Month: April 2003

Thanks to the most crudely partisan decision in the history of the Supreme Court, the nation has been given a President of painfully limited wisdom and compassion and lacking any sense of the nation’s true greatness. Appearing to enjoy his role as Commander in Chief of the armed forces above all other functions of his office, and unchecked by a seemingly timid Congress, a compliant Supreme Court, a largely subservient press and a corrupt corporate plutocracy, George W. Bush has set the nation on a course for one-man rule.  George McGovern

Coelho, feisty librarians & Bill Moyers

Paulo Coelho thanks President Bush.

Librarians at the Santa Cruz public library system used to shred old documents whenever they found the time. But in the age of the PATRIOT Act, they have decided that documents containing personal information on their patrons’ library use, such as logs of internet use and requests for information, should be shredded daily so the library will not be in possession of information that could potentially be subpoenaed. Are these librarians making a stand for first amendment rights or are they hindering the fight against terrorism? Before you make up your mind, read the EFF’s analysis of the Patriot Act. And Chris, USA PATRIOT Act = ‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism’ 🙂

Bill Moyers ruminates on a recent headline, ‘Marines cross the Euphrates’: “Do they know? Do they know, these young Marines, this elite American fighting force. Do they know Alexander the Great crossed the Euphrates, too, on his way to battle — and empire… With his engineers, architects, scientists and scribes, and an army 40,000 strong, their l3-foot spears gleaming in the sun… And on these stones is all that remain of conquests, rebellions and battles — the violent death of rulers — prisoners of war disposed of by execution. For five thousand years the story repeats itself, the victory of one, the defeat of the other… Five thousand years from now, who will be crossing the Euphrates? What will remain from our time? And what will be remembered?”

check it out. you give sam a title and if it inspires him, he’ll draw a picture to go with it and put it on his site. cool.

While we hoped that popular revolt would topple Saddam, we did not wish to see the breakup of the Iraqi state. Extending the war into Iraq would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Unilaterally exceeding the U.N.’s mandate would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. “Why We Didn’t Remove Saddam” by George Bush and Brent Scowcroft, Time Magazine, March 2, 1998, page 31

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