Peace Passion: March 2003 Archive

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OH, right - and thanks
Excerpt: OH, right - and thanks for the DU too Hey, I don't know what to believe here. Is all this DU (depleted uranium) stuff just panic over anything that smells of nuclear power? Or is there something substantive here? Scientists...
Posted on March 31, 2003 03:12 PM Comments: 0
Thanks, we needed that!
Excerpt: Thanks, we needed that! This is so damned predictable, but it's distrubing coming from the president of a country that has been a friend: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Monday the U.S.-led war on Iraq would produce "one...
Posted on March 31, 2003 01:54 PM Comments: 0
A little thought experiment What
Excerpt: A little thought experiment What do you think would happen if the first two people killed in this war were Saddam Hussein and George Bush? And if the war continued beyond that point, then the casualties would mount on both...
Posted on March 31, 2003 11:19 AM Comments: 0
Unreported, misreported, forgotten It's easy
Excerpt: Unreported, misreported, forgotten It's easy to kid ourselves about this war - sometimes about the grand strategy - sometimes about the "small stuff" where a couple dozen unknown people die. The updating graphic of civilian deaths in the top left...
Posted on March 31, 2003 10:43 AM Comments: 0
How we got here from
Excerpt: How we got here from there Here's a link to a well-document outline of US involvement with Iraq during the '80s. Sort of stuff we like to pretend never existed....
Posted on March 31, 2003 09:28 AM Comments: 0
What ails me here? Here's
Excerpt: What ails me here? Here's a calm, rational assessment of the upside and downside to "surgical" bombing. Most of me agrees with the logic here, and the basic ideas. I mean, it's really amazing for any country to go to...
Posted on March 31, 2003 07:23 AM Comments: 0
Which planet are these
Excerpt: Which planet are these guys on? The following was unabashedly stolen, no permission asked or given, from the Aces Full blog of James Burke: What is it with this administration and its ability to give us a straight story?...
Posted on March 31, 2003 07:09 AM Comments: 0
Listening for a solution
Excerpt: Listening for a solution Emotions are rising, as is natural with war, and as I mentioned, we're trying to find new paths, new ways, to help people think their way through the situation - ways that we can be...
Posted on March 31, 2003 07:02 AM Comments: 0
If the Iraqis don't get
Excerpt: If the Iraqis don't get you . . . . . . the Americans will. The British seem to be taking a real beating from friendly fire. Although the Americans seem to be doing a good job of beating up...
Posted on March 30, 2003 09:19 PM Comments: 0
Vietnam, another view - and
Excerpt: Vietnam, another view - and more rage The Washington Post has an article today that complements the Webb article in the NYT yesterday. While Webb wrote from the perspective of a military analyst who had fought in Vietnam, the Post...
Posted on March 30, 2003 06:33 AM Comments: 0
Let's hear it for Rummy!
Excerpt: Let's hear it for Rummy! Ol' "Support the Troops" Rumsfeld put them in harms way ignoring not once, but over and over again, the advice of the Pentagon. So how bad are things? If the sources feeding Seymor Hersh and...
Posted on March 30, 2003 06:32 AM Comments: 0
The BBC view of the
Excerpt: The BBC view of the Arab Street "Paul Wolfowitz and Mr Rumsfeld imagine an Arab world remade in the image of the West. With the voices of the street still ringing in my ears, I would suggest the new Arab...
Posted on March 29, 2003 03:50 PM Comments: 0
At last, a reality pill
Excerpt: At last, a reality pill - quick, send this to the President James Webb has written an excellent summary of the military situation for the New York Times. Among other things, he points out that this is exactly what we...
Posted on March 29, 2003 12:42 PM Comments: 0
The pain of killing This
Excerpt: The pain of killing This NYT story at least begins to look at one of the subjects most don't want to talk about. What does it feel like to kill up close? Especially to kill an enemy who is virtually...
Posted on March 29, 2003 11:15 AM Comments: 0
Duh! . . .
