Category Archives: Iraq

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100901/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_blair_s_book Tony Blair: ‘I cried for Iraq war victims’ …Because they pummelled my public opinion ratings.

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Citizen Gore Vidal — In These Times

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3977/citizen_gore_vidal You can say what you like about Gore Vidal’s politics (and I imagine anyone to the right of, say, Marx will) , but there’s no arguing about the quality of his writing. I’ve never been so elated to read something that makes me feel so depressed. We’re not very good at being Sparta. We’re […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080414/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq_free_ride_over_2;_ylt=AgmGIhdNb_pnvzHh5aR2.LYE1vAI Rather disgusting article with an even more disgusting title. The US blundered into Iraq, bombing and shelling, and doing a poor job of rebuilding the country, thus losing the hearts and minds for which they claimed to be campaigning. Now, with the country still mired in chaos and only partially rebuilt, they snipe petulantly […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080318/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_lynndie_england_3;_ylt=Ak54a6NUGSAtnE.kg6.seuAE1vAI Lynndie England, the scapegoat (yet rightfully vilified) for the Abu Ghraib scandal, speaks out. And the result is just as trashy and missing-the-point as you’d expect of someone who put a leash on a prisoner and took photos of it: “Yeah, I took the photos but I didn’t make it worldwide. Yes, I was […]

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Eric Umansky: The most telling part of the execution

http://www.ericumansky.com/2006/12/the_most_tellin.html It’s telling that the world news networks are so focused on their bloodlust that they’re overlooking some important journalistic angles on Saddam’s execution. At least the bloggers are asking the questions, so the opportunity for a network to pick up the story is still open. With all the cell phone videos out there, it’s […]

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http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i222/gheemaker/stumble/fun15iraq_mcdonalds.jpg Perfectly timed PhotoStumble from GheeMaker. I’ve slightly modified one of my tags to suit it. Time to repopularise a Confederate Private‘s protest cry: Rich man’s war, poor man’s fight

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Gary Younge: If wanton murder is essential to the US campaign in Iraq, its time to leave | Comment is free | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1805919,00.html I’m spoiling the article by quoting the entire conclusion, but it’s powerful enough that I feel compelled. International law was broken but there will be no punishment. The few who are responsible remain in the White House while the many who are embroiled in the conflict are brutalised or murdered, or both. “You’ve got […]

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CNN.com – Beheaded mans father: Revenge breeds revenge – Jun 8, 2006

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/08/berg.interview/index.html Stunning transcript of a CNN interview with the father of Nicholas Berg, who was very publicly beheaded in 2004. Two things spring to mind here: Note the bloodlust of the interviewer, who seems to think that an eye for an eye will give closure to the father, and how she continues to swing the […]

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Macgyver 2008

http://www.specialfarm.net/macgyver2008.html I’m ashamed to say I get a kick out of these stupid celebrity sites (cf. Chuck Norris facts and John Cusack for President… though his spotty record post-High Fidelity makes me think there’ll be a lot of swing votes in the next contest.) Today we have Richard Dean Anderson’s alter ego throwing his hat […]

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Abraham Lincolns White House – Simon Cameron (1799-1889)

http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=85&subjectID=2 A typically terrific quote from Lincoln’s White House, though shockingly, this one did not emanate from Lincoln himself. Here, corrupt War Secretary Simon Cameron’s reputation is discussed: Mr. Lincoln reportedly asked Thaddeus Stevens about Cameron’s honesty and was told that “I do not believe he would steal a red hot stove.” When the President […]

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