22 September 2003


From "Winds of Change":http://windsofchange.net comes yet another story of UN and French hostility to nations that are recovering from war and civil strife on their own and showing up the putative help from the self-proclaimed righteous.
With a few exceptions, the donor community in Kigali and western NGOs criticise the government in notably similar terms... Kagame is cool about the criticisms: "It is because we want to do things our own way - they want to give lessons ... We just have to go on with our own business of changing lives here." The most notable of the enemies are the French, who have never forgiven Kagame for winning the war against the French-backed regime responsible for the genocide […]
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Flogging a dead meme

Bill Hobbs rips in to the "President Bush lied about a Ba'ath connection with the 11 Sep attacks":
The only tie between Saddam and the September 11 attack that Bush ever "implied" was a policy tie - that September 11 had made it no longer wise to continue a policy that left Saddam in power.
The key concept is that if Bush _had_ made the claim, there wouldn't have been the huge discussion about pre-emption (this also applies to the "imminent threat from Iraq" claim). But it's still reported that way in major media outlets.
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Please stop trying to help

[source, source]
She said in the interview that she had admonished the French not to try to drive a wedge between the United States and the new Iraqi government by offering tempting plans for quick sovereignty. "Don't think the Iraqis will ever forget what the Americans did in liberating them," she said she told French officials, adding, "we will not allow the Americans to fail."
From an interview with Akila al-Hashemi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, from her hospital bed where she is recovering from an assassination attempt. UPDATE: "al-Hashemi didn't make it":http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=784998 which makes it a successful assassination.
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Andrew Sullivan asks the tough question about American military adventurism --
Geez, do we have an exit strategy yet? Four years later - four years later, president Clinton is telling the world we'll stay there as long as it take to finish the job. The U.N. agrees. As "a reader":http://www.andrewsullivan.com/letters.php points out today, it's just as well Clinton got U.N. Security Council backing for the war … oh, wait. Never mind.
Wait, it's a quagmire but not Iraq? And it's run by the UN? Ow! Ow! Brain overload!
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Another round of journalistic spin

[source, source]
p(qq). When pressed by Mr. Goldberg and audience members, some of these justifications seemed less certain. "Iraq did have contacts with Al Qaeda," Mr. Wolfowitz insisted, momentarily silencing the audience with an accusation even President Bush now says is unsubstantiated. He added, "We don't know how clear they were." Notice the condescension. Now notice the inaccuracy. President Bush has _never_ said that Saddam had no ties to al Qaeda. This is the new anti-war shibboleth, loyally parroted by Schmitt as if it were true. (It's the same as the notion that the president once claimed that the threat from Iraq was imminent. He didn't. But in the anti-war mind, he must have.) All the president conceded was that there was no hard evidence of Saddam's connection to 9/11. (There is, of course, much hard evidence that Saddam was involved in the first WTC attack.) Even the "BBC":http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3118262.stm has conceded as much. Nothing Wolfowitz is reported to have said conflicted with this.
But the story doesn't come out right if we include facts!
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UK singing a new tune

[source, source]
p(qq). The senior detective investigating the murder of Toni-Ann Byfield, the seven-year-old girl shot in the back, yesterday told Britain's black music artists to warn their fans to stay away from guns. p(qq). At a summit with senior music industry figures, including Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal and members of So Solid Crew, Detective Chief Superintendent John Coles, head of Operation Trident which investigates black-on-black gun crime, said it would help stop the shootings if rap musicians, DJs and producers spoke out against Britain's escalating gun culture. What's all this nonsense about 'escalating gun culture'? How can that be? Isn't that something Americans are forced to endure but we Brits are mercifully free of?

-- David Carr

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