Terry Jones of Monty Python fame has his say.
Terry Jones: I’m losing patience with my neighbours, Mr Bush
Sunday January 26, 2003
I’m really excited by George Bush’s latest reason for bombing Iraq: he’s running out of patience. And so am I!
For some time now I’ve been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street. Well, him and Mr Patel, who runs the health food shop. They both give me queer looks, and I’m sure Mr Johnson is planning something nasty for me, but so far I haven’t been able to discover what. I’ve been round to his place a few times to see what he’s up to, but he’s got everything well hidden. That’s how devious he is.
Okay, so first we’re all traitors. Now we’re all Iraqi spies. They’ll say anything to try to shut us up (and lock us up).
Exclusive: Report: Iraqi spies in U.S.
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON – Iraq sent spies from Canada to New York and Washington this month to snoop and stir up anti-war demonstrations, according to a government report obtained by the Daily News.
The classified document also reveals a plot by Al Qaeda-linked militants in Zimbabwe to attack American targets in that country and elsewhere if the U.S. declares war on Iraq.
Recently, in my spare hours lying awake at night thinking of the earth’s IMPENDING DESTRUCTION AT THE HANDS OF A MONKEY, I comfort myself with reading selections from The Gospel According to Alex.
Linked from Fridge Magnet Concoctions
The outrage builds and spreads. Gotta hand it to the Episcopalians!
Episcopalian leader lashes out at Bush for ‘reprehensible’ policy
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
BY KEVIN ECKSTROM
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON — The top bishop of the Episcopal Church, in a stinging rebuke of American foreign policy, said the United States is rightly “hated and loathed” around the world for its “reprehensible” rhetoric and blind eye toward poverty and suffering.
“I’d like to be able to go somewhere in the world and not have to apologize for being from the United States,” Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold 3rd said Friday in an interview with Religion News Service.
Griswold, head of the 2.3million-member church, blasted the Bush administration for its wartime rhetoric, especially labeling Iran, Iraq and North Korea an “axis of evil.”
“Quite apart from the bombs we drop, words are weapons and we have used our language so unwisely, so intemperately, so thoughtlessly … that I’m not surprised we are hated and loathed everywhere I go,” he said.
In essence, we are headed by a South American, banana republic style dictator says this witty article in the Guardian.
American presidents all mixed up
In a bizarre twist, global bankers love Lula and despair of Bush
Wednesday January 29, 2003
It’s surprising that no one has noticed this, but it looks as if there has been a terrible mix-up involving American presidents.
For some time there have been suggestions that US president George Bush doesn’t know what’s he is doing. The answer is simple: he’s supposed to be the president of Brazil.
Meanwhile, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – or Lula, as the new president of Brazil is known – should be president of the United States. The mix-up is obvious, when you consider the facts.
Wealthy oligarchs, who reach high office through nepotism, promoting friends of their family into government while presiding over corporate sleaze, and running up vast debts by making tax giveaways to their rich, rightwing supporters – that’s the sort of behaviour that South American presidents are renowned for.
Meanwhile, policies of stern fiscal prudence, applauded by the international financial markets, coupled with tough welfare reform, is what is expected from leaders of the United States.
But in a bizarre geo-political twist, these stereotypes have been turned on their heads. While the president of South America’s most important country couldn’t be more different as a person than the president of North America’s most important country, it’s hard not to think the world would be a better place if the two men swapped jobs.
For another frightening Bush game, check out Andy Foulds Flash Designs. Navigate using the blocks at the bottom. The Bush that follows your cursor around the screen is particularly unnerving.
I met many people tonight who just had to get out of the house so they could avoid Little Caesar’s State of the Empire speech. I should have told them that they could have stayed at home and had minutes of fun with the Make Your Own Bush Speech Flash animation.
A preview of the vile, horrific destruction we are going to be visiting on innocent people soon. This is gut-wrenching stuff. Can’t we do anything?
AlterNet: “Shock and Awe”: Guernica Revisited
By Gar Smith, AlterNet
January 27, 2003
Forget Osama. Forget Saddam. The Pentagon’s newest target is the city of Baghdad.
US military strategists have announced a plan to pummel the Iraqi capital with as many as 800 cruise missiles in the space of two days. If George W. Bush gets the war he wants, Baghdad could become the 21st Century’s Guernica.
On April 26, 1937, 25 Nazi bombers dropped 100,000 pounds of bombs and incendiaries on the peaceful Basque village. Seventy percent of the town was destroyed and 1,500 people, a third of the population, were killed.
The Pentagon now predicts that its Baghdad blitzkrieg could approximate the devastation of a nuclear explosion. “The sheer size of this has never been… contemplated before,” one Pentagon strategist boasted to CBS News. “There will not be a safe place in Baghdad,” a city of 5 million people.
The Pentagon dubbed its cold-blooded attack plan “Shock and Awe” , a bizarre conjunction of trauma and admiration. Shock and awe were the very emotions that Americans experienced on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, like the 9/11 terrorists, Bush and Co. are planning a similar act of almost unparalleled ferocity , a devastating premeditated attack on a civilian urban population.
My latest review is up at the Valley Voice, this being on Guy Maddin’s Dracula.
World to Bush: “Everybody hates you and they think you’re an idiot.”
World rebels against America
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
Having positioned enough U.S. troops and equipment all around this Persian Gulf neighbourhood, George W. Bush can launch a war on Iraq any time, with or without United Nations’ approval. But he has already lost the political war.
That came through loud and clear in my journey through Europe, the Middle East and Asia in the last three weeks. It should become evident to North Americans in the days ahead.
Tomorrow, the United Nations arms inspectors will call for a continuation of their work to disarm Iraq peacefully.
On Tuesday, Bush will deliver his State of the Union address and be applauded on Capitol Hill and in the obeisant American and copycat neo-con Canadian media. But around the world, his words likely will bring public derision, so eroded is American credibility. A similar fate awaits the promised American “evidence” against Iraq.
On Wednesday, when the Security Council meets, France, assisted by Germany, will lead Russia, China and others in resisting American calls for a U.N. mandate for war. For the first time in its history, the council may be confronted with an anti-American resolution.