Excerpt: Duh! . . . or a more sophistictaed headline might be "unintended consequences." Gosh, we sure are making the world a safer place. Do you think anyone else will think like North Korea? (The complete Reuters story is here....
Posted on March 29, 2003 07:36 AM Comments: 0
Here and there As I
Excerpt: Here and there As I walked out to get my paper this morning I noticed the red wagon in the front yard filled with sticks and the black tar of the driveway was broken now by a hopscotch game and...
Posted on March 29, 2003 05:58 AM Comments: 0
And now for the
Excerpt: And now for the lighter side - God, there has to be a lighter side somewhere - don't miss this week's Onion. The headlines alone are worth the price of a click. Bush Administration frustrated by war doubts So...
Posted on March 28, 2003 09:30 PM Comments: 0
BIG POST ERROR, POST ID
Excerpt: BIG POST ERROR, POST ID 91537784 REPORT IT...
Posted on March 28, 2003 05:10 AM Comments: 0
"Cakewalk " was the thinking,
Excerpt: "Cakewalk " was the thinking, despite denials Bush, Rummy and everyone in sight is falling all over themselves to say they never thought that beating Saddam would be a "cakewalk." There's some truth to their loud denials - and a...
Posted on March 27, 2003 07:03 PM Comments: 0
Scenario for disaster I hope
Excerpt: Scenario for disaster I hope Dom is wrong and I hope the general quoted in the Washington Post are wrong, but I think there is a distinct possibility both are right. Dom, from his vantage point in Australia, writes: As...
Posted on March 27, 2003 07:45 AM Comments: 0
OK, so now I know
Excerpt: OK, so now I know I'm mild mannered Chew on this sound bite: Whatever you think about Tony Blair, he is still OUR Prime Minister, and he should listen to us - not the smirking, cross-eyed fool in the White...
Posted on March 27, 2003 02:36 AM Comments: 0
Speaking of the President's celebrated
Excerpt: Speaking of the President's celebrated gut Time magazine begins a thoughtful background piece on the war and what really lead to it with this wonderful insight into our thoughtful president: F___ Saddam. We're taking him out." Those were the words...
Posted on March 27, 2003 02:36 AM Comments: 0
Pure Perle! Ok, so I've
Excerpt: Pure Perle! Ok, so I've run out of expletives. Perle's been exposed by the best lately, and yet I've seen nothing from the Democrats of an official inquiry. Ah well - this stuff gets complicated, but Arianna Huffington, proves once...
Posted on March 26, 2003 01:48 PM Comments: 0
They execute POWs! Well, at
Excerpt: They execute POWs! Well, at least we think they do. Certainly wouldn't surpise me. It's absolutely horrible. I can't condemn it loudly enough. But then I also condemn our ruthless bombing. You see, I have trouble seeing the difference between...
Posted on March 26, 2003 07:56 AM Comments: 0
Oh,they drive those gas guzzling
Excerpt: Oh,they drive those gas guzzling SUVs! Bad people Sorry. This war is getting ludicrous now. I mean Abrams Tanks being attacked by people in pick-up trucks and SUVs! Either they are very brave, very desperate, very stupid or all of...
Posted on March 26, 2003 05:21 AM Comments: 0
One sign says it all
Excerpt: One sign says it all - Sydney student protest....
Posted on March 26, 2003 04:58 AM Comments: 0
Peace Passion! Thanks Don!
Excerpt: Peace Passion! Thanks Don!...
Posted on March 25, 2003 09:02 PM Comments: 0
Baghdad blogger! Well, as usual
Excerpt: Baghdad blogger! Well, as usual James knew about this first and has a link to it on his blog, but it was news to me when I received the item from Dom. What's fascinating is that here's a guy in...
Posted on March 25, 2003 08:23 PM Comments: 0
Love George? George Bush? The
Excerpt: Love George? George Bush? The friend who sent me this item said: o my god, they want us to love George and it actually makes sense.... and they added - except the word "psychic" - that bothered her and it...
