Creating yet more chaos

Salim Lone, The Guardian, December 30: Undeterred by the horrors and disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, the Bush administration has opened another battlefront in the Muslim world. With US backing, Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia in an illegal war of aggression. But this brazen US-sponsored bid to topple the popular Islamists who had brought…

The murder Bush had to have

In the end, Saddam received some good old-fashioned colonial justice. Brutal, unnecessary and ultimately futile. The country will continue to descend into chaos (despite Bush praising the execution as a positive development for the country. In his dreams.) The majority of the Iraqis want the Americans to withdraw forces within a year, but this will…

Why?

As 2006 comes to a close, this has been the worst of years for the Iraqi people (the vast majority of whom now believe that life was better before the 2003 invasion.) The most moving reflection I’ve read for some time is by the female Iraqi blogger, Riverbend. Her anger, attitude and understanding is far…

Jesus loves us (especially if you have money)

Five steps to ensure your religious beliefs will be supported by the Australian government: – Join a Christian cult (such as the Exclusive Brethren.) – Watch as the Prime Minister defends your “unorthodox” beliefs (which of course has no connection to the group’s financial support of your party.) – Get raped by members of the…

Praying and begging for victory

Who says the US doesn’t have a plan for Iraq? Independent Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman lays out his ideas: I’ve just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there, all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger…

Stepping out of the ghetto

Jewish, New York blogger Phil Weiss explains, after hearing the rantings of a Zionist lobbyist on campus, what the lobby truly fears: Because America is the mainstay of support allowing Israel to continue its policies in the Occupied Territories. The Israel lobby fears that Americans, if left to their own devices, will abandon Israel, out…

The intelligence bypass

Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, explains the ways in which successive US administrations have found spurious reasons to illegitimately depose democratic governments over the last century: There’s really a three-stage motivation that I can see when I watch so many of the developments of these coups.…