29 January 2004

THIS JUST IN: There are conservatives in America!

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For the next year, [NY Times reporter] David Kirkpatrick—formerly the man charged with covering the book publishing industry—will cover conservatives. Not the Republican Party or the Bush administration. No, it’s real conservatives. […]

“I winced a little when I read that job announcement,” said Times executive editor Bill Keller, “because it was a little like ‘The New York Times discovers this strange, alien species called conservatives,’ and that’s not what this is about.” […]

“Maybe they figured out that’s where the intellectual energy in this country is coming from,” said Paul Gigot, editor of the neoconservative’s sports section, the Wall Street Journal editorial page. “Maybe they could save time and read us. Cut out the middleman.”

At least the NY Times has grasped the fact that conservatives exist other than in survivalists camps in Idaho.

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A view from Iraq

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You can say that it’s great that Saddam is gone and I’m sure that a lot of Iraqis feel it is great that Saddam is gone. But a lot of them gave their lives. And their living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before.

What did Mr. Dean meant by this statement? […] I’m not going to comment about the rightness of the statement with more than saying that only a (blind) man would believe it and only a man blinded by his ambitions would dare to say it, but when you say such words, don’t you mean in other words that the sacrifices made by the American soldiers are all in vain? And that these soldiers are not doing a service to the world, nor to Iraqis and not to America.


Your words and those of others were insults to the Americans, Iraqis and moreover to yourself, and I’m certain you don’t represent the number of Americans you fanaticise about. I’m sorry for being so rude, but I really tried hard to restrain myself from being more direct, and thus nearly as rude as you were. If I wanted to respond just as an Iraqi who is so offended by your words, my feelings wouldn’t have been expressed without using a language nastier than what I’ve committed myself to on writing on this blog.


My heart goes with those brave people and the widows, orphans and mothers of the American soldiers who died while doing this great service for their country, ours and humanity. I can’t imagine what their response would be to such thoughtless words motivated with nothing more than selfish ambitions.

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Not Good Organizations

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The Nobel Peace laureate and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble called human rights organisations a “great curse” yesterday and accused them of complicity in terrorist killings.

“One of the great curses of this world is the human rights industry,” he told the Associated Press news agency at an international conference of terrorism victims in Madrid.

“They justify terrorist acts and end up being complicit in the murder of innocent victims.”

From the NGO point of view, anyone who opposes a regime that provides universal health care is hardly innocent.

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