Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
That's William F. Buckley, in a wide-ranging CBS news interview, who says the Iraq War has "engulfed" this presidency. Buckley, founder of right wing pub The National Review, and viewed by many as the founder of modern conservatism also offers this choice nugget:
"If you have a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign."
Ouch. Remind me again, who constitutes Bush's base?
This war is not a just war. Israel is using excessive force without distinguishing between civilian population and enemy, whose sole purpose is extortion. That is not to say that morality and justice are on Hezbollah's side. Most certainly not. But the fact that Hezbollah "started it" when it kidnapped soldiers from across an international border does not even begin to tilt the scales of justice toward our side.
"Israel is determined to carry on the fight against Hezbollah," [Ehud] Olmert said at a press conference Rice, on the latest leg of her tour to discuss a conflict that has now left more than 380 people dead in Lebanon alone.
Olmert said: "We are not fighting the Lebanese government or the Lebanese people. We are fighting against Hezbollah."
Fair enough, but then there's this:
Right now I suppose the Lebanese government and people are grateful that Isreal isn't fighting against them. Then again, by the looks of those numbers, Hezbollah must be pretty grateful Israel isn't doing much fighting against them either...
Of the total 373 people killed in Lebanon since hostilities began nearly two weeks ago, 326 were civilians and 27 were Lebanese soldiers and police.
Another 786 civilians and 81 soldiers and policemen have been wounded, as have two members of the UN surveillance force deployed along Lebanon's southern border.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
"It's terrible, I see a lot of children wounded, homeless, suffering. This is a war where civilians pay a disproportionate price in Lebanon and northern Israel. I hadn't believed it would be block by block leveled to the ground," he said.
He said the "disproportionate response by Israel is a violation of international humanitarian law."
The thousands of Christians in Washington -- who came and are staying at their own expense -- will be urging US government "not to restrain Israel in any way in the pursuit of Hamas and Hezbollah", he said.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Rice Urges Isreal to Exercise RestraintMeanwhile, from The New York Times:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Israel on Thursday to exercise restraint in its attacks against Lebanese targets and demanded Syria press Hizbollah guerrillas to stop attacking Israel.
"It is extremely important that Israel exercise restraint in its acts of self defense," she told reporters traveling with President Bush in Germany.
U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis'nuff said.
The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.
The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said.
Friday, July 21, 2006
"Israel has a right to defend itself," Bush said at the start of the current Middle East crisis. No doubt. But the Israelis aren't defending themselves any more than the Bush Administrative is defending us. Each is using a crime--the kidnapping of two soldiers, the 9/11 terrorist attacks--as an excuse to wage war against innocent people who had nothing to do with it. Meanwhile, the criminals--the kidnappers and those behind 9/11--are allowed to get away scot-free.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
First, fresh from the big Comicon in San Diego, an all-new CG-animated version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (the fourth big screen outing for the amphibious foursome for those of you keeping score), now bearing the newer, hipper monicker TMNT. My buddy Sean Coyle worked on this one, so it's with a certain amount of pride that I finally took a gander at some footage.
Second, and admittedly I'm a few weeks late with thiso ne, our initial peek at Michael Bay's splashy live-action Transformers, which made its debut in front of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (the inexplicable success of which has me utterly perplexed...). Not much to go on just yet, so we'll have to reserve judgement for the time being.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
"I think it would be a mistake to ascribe moral equivalence to civilians who die as the direct result of malicious terrorist acts," he [Bolton] added, while defending as "self-defense" Israel's military action, which has had "the tragic and unfortunate consequence of civilian deaths".Here's one recess appointment that can't end fast enough.
"It's simply not the same thing to say that it's the same act to deliberately target innocent civilians, to desire their deaths, to fire rockets and use explosive devices or kidnapping versus the sad and highly unfortunate consequences of self-defense."
Friday, July 14, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
One of the effects of nationalist thinking is a loss of a sense of proportion. The killing of 2,300 people at Pearl Harbor becomes the justification for killing 240,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The killing of 3,000 people on Sept. 11 becomes the justification for killing tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And then, as if in silent confirmation of Zinn's words, I found this shirt for sale. 'Nuff said.
Lieberman called for war with Iraq before Bush did -- in a 2001 letter to the president that was also signed by Arizona Senator John McCain -- and he has been such an enthusiastic booster of the occupation that Bush actually kissed the Connecticut senator at the 2005 State of the Union.
Nothing, not realities on the ground in Iraq, nor realities on the ground in Connecticut, has caused Lieberman's loyalties to waver.
But it is possible to be principled and wrong. And, in the case of both Lieberman and Bush, it is certainly possible to mistake principle for a stubborn refusal to admit fundamental errors.
Whatever the explanation for the Connecticut senator's "my-president-right-or-wrong" positioning, one thing remains certain: Lieberman's principles are, indeed, Bush's.