Posted on March 25, 2003 08:16 PM Comments: 1
Giving war profiteering new life
Excerpt: Giving war profiteering new life Sleeze in the Bushies is more than skin deep and one of the sleeziest looking is this fat cat, Richard Perle. He's one of the main architects of the mess we're in and he's getting...
Posted on March 24, 2003 09:43 PM Comments: 0
War: The sum of all
Excerpt: War: The sum of all our fears There's an excellent summary from the Chicago Tribune here of how the Bush administration has panicked us into war. An example: Seventy years later to the month, President Bush is using fear as...
Posted on March 24, 2003 03:35 PM Comments: 0
Losing the battle for hearts
Excerpt: Losing the battle for hearts and minds This is a thoughtful piece that should give some pause. But who am I kidding? This administration has shown such deep disdain for the rest of the world, why would they start thinking...
Posted on March 24, 2003 08:07 AM Comments: 0
BIG POST ERROR, POST ID
Excerpt: BIG POST ERROR, POST ID 91271937 REPORT IT...
Posted on March 24, 2003 05:30 AM Comments: 0
More from Byrd " But,
Excerpt: More from Byrd " But, today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of...
Posted on March 23, 2003 06:09 AM Comments: 0
Moving beyond protests I am,
Excerpt: Moving beyond protests I am, as always, open to opposing views, but having watched the news and thought about this for a long time, I think I will hang up my protest sign. As always, your thoughts and comments are...
Posted on March 22, 2003 03:35 PM Comments: 0
The Australian contribution from Dom:
Excerpt: The Australian contribution from Dom: In absolute terms Australia's part is less than 1% of the total forces marshalled to invade Iraq. But Australia's relative contribution is eye-opening. Australia has sent 80% of its special forces, half its amphibious ships,...
Posted on March 22, 2003 12:29 PM Comments: 0
Feedback? I've just added a
Excerpt: Feedback? I've just added a feedback system to this blog. You should see a "comments" link at the end of each entry. You can click on this to make comments. I believe you are limited to 1,000 characters, or about...
Posted on March 22, 2003 11:04 AM Comments: 0
How shocked, who shocked? I've
Excerpt: How shocked, who shocked? I've been watching the live pictures of "shock and awe." Of course, all we are seeing is Baghdad, but that is enough. Then I watched the live press conference with Rumsfeld in which he was asked...
Posted on March 21, 2003 05:10 PM Comments: 0
Comic relief... Dom forwarded the
Excerpt: Comic relief... Dom forwarded the following: You know the world has gone crazy when: - The best rapper is a white guy - The best golfer is a black guy - The Swiss hold the America's cup - France is...
Posted on March 21, 2003 05:03 PM Comments: 0
I hope not, but... With
Excerpt: I hope not, but... With any luck this war will be fast and bloodless and we can start worrying about how that encourages the bushwhacker to move onto the next one. At least the Iraqi people will be free of...
Posted on March 21, 2003 10:12 AM Comments: 0
What it is and isn't
Excerpt: What it is and isn't This war is not the result of a failure of diplomacy. This war is not a pre-emptive war. This war is not about weapons of mass destruction. This war is not about terrorism. This war...
Posted on March 20, 2003 10:44 PM Comments: 0
Local peace plans From the
Excerpt: Local peace plans From the American Friends Service Committee in this region, cames the following announcement this morning aimed at all those in the peace movement. I should add that we will have a silent meeting for peace at the...
Posted on March 20, 2003 06:22 AM Comments: 0
War, peace, and beyond... It
Excerpt: War, peace, and beyond... It has started. There will be no turning back, so what can we hope for now? What should we - meaning those who opposed this war - do now that it has started? I have a...
Posted on March 20, 2003 04:40 AM Comments: 0
Bulldozing peace What really happened
Excerpt: Bulldozing peace What really happened to that peace activist in Israel? Although I am conscious of its one-sidedness in a highly-charged, emotional situation, this story has the ring of truth to it. But I also have watched bulldozer operators work...
Posted on March 19, 2003 07:16 AM Comments: 0
Streeeeeetching the truth... .... the
Excerpt: Streeeeeetching the truth... .... the latest nonsense is to claim that Baby Bush has a coalition just like Daddy had. Afterall, we frequently hear Dad went to war with 30 partner nations. Well, we now have 30, or maybe 45,...
