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, May 10, 2004
It was a long night because it was a long column, with a great deal that had to be left out to keep it from going over the hill.
Later today I'll try to discuss what's happening with Intel, and the new Microsoft Anti-Spam bonding policy which looks pretty good to me. And Palladium isn't gone but it's sure not what it used to be.
I put up some pictures from the party for Ray Bradbury last night. The party was a month ago, but between the space conference and WinHEC I didn't get and pictures up.
The world moves on...
There were many developments last week. I have put them in the discussion topics at the top of the page.
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There is a letter and a comment worthy of your attention in Mail.
Let me strongly urge those with any interest in history and the modern debates to read
http://theoccidentalquarterly.com/vol3no4/frd-hanson.html on Victor Hanson
It contains this quote:
'Aristotle believed a polis had the duty to “teach those that are the respectable by nature that they are not to desire excessive riches,” not because he resented aristocrats having more wealth than he did, but from a belief in noblesse oblige and a realization that the piling up of riches is not the proper end of human existence. '
'Aristotle saw this: “when the farmer class and the class having moderate means are in control of the government, they govern according to laws; the reason is because they have a livelihood, and they are not able to be at leisure, so that they put laws in control of the state and hold only the minimum number of assemblies necessary” '
Keep this in mind as we try to impose democracy on Iraq. Or keep it here at home.
But the rest of the essay shows the evolution of much neo-Con thought.
"Victor Davis Hanson is a fine military historian of classical Greece. He knows so little of political theory that he cannot distinguish imperial aggression from its opposite. Sherman marched for the imperial aggrandizement of the Union; Epaminondas marched to destroy the Spartan empire. In that regard, these two figures were polar opposites. Sherman’s historical predecessors were rather the Persian commanders who attempted to crush agrarian, democratic, “Western” Athens and incorporate it into their empire."
"This “Hanson doctrine,” as it might be called, is not only supremely confused—it possesses a self-righteous Manichean quality worthy of Robespierre."
I urge you to read this review essay. And no, I do not say I agree with every line of it. But it cannot fail to provoke thought.
On Google: the first return for "incompetent empire" is to my page; then nothing for a hundred entries except to a speech by Larry Niven, who of course got the phrase from me. Odd.
I see there are new atrocities in Iraq: against us. I am not surprised.
I will have mail on this shortly. Let's keep our heads. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but sometimes it is important to act instantly. My notion of monuments after 911 might have worked better than much of what we did.
More when my head clears. Meanwhile another letter from a serving officer.
The first thing the new Iraqi government should do is go to the World Court and sue the UN as an organization and Kofi Annan personally for the $10 billion or so the UN allowed to be stolen from the Oil for Food program....
And I have a question from a friend:
I'm curious whether any correspondent has
strong impressions/actual evidence of just what was going on behind the
scenes during that really bizarre sudden firing of Garner and his
replacement by Bremer, and which factions were involved for what reason.
Ahmad Naje Dulaimi, a waiter at a restaurant in Baghdad's Adhamiya neighborhood, was arrested in the middle of the night of July 18. He had once worked for the Iraqi Olympic Committee, which was run by Hussein's son, Uday, and used as a cover for political persecution.
Dulaima was a long-distance freestyle swimmer on the Iraqi national team. A neighbor had informed U.S. soldiers of his affiliation, he said, and suggested to U.S. troops that he was a member of Hussein's militia, Saddam's Fedayeen.
"I had an Olympic Committee card in my wallet, but I told them I was a swimmer," said Dulaimi, a lanky 23-year old with floppy hair and acne. "I guess the Americans believed their spy."
Within days, the informant, a well-known religious figure in the neighborhood, was killed for working with U.S. troops, Dulaimi said.
Dualimi's 11-month imprisonment began in the interrogation rooms of the Adhamiya Palace, a former Hussein villa now being used by U.S. troops. He spent the first night in the T-shirt and shorts he was sleeping in at the time of his arrest, but he was also hooded, with his hands and feet bound by plastic cuffs.
For two days, he consumed only a cracker and several sips of water, he said. On the third night, he was interrogated by two U.S. soldiers, a man and a woman, who were assisted by a Kuwaiti interpreter. The male soldier strode into the interrogation room, Dulaimi said, and immediately urinated on his head.
