthnot, later.

By reading your amatuer analysis, I find myself bewildered by an odd mix of both amusement and sadness. In your quest, Anne, to eagerly propagate mud against your own country at every turn, while acting as an apologist for all others, how is it, exactly, that you have managed to overlook the source of chemicals that Saddam Hussein did actually use in his chemical weapon assaults? Whether it be against the Kurds in Northern Iraq in the late 1980's, such as Halabja, or in the early 1980's against Iranian human-wave attacks outside of Basra during the Iran/Iraq war? You don't, by chance, have a soft spot in your heart for Germany do you? ;)

Don't take that the wrong way now. I'm not trying to assign blame on Germany for the actions taken by Saddam Hussein.

Back to Felicity Arbuthnot. At times coined as a 'freelance journalist', Felicity Arbuthnot is a radical activist from the U.K. with ties to 'Voices in the Wilderness' and of whom is an active member of C.A.S.I. - Campaign Against Sanctions in Iraq, an organization that was started by a group of college students back in 1997 in response to Saddam Hussein's anti-sanctions propaganda. While C.A.S.I. was started with noble intentions, that is not where they are at today. Over the years, C.A.S.I. has become a membership whos interests are unavowedly driven by an anti-US agenda. Whether it be Rania Masri, Hassan Zeini, Thomas Nagy, Anai Rhoads, Tony Maturin, Edean Amador, Andreas Schmidt, Roger Stroope, or Felicity Arbuthnot.... all of these people have backgrounds that render their credibility entirely moot.

Before I go, my suggestion to anyone reading would be to critically examine these exotic claims before blindly following suit. When it comes to these types of subjects, the web shares more in common with a sleazy virulent tabloid than a reference to truth. The truth is often too boring, so people like to do a lot of re-writing of history to make it much juicier.

Posted by Jason at September 20, 2003 07:08 AM

Y'know, I'm just not going to get into a discussion with someone who thinks being skeptical, or even critical, of what our government has been up to for the past twenty years or more is "propagating mud" (an odd and senseless phrase) against this country.

Sufficient to say that my analysis is amateur, since I'm not a professional journalist or political operative, but I'm proud of that, rather than otherwise, so thanks for the compliment.

Posted by Anne at September 21, 2003 03:43 PM

Dear Anne,

There is a monumental difference between being critical of a government, and blindly, if not eagerly, believing Wild Wild Web propaganda that adds grist to your personal agenda, only to pawn it off to others as fact. Such behavior is precisely the cause and effect relationship behind how rumors get started.

Perhaps the phrase 'propagating mud' wasn't the best choice of words. A more accurate description would be propagating lies.

To clarify, please do not take the above as if I am calling you a liar because I am not. I truly believe that you believe what you say, and that it stems from a combination of modern liberalism and youthful naivete, rather than a premeditated agenda to intentionally deceive other people.

One more thing that I should clear up. My use of the word 'amatuer', Anne, was in no way meant to be derogatory and I apologize for it being taken that way. I only meant 'amatuer' in the factual sense.

Posted by Jason at September 21, 2003 07:55 PM

I've changed my mind. I really like you. :) I don't think anyone has taken me for a "youthful" anything in fifteen years! (And I'm having the kind of day where my ego needed a boost, too.)

As to your other points, I'd like to debate them but I'll have to ask you to hang on for a day or so until my current crisis at the office is solved. I spent the weekend working on it and there's no end in sight yet....

Posted by Anne at September 22, 2003 09:53 AM

I love CASI and all of its members. I'm a right-winger, hired by an organization to "bully" members that do not accept my form of democracy. I think CASI is very right-wing posing as left-wing.

God bless them and God bless these here fine United States!


Posted by Darin Zieldweger at September 23, 2003 06:33 AM

Darin --- Someone has reported you for net harassment. (Jason is really Darin). Leave Felicity Arbuthnot alone, she is an old woman! How can you want to hurt someone who feels so much for people in the world? Tony is in his 60's too! You are a mean person!

Posted by Veronixa at September 23, 2003 08:42 PM

David, David, David. Your obsession is ill.

Posted by farrell at October 4, 2003 05:53 AM

PS Nothing is worse than a Right winger who stifles free speech and democracy. It's so - Anti-American. It defeats your purpose... ha ha

Posted by farrell at October 4, 2003 05:55 AM

To all who read this forum,
This low-life "Jason" , "Darin" and whatever other name this person hides behind is a stalker on the net. I speak from experience. Please ignore his sad, worthless rants. The world does not need to waste any more time on hate and ignorance. Angry words never get us anywhere. And he has said his share.
Peace, everyone.

Posted by Charlie at October 8, 2003 01:33 PM

We have collected and copied everything he sent and sent it all to the police. They are tracking him down in Washington State, so don't worry. A court order is demanding release his information as we speak :-)

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