Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Where are the local Guard units?

More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Brigade serving in Iraq can only watch from Baghdad as Hurricane Katrina bears down on their families and homes in New Orleans and the other south Louisiana communities from which they hail. The deployed soldiers and their equipment, which includes high water vehicles, Humvees and generators, will be sorely missed as Louisiana attempts to prepare for and recover from the historic Category Five storm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Women social rights not essential

Citizen's Rent has an excellent post tearing apart the hypocrisy of the neocons concern for Iraqi women:

On a fairly regular basis, we hear Republican leaders like Bush and Cheney defend the war in Iraq on the basis of the benefits to women there. I've posted on this before, noting that I don't buy their convenient embrace of women's rights. Well I was right to be suspicious. Just read the following statement made by a loyal member of the neocon movement.

I mean, one hopes that the Iraqis protect women's social rights as much as possible. It certainly seems clear that in protecting the political rights, there's no discussion of women not having the right to vote. I think it's important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy. We hope they're there. I think they will be there. But I think we need to put this into perspective.
Former Middle East specialist for the CIA, Reuel Marc Gerecht (Meet the Press, 8/21/05)

Hmm. I wonder what kind of outcry there would be if he said "Kurds social rights aren't critical to the evolution of democracy"? Quite a loud one, I think.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Rightful Owners

On Danny Carlton's blog, there's a post about how a new find in Israel should somehow help justify kicking the Palestinians out of their homes in order provide housing for European Jews:

Jonathan Tobin
‘Now the Stones Will Speak’

For those who hate Israel, one of the most dangerous things a Jew can do in Jerusalem is to start digging. Because the more you dig there, the worse it gets for those who would like to pretend that Israelis are alien colonists imposing their rule on the so-called indigenous people of the region....But last week, the debunkers of Jewish history got some bad news. And all it took was for a dedicated archaeologist to start digging.Dr. Eilat Mazar, senior fellow of the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center's Institute for the Archaeology of the Jewish People, made public the results of the dig she had been conducting since February in an area south of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, where scholars believe the city of David existed. What she produced ought to help quiet those who think Jewish history is bunk.Amid the soil and rocks of the place that is now the village of Silwan, Mazar uncovered the ruins of the building she's sure was the palace of David itself — the very same structure that was built, according to the Bible, by King Hiram of Tyre for Israel's greatest king, around 1,000 BCE.

This is great logic. Unfortunately, I found an arrowhead outside my house and have yet to find any signs of ancient European settlement. I therefore that we all move back to Europe and vacate our homes so that they can be occupied by the rightful owners.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Plane Crash

A plane has crashed in Toronto. Fortunately, all 309 passengers have survived, with only minor injuries reported thus far. The initial scenes on TV made it look like everyone was going up in flames. I'm surprised that the news agencies weren't aware of the fact that the passengers had already left the aircraft.