13 October 2004

Don't speak – don't tell me ‘cause it hurts

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Mr Kehoe said that work to uncover graves around Iraq, where about 300,000 people are thought to have been killed during Saddam Hussein’s regime, was slow as experienced European investigators were not taking part.

The Europeans, he said, were staying away as the evidence might be used eventually to put Saddam Hussein to death.

This kind of willful ignorance, the preference for Saddam Hussein over his victims – that’s why I bash the EUlite. It’s time to move on and abandon Europe. There’s no point in discussing things with nations whose ruling class deliberately discards facts when they’re inconvenient for the latest political posturing fad.

UPDATE: I didn’t realize what a trifecta of the EUlite this was - indifference to suffering, favoritism to despots, and ineffectiveness. The epitath of a continent.

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Old Media, where no news means good news

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Local insurgents in the city of Fallujah are turning against the foreign fighters who have been their allies in the rebellion that has held the U.S. military at bay in parts of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland, according to Fallujah residents, insurgent leaders and Iraqi and U.S. officials.

Relations are deteriorating as local fighters negotiate to avoid a U.S.-led military offensive against Fallujah, while foreign fighters press to attack Americans and their Iraqi supporters. The disputes have spilled over into harsh words and sporadic violence, with Fallujans killing at least five foreign Arabs in recent weeks, according to witnesses.

“If the Arabs will not leave willingly, we will make them leave by force,” said Jamal Adnan, a taxi driver.

A hopeful sign, but not a guarantee.

Although speaking of which, what happened to Najaf? That doesn’t seem to be in the news anymore. I presume that means that it isn’t generating stories of the collapse of the occupation.

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