I miss doing the news… It's absolutely fascinating — after (and before) 9/11, Osama bin Laden made two key demands: first, he demanded that Saddam's regime in Iraq be overthrown and that it be replaced by a Shiite theocracy (since Iraq was the most “free” of all the Arab nations in many ways, especially as far as women's rights and so on). Thanks to a lot of help from the US (without which it would not have happened, and Iraq would have soon become Saddam's dream and Osama's nightmare: a “Western” country with Western ideals), this is happening as we watch in horror (more, more, more, more).
His other key demand (more) was that the US pull its bases out of Saudi Arabia, which just happened as well (more, more)… So at this point, we really have to start asking ourselves: does that mean that Osama and al Qaeda won??? Why did the US unconditionally comply with his demands?
The White House is now starting to admit that WMDs, Saddam, etc., were not the reason for the attack on Iraq… 9/11 was (more). Given that Osama's demands were met precisely, what does that mean?
Anyway, I just wanted to make that brief comment; I'll start posting news entries again soon (once things get “back to normal” here as far as schedule and such), but I wanted to point at just a few other stories (not that you can trust the news):
- UK government admits that Iraq may well not have actually had any WMDs (more), and charges continue to fly that the war was launched using fraud and deceit by the US (more, more, more).
- Cheney is getting very very very rich from all this (more)… and goddamn does his dick feel a million times bigger right now (more).
- American troops got nailed stripping down Iraqi men and writing slurs on them and then chasing them through the streets with guns (more)… And this is going to make Iraqis love America how…? Continuing to murder children who just want to go to school isn't helping either (more), nor is what increasingly appears to be “professional looting” under US control (more).
- Then of course there's the Patriot Act… So not only did Osama get his way on the big points, he even managed to erode American civil rights (more, more, more, more), setting the stage for the equivilent of radical theocratic rule in the US as well.