If you don't like being hurt… don't hurt people

I think one of the funniest — and most pathetic — things that I've been told in the last month is that none of my news was reputable… A couple people have said that until I stop referring to foreign news (because we all know that if they're not American, they're probably stupid and biassed, right?) and “shills of the left” like the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and so on, and start referring to “reliable” news such bastions of “fair and balanced reporting” as Fox News they couldn't take anything I said seriously seriously. For them, I refer to Fibbing It Up at Fox.

BUSH: Professional Fascist

Funny quote from Hans Blix along those lines:

What surprises me, what amazes me, is that it seems the military people were expecting to stumble on large quantities of gas, chemical weapons and biological weapons... I don't see how they could have come to such an attitude if they had, at any time, studied [existing reports by UN inspectors]. Is the United Nations on a different planet? Are reports from here totally unread south of the Hudson?

Quotes coming directly from Iraq are less funny though, mostly along the lines of Death to Bush! Revenge! as civilians and Saddam's forces continue to fight against the invading pirate forces… The “funny” part is that US lawmakers are now getting worried that there are too many casualties as far as US troops go — they're troops. They know they might die on a combat mission. I'm a lot more concerned about civilians who are dying simply for being born in a country with oil. To quote:

American soldiers in Iraq today make the astonishing admission that they regularly kill civilians. They say they are frequently confronted by fighters dressed as civilians ... The soldiers are furious that their commanders have reneged on promises to send them home as soon as the war was won and are now forcing them into the role of peacekeepers.

Their response is often to shoot first and ask questions later, even when it means killing genuine civilians.

I come not bearing peace, but a sword, right?

Or maybe I have no idea what I came to bring?

Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother ... My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.

- Hosea 4:5-6

Oh, and before you think Syria got away unscathed (since it's been mostly mention of Iran and North Korea), think again — but that's just the start… As the Financial Times reports, “One rogue state down, six still to go!” And to guarantee the world is even worse off, the US is continuing arms sales to Pakistan, a religious extremist nation that publicly sponsors terrorism, and not only that is a nuclear power with one of the most anti-US populations in the region.

The mainstream is so polluted with lies... once you are wet it's so hard to get dry. We are all taught how to justify history as it passes by.

- Ani Difranco

As I've mentioned over the past little while, the US is trying to pressure North Korea (who it refuses to even have negotiations with) into war by giving it no other options. The US now warns Japan that North Korea has nuclear ballistic missiles and they should expect to lose a couple more cities thanks to nuclear attacks brought on by America.

PS. Oops, where did I put that plutonium?

Be the change you want to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

In better news that will never pan out unfortunately,
George Bush and Tony Blair indicted for war crimes; Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, John Ashcroft,Condoleezza Rice, and Tommy Franks also charged with war crimes, with additional charges filed against Bush, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Rice, and Wolfowitz.

In response, Rumsfeld has threatened Belgium (where the international war crimes courts are located) would be “facing consequences” over this “absurd” action and in fear of further tensions, Belgium is forcing their courts to drop all charges. Yeah, because murdering tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people or far more, without provocation of any kind isn't a war crime? To suggest that mass-murder of innocent people in the name of greed is wrong is obviously “absurd”, right?

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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