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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Detachment from reality

The Independent's Patrick Cockburn outlines the mindset of the Bush administration in both Iraq and New Orleans:

"Again and again in New Orleans, as in Baghdad, the White House seems to be fatally detached from reality. In both places there is an inability to take on board bad news. A politically moderate Iraqi businessmen told me this week how he'd met a delegation of neo-conservatives from the Heritage Foundation in Washington at the time of the elections in Iraq.

"He explained to them that he would not vote because the poll would be just an ethnic or sectarian headcount of Kurds, Shia and Sunni which would increase hostility between communities. The war would get worse. My friend recalled that as he tried to explain the reality of Iraq to these Republican true believers, their faces became steadily more hostile. "They really were people who saw any disagreement with Bush as a sign of hostility to the US," he reflected sadly.

"A striking feature of Baghdad is that for all the billions of dollars spent here since the fall of Saddam there is hardly a new building under construction. Nobody knows what happened to the money, vastly greater than that supposedly purloined by Saddam under UN sanctions which has been so assiduously investigated in New York. Most of Baghdad is getting four hours of electricity blackout and two hours' erratic supply before the cuts begin again."

7 Comments:

Blogger Jews_Must_Die said...

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:02:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Folks like Dahr Jamail have bween writing for a long time about the poor infrastructure in the new Iraq. How many years will it take before basic services are restored?

In the interim, we get, "you expect everything to happen overnight" from the 101st fighting keyboardists. Time drags on, and their victories fail to materialise. The lie that this was all about the Iraqi people is no longer tenable.

The challenge for those who oppose the invasion and occupation is to unravel the damage done by the war-mongers without allowing further destruction. Lose-lose, I feel.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:31:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I must have swallowed a typo pill. Sorry...

Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:33:00 pm  
Blogger Jews_Must_Die said...

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:26:00 pm  
Blogger Jews_Must_Die said...

How many people visit this site? well.. there's me and anthony, then there's 'dirt box option' which makes THREE! whoopee! you've hit the fuckin' big time Anthony you assclown!! LOL!!
why dont you respect your heritage you putz? oi!

Monday, September 12, 2005 6:18:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Why would a Jew call himself 'jews must die'?

Am I missing something? Or are you not a Jew?

Maybe I'm an antisemite for asking such a question, but given your moniker, it's a fair one.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:05:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I'm a Jew, just not a religious one. Why would a Jew call himself "Jews Must Die"? Good question, it's just a suspicion.
Besides, read this for where it's coming from. Maybe:

http://www.masada2000.org/

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:24:00 pm  

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