Posted on March 19, 2003 06:11 AM Comments: 0
And from Baghdad ... this
Excerpt: And from Baghdad ... this is one of the few stories I have seen that may - just may - have some real comments in it from Iraqis. It is so difficult to tell whens omeone is telling the truth,...
Posted on March 19, 2003 05:47 AM Comments: 0
Whistling in the dark... Friedman
Excerpt: Whistling in the dark... Friedman has an interesting take on the war and the future that I would like to believe, but don't. Still, as a voice in the middle, he is an important one to consider. If our president...
Posted on March 19, 2003 05:11 AM Comments: 0
Australia chooses war .
Excerpt: Australia chooses war . . . . . . but not with the enthusiasm shown by the US. The polls already show a surge for Bush - 66% favoring his decision to go to war! I suspect it will...
Posted on March 18, 2003 07:56 PM Comments: 0
What can you do? A
Excerpt: What can you do? A candle in a window would help. That's the latest symbolic gesture for peace being promoted aorund the world my MoveOn. I think every little bit helps, so I'm digging out a Christmas candle or two....
Posted on March 18, 2003 06:30 AM Comments: 0
NYT on Bush invasion and
Excerpt: NYT on Bush invasion and reaction from Australia Today's " target="_blank">New York Times editorial - which is apparently the last thing of this sort we'll see for a while - is a good summary of the total mess Bush has...
Posted on March 18, 2003 04:24 AM Comments: 0
And the Arab world? There
Excerpt: And the Arab world? There seems to be so little reporting on what's going on in the Arab world, but I did just hear a commentator on ABC say that several respected, moderate Muslim clerics are now calling for a...
Posted on March 17, 2003 09:57 PM Comments: 0
The first casualty (after truth)
Excerpt: The first casualty (after truth) may be ... . . . Tony Blair, who is in serious trouble with Robin Cook's resignation from the Cabinet and others that might follow, which is too bad. Blair is no George Bush. But...
Posted on March 17, 2003 09:10 PM Comments: 0
What a profound contrast! Turn
Excerpt: What a profound contrast! Turn on the evening news and you see the faces of soldiers carrying guns and readying machines of war. There is marshall music and strutting correspondents wearing thier war costume and trying to look oh so...
Posted on March 16, 2003 08:15 PM Comments: 0
What will we see
Excerpt: What will we see - what will happen? What will we see once the war starts? This is as good a guess as I have seen, focusing not so much on what is going to happen, as on how...
Posted on March 16, 2003 06:18 PM Comments: 0
Fakes, Jewish American opinion, and
Excerpt: Fakes, Jewish American opinion, and a good case You know what drives me crazy about Colin Powell and the President using fake documents to make their case? How can our CIA be so incompetent? I mean, these documents were so...
Posted on March 15, 2003 09:37 AM Comments: 0
oh boy - the
Excerpt: oh boy - the Turkey things getting messy. the US has apparently given up on a second vote, as the LA Time reports today, but also is warning Turkey not to go into Iraq and "start a war within...
Posted on March 15, 2003 07:26 AM Comments: 0
Is a US attack on
Excerpt: Is a US attack on Iraq legal? It's a legal mess. One key assertion I don't agree with is this one:"The UN charter allows military action in self-defence and that can include a pre-emptive strike - but only if there...
Posted on March 14, 2003 09:50 PM Comments: 0
. . . God help
Excerpt: . . . God help me, but Pat Buchanan is actually making sense.(See this lengthy piece.) .well, not all the way, but damn, he raises some points and backs them with real sounding quotes so that once you get over...
Posted on March 13, 2003 09:29 PM Comments: 0
Two books on war, religion
Excerpt: Two books on war, religion and evil War can be a lot uglier than you may think - and so can religion. That's the message from two new books which explore these topics and draw some shocking conclusions. Both play...
Posted on March 13, 2003 08:00 PM Comments: 0