»This nation is about to embark upon the first test of a revolutionary doctrine applied in an extraordinary way at an unfortunate time. The doctrine of preemption — the idea that the United States or any other nation can legitimately attack a nation that is not imminently threatening but may be threatening in the future…… Continue reading Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences
»The United States Congress has stepped in to find nearly $300m in humanitarian and reconstruction funds for Afghanistan after the Bush administration failed to request any money in the latest budget.« [Daypop Top News Stories] So much about “bringing peace to the world”…
It was obvious that the Iraqi officials are going to be delighted by the anti-war protests. But they should be aware that there is a difference between »anti-war« and »pro Iraq«. These millions of people spoke out to Saddam Hussein as well: »The world doesn’t want a war – so disarm!«.
John Robb tries to think through why people may oppose a war. He lists some: Opposition to all war.Frustration with the US, as the sole superpower in the world, exercising its military power without considering the desires of the rest of the world. This is tied to the hope, that global activism in combination with…… Continue reading Reasons for war
Dave Winer seems to suggest that 9/11 equals the war experience in France and Germany: »A common response from across the ocean. Unlike the US, France and Germany know what war is like. There’s the disconnect. Click here. Clue: That’s not Germany or France.« Clue to Dave: This is how many European cities looked like…… Continue reading US war experience?
400.000 more than expected. That’s the biggest peace demonstration in Germany ever.
Ok – here is a scenario: Japan launches a preventive attack on North Korea, Pakistan launches a preventive attack on India, Russia launches a preventive attack on Cechnia, China launches a preventive attack on Taiwan, Israel launches (another) preventive attack on Palestine. In this scenario I think a preventive attack on Iraq from U.S. is…… Continue reading Prevention
»I’m certain I’ve just as much justification for killing Mr. Johnson’s wife and children as Mr. Bush has for bombing Iraq. […]Mr. Bush’s long-term aim is to make the world a safer place by eliminating ‘rogue states’ and ‘terrorism’. It’s such a clever long-term aim because how can you ever know when you’ve achieved it?«
NY Times: »In a two-hour interview in his United Nations offices overlooking Midtown Manhattan, Mr. Blix, the chief chemical and biological weapons inspector, seemed determined to dispel any impression that his report was intended to support the administration’s campaign to build world support for a war to disarm Saddam Hussein.[…]Finally, he said, he had seen…… Continue reading Blix Says He Saw Nothing to Prompt a War
Norman Schwarzkopf: »”The thought of Saddam Hussein with a sophisticated nuclear capability is a frightening thought, okay?” he says. “Now, having said that, I don’t know what intelligence the U.S. government has. And before I can just stand up and say, ‘Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we need to invade Iraq,’ I guess I…… Continue reading Desert Caution
“Iraq stands alone because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place.” —Pres. Bush addressing the nation from Cincinnati on Oct. 7, 2002 This PDF map shows all (?) production facilities and arsenal storages for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the USA.
»Military officials have been focusing their planning on the use of nuclear arms in retaliation for a strike by the Iraqis with chemical or biological weapons, or to pre-empt one, Arkin says.«
“The religious cant that will send American troops into battle is perhaps the most sickening aspect of this surreal war-to-be. Bush has an arm-lock on God. And God has very particular political opinions. God appointed America to save the world in any way that suits America. God appointed Israel to be the nexus of America’s…… Continue reading The United States of America has gone mad
Since they were enacted in 1998, the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), codified in section 1201 of the Copyright Act, have not been used as Congress envisioned. Congress meant to stop copyright pirates from defeating anti-piracy protections added to copyrighted works, and to ban “black box” devices intended for that purpose.In…… Continue reading Unintended Consequences: Four Years under the DMCA
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