"They asked me about Baathists in the neighborhood, if there were officers, who sold weapons, and who were Fedayeen. I told them I knew nothing," said Dulaimi, who also spent time in Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib before he was freed on Thursday, according to his release papers and prison identification bracelet. "They said, 'We know you are innocent, but we want information from you. You know these people.' "
Now that ought to work, right? I am sure those troops feel proud of themselves. Where in hell was the adult supervision?
From the same article:
Some American and Iraqi commentators attribute the growth of the insurgency to the decision in May of last year by L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civilian administrator of Iraq, to dissolve the Iraqi military.
The decision was another step in the dismantling of Hussein's government, once dominated by members of the Baath Party. But it had a practical effect of leaving an estimated 400,000 men with military training without jobs. U.S. commanders worried about the consequences, which Iraqis sympathetic to the U.S. project now say have turned out worse than any of the Americans expect
Now there's an understatement...
COPYRIGHT MATTERS: I have opened a special page for this since it is long, and dull to those who are not especially interested. I'll put up a summary here for everyone another time.
If you have time, you may find this interesting:
Another tale of the new order and global economy.
May 13, 2004
This day was devoured by locusts. House fixing -- having the bees dealt with. Getting Sable washed. Shopping. Attempting to pay bills. Dentist to start replacing an inlay that fell out. You name it.
But there was this:
*Public release date: 11-May-2004*
Contact: Michael Bernstein email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society <http://www.acs.org>
Orange, tangerine peels could be better than drugs for lowering cholesterol
A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers.
A joint study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and KGK Synergize, a Canadian nutraceutical company, identified a class of compounds isolated from orange and tangerine peels that shows promise in animal studies as a potent, natural alternative for lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), without the possible side effects, such as liver disease and muscle weakness, of conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs.
So: eat oranges, peels and all...
May 14, 2004
GI Rape Photos Came from Porn Sites, Used for Propaganda: Report By: Charles Farrar 05-04-2004
CYBERSPACE - A published report says graphic images of American GIs raping and sexually abusing Iraqi women were actually produced by U.S. and Hungarian adult Websites - who may not have known the images had been picked up and used as propaganda by at least two Arabic-language Websites protesting the U.S. war in Iraq.
World Net Daily said that two sites - Albasrah.net and a site by the Committee for the Defense of Saddam Hussein posted in Tunisia - posted the images in addition to the now-notorious images of American troops abusing Iraqi prisoners of war.
"Iraqi sources told WND that while they now understand the rape photos are fake, they fear incidents of sexual assault and rape by coalition troops may have occurred or could occur," wrote WND free-lance reporter Sherrie Gossett May 4.
"The Tunisian site described the photos as the 'unedited' versions of actual events and Albasrah ran the photos under the heading 'The Abu Ghraib Prison Photos,' indicating they had received the photos via e-mail," WND said. But the news Website said they discovered the rape and sex abuse images actually came from Iraq Babes, based in the U.S., and Sex In War, based in Hungary, with the Iraqi women depicted portrayed by actresses.
Iraq Babes is said to be registered to Linda MacNew of MacNew Enterprises, a Pennsylvania company, and affiliated to VelocityHosting.com. MacNew did not return a call for comment from AVNOnline.com as this story went to press. Nor was AVNOnline.com able to reach Sex In War registrant Activ Studio KFT, based in Budapest.
But Gossett quoted MacNew as saying she did not know Iraq Babes images were being used as anti-war propaganda until WND contacted her. "That's one of our client sites," MacNew told Gossett about Iraq Babes. "If they're legal photos, I can't just shut them down because of that. I need to investigate this. I appreciate you letting us know."
More views and mail when I catch up. I am dancing as fast as I can.
If you want to see hysteria in action go to:
read that first.
Good grief, says I. I know a few things about the Company, and they can be incompetent, but not in small details. On that sort of thing they are excellent. It might be possible that the Agency would pull a stunt of this sort, although it is hard to imagine someone high enough in the system to approve it and not have to pass it higher to an adult.
What isn't possible is the gross incompetence noticed here.
May 16, 2004
It is easy to collect material showing the United States in the wrong in Iraq, particularly in the prison scandals. Much of what we are showing below is in that category, and things are done here that should not happen although few compare to Waco for sheer horror and bullheaded arrogance of government protecting its minions.
We should not lose sight of fundamentals, including the elementary fact that the Border Patrol isn't there to keep people in.
This is disturbing: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040524fa_fact but I haven't time to examine it in detail and comment.
I invite commentary.
And we have an interesting view here:
I may have referred to this in Mail already; things are brisk here and I am trying to catch up.
No wrong without a remedy? but we were born free...
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