SpiralGirl sent me a link to this via email. Very clever…
The best pull quote from the piece:
The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, “We were misled.” It makes me want to shout, “Fuck you, you weren’t misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic.”
Amen to that.
Newsvine: No Civil War in Iraq!. In his latest book, Robert Fisk talks about the claim of “civil war” from the U.S and British spin-meisters from as far back as the 1991 attack on Iraq. Interesting that Newsvine is spreading the word…
I’m still getting through Robert’s book. It’s a long and hard read, so detailed and so devastating. I think it is a must read for anyone who wants to know just why there are so many “issues” in the Middle East. Hint: it has a lot to do with our governments’ actions over the past, oh, 50 years.
half arsed bluster: US Army admits to using “white phosphorus” in Iraq.
I’ve heard about depleted uranium being used in Iraq, but not this stuff. If it has been used, shit should hit the fan. Probably won’t. This war is disastrous…
Across the front page of the SMH this morning “Wave of Terror sweeping across the globe”. They go on to list the bali bomber death, the blasts in Jordan, etc. etc. One small omission: the 26,000+ people that have died in Iraq as a result of miltary intervention. A war which involves our own defence forces.
“Oh but that doesn’t count as ‘terror'”. Why? “Because it’s the military, because we are ‘liberating’ Iraq”. Such a twisted view of the world that can live with 26,000 deaths abroad, but speak of “horror” and “terror” when we lose “our own”. Until we wake up and realise this, the terrorist threat in Australia, and the west, will continue unabated.
Meanwhile our Prime Minister is pushing anti-terrorist laws described by one NSW politician as being a quality to make Hitler smile. And our democratic devices (namely the Senate) have been put on a leash and, without a Liberal back-bench revolt, will be passed into law. So who are we bringing “democracy and freedom” to again?
The Onion: Bush Vows To Eliminate U.S. Dependence On Oil By 4920: “WASHINGTON, DC—President Bush unveiled an aggressive initiative Monday that would make the U.S. free of petroleum dependence by the year 4920, less than three millennia from now.”
The right side: “The newspaper was divided into two columns.” Sums up my thoughts…
British MP George Galloway’s masterpiece in controlled anger before a US Senate committee this week should remind everyone that the most damaging censorship of all is the kind we impose only on ourselves.